So I just received my latest J Crew order and thought I'd share some notes. In the past I made the mistake of settling for pants that were off from the tagged size. This time I wanted to ensure the best possible fit so I did a test. I ordered some officer chino pants which were on sale in two different colors - olive green and khaki. I ordered a total of 6 pants - all of them size 34x34. Here are the measurements (the first 3 numbers are olive and the last 3 numbers khaki.)
Waist: 33, 33, 34, 34, 34.5, 34.5
Front rise: 11.5, 11.25, 11.25, 11.5, 11.25, 11.25
Hips: 45, 45, 45, 45, 45, 45.5
Thigh: 12.75, 12.75, 12.5, 12.5, 12.5, 12.25, 12.25, 12.75
Inseam: 34, 33.5, 33.75, 34.25, 33.75, 33.5
Leg opening: 8.5, 8.5, 8.75, 8.75, 8.5, 8.5
Back rise: 16.5, 17, 16.25, 17, 16.75, 17
So in summary the ranges are as follows:
Waist: 33-34.5 = 1.5 inches
Front rise: 11.25-11.5 = .25 inches
Hips: 45-45.5 = .5 inches
Thigh: 12.25-12.75 = .5 inches
Inseam: 33.5-34.25 = .75 inches
Leg opening: 8.5-8.75 = .25 inches
Back rise: 16.25-17 = .75 inches
The waist & inseam is the most important and what most people look at first. However, surprisingly the back rise showed some big variances which made a remarkable difference in appearance. I confirmed this by wearing the lowest and highest back rise pants. The first one hugged my buns nicely, while the 17 inch back rise made my ass look as baggy as a Texas truck driver. The hips and leg opening were all very consistent. The next most important thing to pay attention to was the thighs which had a decent amount of variance especially considering the small amount of space in that area.
In conclusion out of the 6 pairs of pants I found an olive pair that fit me perfect and a khaki pair that looked good but not perfect. The others were wearable but this time I'm not settling so they are going back. The whole point is that it confirmed my suspicion that J Crew's sizing is not consistant so you have to order several pairs to get the right fit.
Also, I picked up a pair of 34x34 officer chino shorts in khaki and the waist came to 35.5 which is way bigger than any of the pant measurements - go figure.