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Bear Denim Co ::. How To Measure
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How to Measure

For Custom-made jeans that look and feel amazing, always measure as you want your jeans to fit not directly against your skin, breathe out normally, and make sure the tape is snug around the waist measurement and when measuring for tight fitting jeans.

1. Natural Waist

This is the smallest measurement in the middle of your body. Wrap a flexible tape measure around your waist. It should be in line with your belly button.

2. Seat

The seat is the very widest part of your lower waist and sits around the top of your thighs.

3. Thigh

The thigh measurement is the circumference around the top part of your thigh. This measurement should be taken on one leg and measured around the widest part of your thigh (usually just below the crutch).

If you want your jeans to be fitted around the thighs then the measurement will be snug against the skin, however if you want a relaxed or baggy fit remember to add a few centimetres to your measurement.

If you are right-handed take your right thigh measurement, and if you are left-handed use your left thigh measurement, as your dominant side may be slightly larger.

8. Leg opening/ Hem circumference at ankle

The circumference measurement will be different on every pair of jeans according to the cut and style you have selected. For example, you will have a larger measurement for flare bottom jeans and a smaller measurement for skinny leg jeans. We recommend measuring a pair of jeans you have already. This measurement is the circumference of the denim surrounding your ankle at the hem.

If you have selected a Capri cut then this measurement will sit be higher on the leg and will need to be measure at your desired hemline.

4. Low Waist

Your low waist measurement is where you want the waistband and do-up button of your jeans to sit. This measurement will determine how high or low your jeans sit on your hips. This is also the position that all other measurements will be taken from when referring to the 'waistband'.

Make sure to take a comfortable measurement – not too loose or too tight. If you want high-waisted jeans, this will be the same as your natural waist measurement.

5. Crutch

The crutch measurement is vital for a comfortable pair of jeans. Hold the start of the measuring tape at your desired waistband position at the back above your bottom. Take the tape under and around through the middle of your legs to the desired waistband position at the front, right where you would expect the do-up button would sit.

6. Inseam

The inseam measurement is taken from the mid-point of the crutch of the jeans and down to the ankle. Ensure you allow enough length as this will be the finished length of your jeans..

7. Outer Length

The outer length is taken from your waistband to the finished length of the jeans. Ensure you are standing straight and not bending your keens as you take this measurement.


The measurements you provide us are the measurements we use to make your jeans. If you prefer baggy jeans then make sure you have added enough room to allow for your desired fit. We do not add or take centimetres to your measurements according to style, we do what you tell us!

If you have selected shorts then your measurements will be basically the same, just remember the outer and inseam measurements will stop higher on your leg depending on how long or short you wish your hem line to sit. Your leg opening/ hem circumference will sit higher on your leg at your desired length.