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post #51 of 88
Im a 30"
post #52 of 88
33 inch inseam....and it never hits the ground. I would go crazy if I was tripping over my jeans. CRAZY! I also never wear heels. I thought I was going out of my mind when I saw the measurements of the girls in the forum, cause I always knew I had incredibly long legs...yet my inseam preference was much shorter than other girls posting. It's all a taste issue I suppose, not an issue of what is average.
post #53 of 88
5'5" and with a 31" inseam, my jeans barely brush the ground, standing flat footed.

What is really the desired length? I like the 31" because with flats/loafers, they ride just above the ground and since I have bunions pretty bad, (thanks Mimi!!!) I can't really wear a heal hight than 2".

BTW - hubby is 6'3" and his inseam is 34"
post #54 of 88
32" please. .
post #55 of 88
5'7", and 32 hits right at my ankle, 34" is perfect for sneakers
post #56 of 88
5'5 and like a 30 or 31 inch inseam. I never wear high heels, and am always in flip flops, and not the ones with the thicker sole.
post #57 of 88
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Originally Posted by Keri
5'7", and 32 hits right at my ankle, 34" is perfect for sneakers
Keri, you must be all leg! I am 5'6.5" and 34" is TOO long! You are lucky!
post #58 of 88
I wear a 29/30" inseam. I'm only 5'0" tall though.

I hate that all denim is coming in a standard 34" inseam...the distressing always ends up mid-shin on me!
post #59 of 88
i'm 6ft tall. the majority of the time as a girl i have to settle for 34", but really need more...
post #60 of 88
i need between a 35" - 37" inseam.
post #61 of 88
I think I have short legs for being 5'6, but it's really weird because I don't have a long torso at all. I have a pair of jeans hemmed to 30.5 that are PERFECT for flip flops, they cover all of my feet but stop about .25 inches off the ground so they don't drag. I would say that I only take a 31" inseam, although if it's at around 32" i don't bother hemming.

It's weird, I have a pair of jeans that are 33.5 but even with 3.5 inch heels they drag on the ground

I wish I was one of those girls who take a 33" inseam! It's amazing how many girls shorter than me can wear much longer inseams. No wonder everyone else looks so great
post #62 of 88

There are a lot of long legs here!  Actually, Wroclaw University did a study on leg length (below), and the average woman of 5' 4" has a 29" inseam, so it looks like less than a 30" inseam in jeans is what is average.  If your legs are shorter than average, so what?  We all come in different shapes and sizes, and some of the most beautiful people on the planet have short legs.  Make the most of what you have and feel thankful for what you "do" have!  :)

 

In a study conducted at Wroclaw University in Poland, regarding long legs, 218 male and female volunteers concluded that long legs are more desirable. Very long legs, those with an extra 10 percent leg length, were actually rated as less attractive. The most preferred were legs that were just 5 percent longer than the average leg.
 

The average woman's legs measure 45.3% of her total height.  They found that a person of average height (5ft 4in tall) was rated most attractive when their inside leg measurement was 30.5 in, which is 5% longer than the average leg measurement for a person that size.  So, the perfect leg length (according to this anyway) is 47.7% of one's height.  Below is a formula for finding what precentage your legs are longer or shorter than the average length according to the figures in the study.

 

1) Take your height in inches.

2) Multiply your height by .453, and call this number X (the average leg length for your height).

3) Measure your inseam.

4) Divide your inseam by X, and this will give the percentage of how much longer/shorter your legs are than the average length (ignore what is to the left of the decimal point, and then move the decimal two pts. to the right).


Edited by BlissJane - 4/12/11 at 7:01pm
post #63 of 88

^hmmm--I just did that calculation for 5'6 (my height, 66 inches) and the average was supposedly 29.9, which seems ridiculously short for that height. Average inseam for a 5'6 girl seems to be around 32 (I'm 30.5 in flats, 32-32.5 heels. Stubby little legs here). I have a hugely long torso though, and that makes up most of my height (Paige Rising Glens actually look pretty normal on me, and 7FAM Gingers are still plenty low rise, if that says anything)

 

My mom is 5'10 and a 34" flats inseam, and her legs still look short for her height. Both she and I have figure types that tend to result in short legs.

post #64 of 88
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Originally Posted by shopaholism View Post

^hmmm--I just did that calculation for 5'6 (my height, 66 inches) and the average was supposedly 29.9, which seems ridiculously short for that height. Average inseam for a 5'6 girl seems to be around 32 (I'm 30.5 in flats, 32-32.5 heels. Stubby little legs here). I have a hugely long torso though, and that makes up most of my height (Paige Rising Glens actually look pretty normal on me, and 7FAM Gingers are still plenty low rise, if that says anything)

 

My mom is 5'10 and a 34" flats inseam, and her legs still look short for her height. Both she and I have figure types that tend to result in short legs.


Hmm... or, maybe it's just that what you consider short, others consider long or average?  A 34" inseam seems long to me, even for 5'10"!  Didn't I hear Julia Roberts say that's her inseam length?  I think she's right around that height as well, and she's known for her long legs!   I think you ladies should realize you have great legs (not short!) and enjoy them!  :)
 

post #65 of 88

^haha, no, my legs are definitely not long! If I were one of those dumb Ebay sellers who omitted measurements but said "I'm 5'6 and these are great with flipflops"...I'd get a bunch of very pissed off buyers wondering why my 30.5" inseam jeans are floodwaters on them. If you guys know Dojoqueen from AF, she's 5'4 and change and her flats inseam is 33!

