How Can I Tell My Basketball Shorts Size?


In 2012, Americans spent nearly $600 billion shopping online. But shopping online presents a few obstacles. Without being able to try on clothes, such as basketball shorts, ordering the right size becomes difficult. Fortunately, there is a simple conversion chart to find the most athletic fit. Just consider a few other things before finalizing your purchase.

All About That Waist

  • Go to your closet and pull out your most comfortable pair of jeans, khakis or dress pants. Look on the inside of the waist band to find a tag that displays the size of the waist in inches. If you find two numbers separated by an X, then take the first number. Example -- a size of 34x36 would be a 34-inch waist. Small shorts will fit a waist of 30 inches or less. Medium shorts fit a 32- to 35-inch waist and large shorts fit 36- to 38-inch waists. Waists measuring 40 to 42 inches should wear extra-large shorts. And extra-extra-large shorts should be worn by 44's and above.

Other Considerations

  • Basketball shorts generally come in either cotton, polyester or synthetic moisture-wicking materials. Cotton is heavy and absorbs sweat, but lasts longer than polyester or synthetic shorts. Polyester is the most common fabric, making up the popular mesh shorts. Synthetic shorts are generally the most expensive and may come with special care instruction. Decide whether or not you want game regulation shorts with no pockets or warm-up shorts with pockets. And length varies by company and style. Just because you purchase the right waistband size doesn't mean you'll get the desired length. Try on shorts before buying them, considering fit, length, pockets or no pockets, and material.

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