Jean Fit Option Guide

With Todd Shelton jeans, you have 6 fit points you can adjust in small increments. In this article, we’ll show you how to navigate these fit points. If you don’t have the time or interest to get involved with this guide, you don’t need to, we can help you order. But if you want to a more complete understanding of your available fit options, this guide is designed to be helpful.

The following fit points can be controlled independently, giving us the flexibility to help you find your desired fit.

  • Waist
  • Seat & Thigh
  • Rise
  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Length

Waist


Waist is your jeans primary fit option. Your jean is built from the waist down. We add 1 1/2″ to the labeled waist size. For example a 34 waist will measure 35 1/2″. Adding 1″ to 1 1/2″ is an industry average, meaning our jean waist measurement will be similar to most jean brands. For this reason, we recommend starting with your normal jean waist size.

Jean Waist Measurement

We recommend your jean waistband be comfortably snug at first. Your jean waistband will stretch with wear and revert to its original measurement after washing. For example, your waistband could stretch 1/2″ the first day and up to 1″ after 10 days. Starting snug, will help the jean from getting overly loose as you wear it.

How to Measure Waist

To gauge your Todd Shelton waist size, you can measure a jean you already own. Start with your best fitting, preferably washed (not stretched from wear). Lay your jean on a rigid table (not a bed) like shown above. Pull the outside edges of the waistband outwards to remove any slack. Measure across in the center of the waistband – the edges or your ruler should not exceed the outside edges of the waistband. Pull the jean up, put back on table, and measure again to make sure your measurements are consistent. Match your measurement to the list below.

  • Labeled Waist Size / Measurement Across Waistband
  • 28 = 14 3/4
  • 29 = 15 1/4
  • 30 = 15 3/4
  • 31 = 16 1/4
  • 32 = 16 3/4
  • 33 = 17 1/4
  • 34 = 17 3/4
  • 35 = 18 1/4
  • 36 = 18 3/4
  • 37 = 19 1/4
  • 38 = 19 3/4
  • 39 = 20 1/4
  • 40 = 20 3/4
  • 41 = 21 1/4
  • 42 = 21 3/4

Put on the jean you just measured. Think about how you would change the fit to make it better. For example, if it feels a little loose, you could subtract 1/2″ from its measurement when comparing to the list above.


Fit (Seat & Thigh)


Fit is the area below the waistband down to above the knee. It encompasses your seat and thigh areas. The following Fits are separated by 1″ around the seat and 1/2″ around the thighs.

  • Lean
  • Lean/Basic
  • Basic (Best Seller)
  • Basic/Relaxed
  • Relaxed (2nd Best Seller)
  • Relaxed/Athletic
  • Athletic (Roomiest Fit)
Jean Seat and Thigh Measurement

We recommend you choose Fit based on the size of your upper legs. Our Basic fit is a standard jean fit, similar to a Levi’s 501. Relaxed is for guys who have larger than average upper legs. Lean is for guys who find standard fitting jeans too roomy. Athletic is for guys with very big thighs (it is not a big seller). And finally, we offer 3 in-between Fits are available for fine tuning.

How to Measure Fit

To gauge your Todd Shelton Fit, you can measure a jean you already own. Start with your best fitting jean through the seat and thigh, preferably washed (not stretched from wear). Lay your jean on a rigid table (not a bed) like shown above. Smooth the jean flat, pulling out any excess fabric that may be folded underneath the jean.

3″ above the crotch seam is where we measure seat circumference. 3″ above the crotch seam, measure across the jean. Pull the jean up, put back on table, and measure again to make sure your measurements are consistent. Compare your seat measurement to the Measurement Chart.

1″ below the crotch seam is where we measure thigh circumference. 1″ below the crotch seam, measure across the jean. Compare your thigh measurement to the Measurement Chart.

Seat and thigh areas are stress areas. Pressure is applied to the denim when sitting, causing these areas to stretch with wear. Just like the waistband, seat and thighs will revert to their original measurements after washing. Take stretching into account when evaluating fit. We recommend your seat and thigh fit be comfortably snug at first.


Front Rise


Rise is an overlooked fit point because menswear brands don’t offer rise options. Rise affects where a jean sits on your waist. The following Rise options are available.

  • Low Rise (1/2″ Less than Standard)
  • Standard Rise (Most Popular)
  • Mid/High Rise (3/4″ More than Standard)
  • High Rise (1 1/2″ More than Standard)

Although Standard Rise works for the vast majority of our customers, some customers need rise increases and decreases.

How to Measure Front Rise

Rise is measured from the top of the waistband down to the crotch seam. To understand the rise you need, you can measure a jean you already own. Start with your best-fitting jean, measure front rise then think about if more or less rise would be preferable. Compare your measurement to our Rise Chart.

How to Order Rise

Rise is a custom option, reserved for existing customers who already know their Todd Shelton fit. New customers can access rise adjustments by ordering a Home Try-On to first identify their waist and fit, allowing them to better gauge their rise needs.


Knee to Ankle


Knee is one fit point, ankle is a different point. Generally, and for most customers, these two fit points go together. But some customers need to separate them. For example, customers with bigger thighs above the knee, bigger knees, or bigger calves may choose a Standard Knee and a Slim Ankle – the wider knee provides extra room. Here are the Knee to Ankle options available online (Bootcut is available upon request).

  • Slim (1/2″ Less wide than Standard)
  • Standard (Most Popular)
  • Straight (1/2″ More wide than Standard)
  • Bootcut (1″ More wide than Standard)
Jean Knee and Ankle Measurement

Knee and ankle measurements are static for all inseam lengths. For example, if our Measurement Guide shows a 7″ Ankle, it will be 7″ regardless of whether it is a 26″ Length or 36″ Length.

How to Measure Knee and Ankle

Knee is measured 14″ below the crotch seam. Ankle is measured just above the bottom hem (measuring on the hem may add bulk that skews your measurement).

To gauge your Todd Shelton Knee to Ankle fit, you can measure a jean you already own. Start with your best-fitting jean around your knee and ankle, measure both Knee and Ankle, consider adjustments you’d like to make, then compare your target measurement to our Measurement Chart.


Inseam Length


Inseam length is the most important fit point after waist. Length determines how your jean looks. Customers have different preferences for lengths, we generally advise the jean stops at the top of your shoe. Or top of the shoe plus 1/2″.

  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
Jean Inseam Length Measurement

Custom inseam lengths are available upon request in 1/2″ increments for existing customers. New customers who need custom inseam lengths need to order Home Try-On to first identify their fit options. For example, if you know you need a 24″ inseam length or a 40″ inseam length, we need to first identify your fit before making your final jean.

How to Measure Inseam Length

Inseam Length is measured from the crotch seam to the hem. To gauge your Todd Shelton Inseam Length, you can measure a jean you already own. Start with a jean with the best-fitting length. Lay your jean on a rigid table (not a bed) and measure as shown above. Then consider adjustments you’d like to make.


We specialize in helping you find your fit. We recommend starting a conversation with us using our Find Your Fit questionnaire.

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