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Trews Measuring Guide

We recommend enlisting the help of a friend. Preferably use inches and take note of the diagrams below when measuring. Be sure to recheck your measurements at least twice. Once you have all your measurements noted, email them along with your order number or send us a message using the chat button in the bottom right-hand corner.

Trews measuring guide figure
Diagram showing relative heights of trousers and trews.
Note the relative heights of trousers (left) and traditional trews (right).


Take a firm measurement around your natural waist. This is likely to be level with the navel and roughly two inches above the hip bone. This is the position our trews are designed to sit. This is also where a traditional kilt sits. Be sure to stand up straight, feet together, and relax when the measurement is taken. 


Measure from the point you measured the waist down to the point where your inside leg measurement ends. Again, remember to stand up straight. As a very general rule, the difference between your inside and outside leg measurements (the rise) should be approximately 11 to 13 inches. 


The seat measurement should not be as firm as the waist. It's taken around the widest part of your hips/bottom over your current trousers. It should be taken with two fingers inside the tape to make sure it's not too tight. As with the waist, make sure you're standing up straight with feet together. Take everything out of your pockets before measuring the seat/hip.


Stand up straight and measure from the groin down to the ankle. Remember that with traditional trews the break in the fabric above the shoe should only be slight, and as such the inside leg length may be slightly shorter than your regular trousers. If in any doubt, opt for a longer measurement, as the trousers can then be easily taken up after you receive them. But if you do this, remember to increase the outside leg length by the same amount to keep the 'rise' correct.

If you have any questions about measuring, or you need help with anything else, please contact us.

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