How Big Is a 35 Inch Waist?

By: Jeremy Fox, CNC, CPTPublished: February 24, 2023

Waist circumference is a universal clothing size, fitness, and general health measurement. But how do you know what is a good waist size for you?

If you have a 35-inch waist, you may wonder if this is big, small, or average. So I will answer all your waist-related questions in this article.

35 Inch Waist

What is a 35 Inch Waist?

A 35-inch waist is a circumference measurement around the abdomen. And you can use this number for everything from buying clothing to assessing your risk for health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

But it’s critical to measure your waist correctly to know if it really is 35 inches around.

How to Measure Your Waist

To check your waist size, you will need a flexible tape measure. First, wrap the tape measure around your waist parallel to the floor just above your hip bone.

Now pull the tape snug but not so tight that it indents into your skin. Also, take the reading at the end of a normal exhale but do not suck in your stomach. The number where the end of the tape intersects is your waist size.

35 Inch Waist Measurement

Is a 35 Inch Waist Big?

Generally speaking, a 35-inch waist is fairly average. But whether it’s big or small really depends on your gender and to whom you’re comparing yourself. So let’s look at some waist size statistics for women and men.

35 Inch Waist for Women

The average waist size for American women is 35.6 inches. That means a 35-inch waist is pretty normal for females.

However, it’s important to remember that 3 out of 4 adult women in the US are overweight or obese. So you might not want to compare yourself to the general population.

A survey of women in the US Army, who are generally more fit, shows that their average waist size is 28.2 inches. And a 35-inch waist would put you in the 99th percentile, which is significantly larger than average.

Table 1. 35 Inch Waist for Women

  Normal Fitness
1st 25.4 23.9
5th 27.8 25.1
10th 28.9 25.7
15th 30.0 26.1
20th 30.7 26.5
25th 31.6 26.8
40th 33.9 27.7
50th 35.6 28.2
60th 37.2 28.9
75th 40.3 30.0
80th 41.5 30.5
85th 42.8 31.1
90th 44.7 31.9
95th 47.6 33.2
99th 53.8 35.8

35 Inch Waist for Men

By the same token, the average waist size for an American man is 38.2 inches. And a 35-inch waist would be smaller than about 3 out of 4 average men.

Again, this data comes from the general population of adults, which is largely overweight. So it’s better to compare yourself to fit men, like those in the military.

The average waist size bumps down to 32.8 inches from a sample of active males. So a 35-inch waist is actually larger than 3 out of 4 fit men.

Table 2. 35 Inch Waist for Men

  Normal Fitness
1st 27.8 27.5
5th 30.0 28.7
10th 31.6 29.5
15th 32.8 30.0
20th 33.9 30.5
25th 34.8 31.0
40th 36.9 32.1
50th 38.2 32.8
60th 39.6 33.6
75th 42.2 35.0
80th 43.4 35.5
85th 44.8 36.2
90th 46.4 37.0
95th 49.5 38.2
99th 56.2 40.5

35 Inch Waist FAQ

Now you know how big a 35-inch waist is for men and women. But you might have more questions about this topic. So here are some quick answers to common queries.

What size is a 35 inch waist?

A 35-inch waist typically corresponds to a US dress size of 18. Additionally, this waist circumference should put you in an international size XL for other women’s clothing.

At the same time, men with a 35-inch waist would likely fit into a size Large for clothing.

What pants size is a 35 inch waist?

A waist size of 35 inches generally corresponds to a pant size of 34 for women and 34-35 for men. So your jeans size doesn’t always reflect your actual waist size.

One reason for this is how you wear your pants. For example, women’s pants tend to sit higher on the waist, close to the measurement site. In contrast, men wear their pants lower on their hips, where their waists might be smaller.

In addition, your true waist size may not reflect your pant size due to your body proportions. For instance, you may need to size up if you have thicker thighs or a bigger butt.

35 Inch Waist Woman

Is a 35 inch waist good for a woman?

For women, a 35-inch waist is typical. But the average American woman is overweight, so this waist size probably isn’t a good target if you’re trying to improve your overall health and wellness.

Still, a waist this size could be a reasonable short-term goal if your current waist is much larger. So whether 35 inches is a suitable waist size is relative to where you are now.

In addition, your ideal waist size depends on your body type and height. For instance, a 35-inch waist is worse for a shorter woman than a taller one.

Is a 35 inch waist good for a man?

This waist size is about 3 inches smaller than the typical American man’s. So a 35-inch waist would be a decent target for the average male.

However, a waist size of 35 inches is not great if your goal is to be in shape compared to relatively fit guys. For that, you should aim for a 33-inch waist or smaller.

Again, whether a 35-inch waist size is right for you depends on your body type and overall size.

Waist Size and Body Type

Your waist circumference can be affected by your body type. For example, the ectomorph body type has straighter lines and a naturally smaller waist. By comparison, the endomorph body type has more curves and a thicker waist.

As a result, it’s vital to use specific diet and workout strategies to reduce your waist size based on your body type.

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35 Inch Waist Body Type

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