This a guide to show how we are doing our measuring and rounding when it comes to RISE and INSEAM at The Clothes Mine. Yes, there is more than one way to go about this. We are not saying our way is right or the best, we simply want to be able to compare “apples to apples'' for consistency and to help you have the best shopping experience possible.
We also recommend taking measurements at home if you are not able to come and see us OR if you simply prefer to shop online. Some brands list/tag/print their RISE and INSEAM, but since there is no true industry standard for this, one brand's version of a MID RISE will not be the same as another’s.
Measuring helps us to make accurate comparisons!
WAIST MEASUREMENT?: We have not included WAIST MEASUREMENTS in this guide on purpose. There are significant differences in waist measurements versus waist sizes, again, due to lack of industry standards, but also due to the content of the fabric and other factors that influence calculation when dealing with WAIST SIZE. If you are looking very specifically for help regarding WAIST SIZE please make a virtual and/or physical appointment with us :)
BEFORE WE START: You will need a clean flat surface and a measure tape in inches along with the pants/shorts you will be measuring.
- Laying your pants/shorts on a flat surface, make sure that the front is facing up and smooth out the area from the waistband down to the bottom of the front pocket area
- Pull and straighten the seam from the center crotch seam to the top of the waist band including the front zipper and/or button fly
- Take your measure tape and measure from the bottom of the crotch seam to the top of the waist band directly above the top of the front closure (as shown in the photo above)
- IF the measurement is either at the ½ (.5) inch increment or above it, we round UP to the next whole inch increment. For example, if the measurement is 9.5” or higher but not quite 10” then we consider the measurement 10”
- IF the measurement is slightly higher than the whole inch increment but not quite to the ½ (.5) inch increment then we round DOWN to the whole inch increment. For example, if the measurement is higher than 9” but not quite 9.5” then we consider the measurement 9”
- Using this Adjusted Rise Measurement we apply The Clothes Mine RISE categories as follows:
8” = Low Rise
9” - 10” = Mid Rise
11” - 13” = High Rise
8” - 9” = Low Rise
10” - 11” = Mid Rise
12” - 13” = High Rise
- Laying your pants/shorts on a flat surface, waistband to the left and leg bottom to the right. Then open the right leg from the inside crotch seam down to the hem with the inside leg seam facing up and as straight to the leg bottom as possible (as shown above)
- After smoothing out the open leg, keep the inside seam as centered as possible down the entire leg from left to right, take your measuring tape and from the right side of the crotch seam measure along the inside seam of the leg down to the bottom of the hem.
- IF the measurement is slightly lower than the whole inch increment then we round down to the next whole inch increment. For example, if the measurement is anywhere between 30” and 31” then round down to 30”
- This Adjusted Inseam Measurement is now your The Clothes Mine INSEAM measurement
*INSEAM SIDE NOTE: Keep in mind that if the pants that are “Machine Washable” and have not been pre-shrunk/laundered before measuring, THEN after the 1st WASH/DRY there will be a loss of ¼ to ½ inch in LENGTH due to shrinkage. Please keep this in mind whenever comparing/measuring NWT pants to freshly laundered recycled pants!