March 24, 2023 5 min read

Trying jeans on in the store can be a pain, so we understand why you’d want to know how to find jeans that fit without trying them on. 

You might think it’s an impossible task, but finding the right jeans without scrambling for the changing room is actually pretty simple when you know what you’re doing.

As athletes ourselves, we know that it can be a pain to get into jeans. They get stuck around your thighs and stick like glue sometimes. Here are some tips to help you avoid that problem.

What this article covers:

Understanding the Perfect Fit

The first and most important step is understanding which fit looks best on you. Is it skinny jeans? Perhaps you prefer a straight cut for your off days. 

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If you just can’t find jeans that fit no matter how hard you try, these tricks might help explain some basic concepts that you can keep in mind when trying them on so you know what to look for. 

Once you know which fit is best for you, you know which jeans you can use the following tips and tricks on. 

Buying New Jeans Without Trying Them On

Whether you don’t have time to try new jeans on or don’t want to deal with the pain of trying them on in-store, these tips ensure the jeans you pick up are the perfect fit. 

You can even use them on a pair of jeans you bought online. Sometimes they arrive at your door and don’t look quite right, and you want to make an immediate decision on whether to return them or not. We’ll help you skip the fuss of putting on jeans that don’t fit quite right.

So if you’re looking at TAILORED ATHLETE’s line of True Muscle-Fit jeans and trousers, there’s something in here for you.

We know how difficult it is to get clothes that actually show off your hard work and not hide it all behind a layer of loose fabric. Our clothes are designed by athletes, for athletes.

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The Neck Method – Waist Size

The neck method measures whether the jeans are the right waist size for you, which might seem a little nonsensical at first. The circumference of your neck is the same as your waist measurement, which is why this works.

So how should jeans waist fit? Basically, the waist section of the jeans needs to wrap around your neck and just touch. You shouldn’t have to stretch the fabric to touch and there should be no overlapping at the contact point.

Here’s how you do it: make sure the jeans are buttoned up and wrap the waist section around your neck like a necklace. Sounds strange, we know. But it works! Look at whether they fit as per the description above.

This won’t work with high-waisted jeans, as those don’t actually sit on your waist, but with everything else, you’re good to go.

The Shoulder Method – Hip Size

The shoulder method measures whether the hip size of the pair of jeans at hand is right for your body. Your shoulders are the same width as your hips, so you can use them to measure.

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For this method, find the widest part of your jeans. This is typically either the waist or the area directly below the crotch where the two legs come together.

You can either hold this part of the jeans up to your shoulders, or you can measure both and compare for size.

If the hips on the jeans are a bit wider than your shoulders, that’s okay. They’ll still fit well as long as they aren’t massively wider than your shoulders. Try to cap the size difference at about 2cm. 

This is a great way to know if jeans fit. If it’s any smaller, the jeans will be too small for you. You know – those kinds of jeans you need to wiggle into and out of, and feel uncomfortable in all day long. 

The Hand Method – Length

Next up in our magic toolbox is the hand method which helps ensure the right length. 

For this trick, grab the ankle area of each leg and stretch your arms out to the side. Examine whether the jeans are the correct length or not by looking at how much the waist section covers your face.

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For the perfect fit, the waist section won’t cover your face at all. It should barely touch or fall just below your chin.

If the jeans hang too far below your chin, you can assume they’re going to be too long for you. If the jeans cover your chin, that means they’re too short for you.

Making Sure The Bottom Hem Is Right

Next, you need to figure out how skinny jeans should fit you at the ankle. We’ve got you sorted. 

The circumference of your clenched fit is about the same as your ankle, and you can use this to determine whether jeans will sit comfortably around your ankle. It’s easy. You simply ball your hand into a fist, and check if your fist fits comfortably through the bottom hem of the jeans.

If it’s too tight, then you know that pair of jeans isn’t for you. If it sits snugly or has a small amount of breathing space, you’re good to go.


It’s really that easy. Simply run through these four tricks and you can find out everything you need to know about whether your jeans will fit without trying them on.

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Of course, you’re always going to get better results when you try the jeans on properly, especially since some cuts of jeans fit differently, so you’re never 100% sure what you’re getting until you can look at them in the mirror.

But if for whatever reason you can’t get to a changing room, or if you just don’t feel like it, these tricks will keep you in good stead.

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