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Men's and women's jeans are not always stylistically very different — where they mainly differ is in sizing practices. Generally, they are also shaped differently for various body types and preferences.
Jeans made for men tend to be universally sized in waist and length measurements. For example, a pair might be marked as size "34-32," with the first number corresponding to the waist measurement and the second number to the inseam. In the United States, this is indicated in inches, but elsewhere these measurements are taken in centimeters, in which case a 34-32 would refer to a pant that was 86 cm wide and 81 cm long.
In the U.S., women's jeans are typically sized with a single number. A woman might purchase a pair of size "6" jeans. Since there is no industry standard for women's jeans sizing, a size 6 from one store may be larger or smaller than a pair marked as the same size from another store. Where men are able to choose their specific inseam length, women often, but not always, must choose among three options: short, regular, or long. Still, some women's jeans are sized with a single number for the waist, as the size 6 mentioned above, but with a specific inseam measurement.
Additionally, what may have been a size 6 in the past is now more likely marked as a size 4 or a size 2. As women's body types have changed, manufacturers have adjusted their sizes to flatter a woman's self esteem, basing their sizing on the belief that most women would prefer to wear a piece of clothing marked with a "Small" label than with a "Large."
Outside of the United States, and even from some designer jeans manufacturers within the U.S., women's jeans are sized with a length-inseam measurement. This measurement is indicated in inches in the U.S., and centimeters elsewhere in the world. In time, it may be likely that men's and women's jeans will be sized in the same way, with a simple waist-inseam measurement.
Jeans for men and women usually come in various styles and colors. A few examples of women's styles include flared, where the bottom cuff of the jean is much wider than the rest of the leg, and bootcut, where the bottom cuff of the jeans is slightly wider than the leg of the pant to fit more easily over shoes. Women's jeans will sometimes offer patterns or designs on the pockets, along with a tighter, more feminine cut. Men's jeans are generally looser, but of course, many styles are available, including slim and bootcut jeans.
Men's and women's jeans both offer different rises, including high rise, which sit up near the waist, and low rise, which sit around the hips. Medium rise, which sits just below the navel, is often the most flattering. Despite the discrepancies in jeans sizes, all are often manufactured in exactly the same way.
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