What Size Sweatpants Should I Get? Sweatpants Sizing Guide
There is a reason sweatpants are popular. They are typically lightweight, comfortable, and easy to wear. They can be worn on your daily morning runs or your weekly trip to the grocery store. Find your correct sweatpants size in the charts below.
They’re also perfect to wear on the couch when it’s rainy and gloomy, and all you want to do is lie around sipping hot tea. They’re one of the most versatile clothing pieces, and we don’t see them going away anytime soon.
Wearing sweatpants out of the house is not always very stylish and fashion-forward, despite many fashion bloggers making it work and looking great. How they do that is a different topic altogether, but the key to it all is picking the right size of sweatpants.
How do you ask? We hear many people complaining about sweatpants shrinking after only a few washes or stretching out so much that they’re too loose to be worn. These things can make it confusing to find the right size, so follow these tips to get the best fit.
How do I know my size and What Size Should I Get?
Never eyeball your size when shopping for any type of clothing. Of course, knowing your measurements will ensure that you pick your proper size. This is also the only way you can make sure that you are not wasting time and money for returns when you get the wrong size from shopping blindly at an online store.
Keep in mind your waist, hip, and inseam measurements when shopping for sweatpants, but your full measurements are helpful when picking other garments.
Here is how to take proper measurements:
The best way to do this is to remove all of your clothes except for your underwear. Have a pen and paper handy to write your measurements down.
- Measure your neck: Wrap the measuring tape around the base of your neck while inserting a finger between the tape and neck to give an allowance for a more accurate and comfortable fit.
- Measure your chest: Find the fullest part of your chest and wrap the measuring tape around it, keeping it firmly under your armpits.
- Measure your waist: Measure slightly below your natural waist, since this is where you would normally wear pants. Remember to insert a finger between the tape and your waist again for a more comfortable fit.
- Measure your hips: Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips. Do the finger trick again for a more comfortable and realistic fit.
- Get your inseam measurement: The best way to do this is to measure a pair of pants that fit you perfectly instead. Measure the inseam, starting from the crotch and ending at the bottom of the waistband.
Numeric Sizing and their Equivalents
Now that you have your measurements base your clothing size on the tables below.
Sweatpants Size Chart For Men
|Numeric Waist Measurement||General Sizing||Sizing Abbreviations|
|44-46”||Double Extra Large||XXL|
|48-50”||Triple Extra Large||XXXL|
Men’s Tops – Where to Measure
- Neck: Measure the circumference of your neck, leaving your forefinger between your neck and measuring tape to simulate a relaxed collar for your top.
- Chest: Measure around your chest in a complete circle, starting from the fullest part of your chest and moving around in a complete circle.
- Waist: Measure around your waist at the line where you normally wear your pants and insert your forefinger between your skin and the measuring tape to simulate the slack between your waist and the pants.
- Sleeve: Take your tape from the center back of your neck and, with your arm bent slightly, measure the length from there to your waist. It helps if you are wearing undergarments while you do this for a natural elbow bend.
- Between Sizes: If your measurements place you in between traditional sizes, then it is often the safer bet to go with a size up. So, if you’re between a medium and a large, it would be best for you to purchase a large. This allows for shrinkage, among other things.
Men’s Clothing Size – Bottoms
- Waist: Measure around your waist where you normally wear your pants, and, keeping your forefinger between your measuring tape and your skin, measure in a complete circle around. It helps if you are wearing your undergarments while doing this for a more accurate measurement. If you find yourself between sizes, go with the larger size.
Sweatpants Size Chart For Women:
|Numeric Sizing||General Sizing||Size Abbreviation|
|20-22||Double Extra Large||XXL|
|24-26||Triple Extra Large||XXXL|
Women’s Sweatpants Size Chart
- Chest/Bust: Measure the fullest part of your bust and move your tape in a firm circle underneath your armpits and around your shoulder blades for the most accurate measurement. If you find yourself between sizes, go with the larger size.
- Bottoms: Measure around your waist below where you normally wear your pants and, keeping your forefinger between your skin and the measuring tape, complete a circle from your starting point. If you are between sizes, go with the larger size. It is important to remember that the inseam length on your pants assumes that they rest on your ankles. To get the most accurate measurement, use your jean size and subtract two inches from the inseam length. Again, if you find yourself between sizes, go with the larger size.
Sweatpants Sizing Guide
One of the biggest hurdles consumers face when shopping online for clothes is the problem of sizing. Getting just the right size is often more than just a matter of looking at size labels and going from there. We’ll show you a few extra steps you can take to make sure that you get the sweatpants that fit right for you. These tips should help you not only order with confidence but also give you a fit that is comfortable and flattering.
To start, sweatpants, like any other type of clothing, often corresponds to what you normally wear in terms of size. That is, if you wear a large size shirt, then you likely wear the same size in a sweatpant top. Sweatpant tops and bottoms can be gender-specific, with men’s sweatpants offering a looser fit as compared to a more form-fitting style for women. Often, women looking for something less restrictive opt to shop for a men’s top or bottom in the sweatpants category.
Finding out your measurements is quite simple and easy – not to mention useful for a lot of online shopping.
Consider the style of the sweatpants
Manufacturers may produce different lines of sweatpants that cater to different styles and groups of people, so you should also keep this in mind when shopping for sweatpants. The tables above are a common sizing chart, but not all brands follow the same sizes according to measurements so it may be slightly different.
Another thing to keep in mind is if your waist measures 34” and the line of sweatpants you are looking into is notorious for shrinkage, you might want to choose the next size (Large) instead of Medium.
What if my favorite sweatpants shrank?
Can I still salvage them? Do I throw them away?
Don’t throw out your shrunken sweatpants just yet. You can still save them by following these steps to stretch them out:
- Fill your sink or a basin with about 4 cups of water and mix 1 tablespoon of hair conditioner or baby shampoo into it.
- Put the sweatpants in the basin/sink and make sure they’re fully submerged. Leave them to soak for 30-60 minutes. The shampoo or conditioner will relax the fibers of the material and allow them to stretch back to the original size.)
- Take the sweatpants out of the water and wring gently. Lay flat to dry.
- Carefully stretch your sweatpants back to shape with your hands, then place heavy objects on the edges of the sweatpants for them to stay put. Leave the pants this way until they have dried completely.
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