Originally Posted by Ahaz
Well, 'true waist' measurements have gotten me into trouble before. Like when I started putting on a little fat, but still thought I was a 30 (I've since lost the weight).
I just measure my waist about where I think I wear my jeans, and go with that. Unless the jeans are really low rise, I wear them about the same place on my body. If you wanted to be more accurate, you certainly could do what you suggested in your post, and measure out a 'waist' size for low, mid, and high rise.
Thanks, Ahaz. I think it is probably 'better' to go with the most accurate true waist one can measure -where the jeans sit, since there are those factors, noted earlier, that contribute to sizing differences, like variations in size across batch runs and degrees of stretch.
I wonder if in the jeans measurement thread, there might be room for some sort of appraisal of jeans/body type. Something along the lines of "this is great for those that are thin-as-a-stick" or "this is good for the muscle-bound". I guess much of this is subjective. However, while pretty much anyone can wear 501s, you know, there are some body types and jeans that don't mix well.
I practice the trial-and-error method of trying 'em on and then assessing. Measurements are great, but I wonder if any generalizations can be applied. Maybe not. But, then again, maybe so.