An Ingenious Trick to Tell if Jeans Fit Without Trying Them On

See if jeans fit without trying them on by placing the waistline of the jeans around your neck

“If the waistline of the pant fits around your neck, it will fit around your waist”

The “Neck Trick”:

A quick way to see if jeans fit without (or before) trying them on. Place the waistline of the jeans around your neck. If the waistline comfortably meets at the back of your neck, then the jeans will fit.

Great for when:

• You don’t have time to try on jeans in the store
• There are no dressing rooms
• You need a quick idea if the pants will fit (as sizing can vary across brands)


I’ve been using this Neck Trick for years, and it works for me. Although this neck-waist ratio is generally true, it’s not infallible. But, at least it’ll give you a better idea of whether the pants will fit before heading to the dressing room. One major exception is low-waisted jeans since the waistband hits closer to your hips.

Try the “Neck Trick” on a pair of jeans you own to see if it works for you!