 

Since sizing and figure typing is kind of my thing as a seller, I'll pass on this great link to 12 different body types that the original What Not to Wear girls outlined. Some of them tend to result in long legs, others short...

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-488236/Trinny-Susannah-reveal-12-womens-body-types--you.html

 

Apples, hourglasses, cornets, lollipops, bells, columns (honestly, I think a column is just a skinny apple), those girls tend to be very leggy. (The way I distinguish a bell from a pear is mostly by leg length, that and the bell girls don't have my serious man calves)

 

Skittles, vases, goblets, maybe cellos, and definitely the bricks and pears tend to have short legs. I think Skittles win there...most Eastern European and East Asian girls are that type for some reason. (My mom is Serbian, and an old roommate of mine is Ukrainian, and both are very obviously this type, but are 8" apart in height!). I can personally attest to the fact that pears generally can't boast long legs--but even with all the tall Slavic height genes in the world, my dad's Italian side doomed me to a life of stubby legs, good for stomping grapes, not for finding shoes that are wide enough or jeans that don't need to be hemmed :p At least I can salvage many full inseam pairs with trashed hems, though!

 

If you identify which of those types you might be (ok, the example girls they have aren't terribly clear for some, but I've dressed people for long enough that I can usually tell by looking at you), I can probably give you a good list of brands and cuts you may like :)

post #66 of 88

Shopaholism, you crack me up!!!  haha  I am going to send you a PM - would love your input on body type!!  Thanks for that link!  :)

post #67 of 88

Hmmm...I think you are right~

I like wearing the high heels, so I must have the long inseam...

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Edited by bretty - 4/12/11 at 1:59am
post #68 of 88

Are guys and girls inseams different in length? I am a guy, 5 feet 9 1/2 inches And I wear a 30-31" inseem. 32 is a little too long, and 33 isn't okay at all. 30.5-31 is ideal to have it a little hanging. However, I wear low wait.

post #69 of 88

Techboy,

From my understanding, men have much longer torsos than women, and therefore, much shorter legs.  That inseam sounds about right for your height actually.  :)

 

post #70 of 88

Last I heard, the average women in the US is about 5' 3 1/2". I'm 5' 3 3/4" (to be exact) and I think I'm short, but I actually need a 32" inseam (with flats). I wear a 34" with heels. (however, I can wear some of my 32" with shoes that have just a slight heel, no more than an inch.) But a lot of girls my height wear shorter pants than that. I guess since I'm short waisted, I just have longer than "average" legs. (Basically, every company that sells jeans, sells a 32" as "REGULAR". And most places that sell medical scrubs sell 30" or even 31" as a "regular"..) sounds rather short to be, because I figured a 32" would be average, but reading what everyone else says, I'm thinking more along the lines of about 31" (which you can't really buy, but maybe you and your bf are both right, if you think of it with that aspect.)

post #71 of 88

yea, i agree with the last comment. the measurement's the same, but men are usually built differently. plus, girls fill out their pants slightly different too. when you have more of a butt and you're jeans are fitted, it's going to pull/hold your pants up more. girls usually pull t heir pants up all of the way anyway, while most guys tend to "sag" them more. 

post #72 of 88

^Yup, you're definitely shortwaisted if a 32 inseam is good for you at that height. You're probably either a true hourglass, a bell (leggier version of the pear, made famous by just about any rap song out there) or an apple, depending on how you carry your weight. Lucky!

post #73 of 88

32" for my girl


 

post #74 of 88
Your boyfriend is correct.

There are so many factors to consider though. Body shape, height, and shoes worn make a huge difference. The standard pant is cut at 32". This is for women in the "standard" height range (5'4" to 5'7"). It compensates for those who are on the legged side or those who like shoes with heels. It's much easier to hem pants than to add material to the bottoms, hence the reason for making them longer rather than shorter.

To measure body type (vertical), find hip line (where butt is at its widest - usually 2-3 inches above inseam). Measure down to floor. If this is about half your height you're considered balanced. If less than half, short leg, long torso. If more, long leg short torso. Give or take a couple of inches of course, or even a few if you're very tall.

Given these factors, take a woman whose height is 5'5" (average). That's 65 inches. Halved is 32.5. Take off 2-3 inches for for inseam allowance and you've got 29.5 to 30.5 inches as an inseam for the balanced body type. So he's accurate.

Also keep in mind that pear shaped women are the most common body type. And they tend to have longer torsoes/shorter legs. So the average may actually be less than 30" if taking that into account. More like 28".

Most women I know have to shorten pants. I don't know many who prefer big heels though, so keep that n mind. I'm 5'7". I wear a 31 inch inseam with flats. I'm of the balanced body type. I also have a very short waist, and this outer leg measurement I believe is where people confuse men as having shorter legs than women. Men actually anatomically have similar inseams to women but shorter waists proportionate to height. They don't carry children so they don't need a long middle. Hence men's pants have a shorter rise but similar inseam.
post #75 of 88
Hourglass and pear types are actually typically short legged or balanced. Those who think men have shorter legs are off the mark. Men just don't wear heels and don't have their legs photoshopped to be longer for magazine shoots. I'm a kinesiologist and have a degree in physiology.
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