A Woman’s Guide To Clothing Measurements

Whether you’re purchasing something online or having something altered, knowing your measurements – including your bust, waist, hip, seam, shoulder width and sleeve length – is key to having perfectly fitted clothing. And having your clothes sitting just right can really make the difference between looking good and looking great in a piece of clothing.

But how do you ensure you have your measurements right? We’ll walk you through how to take each of your measurements in this comprehensive guide.

Why are measurements so important?

Measurements are so often taken for granted, but they are a crucial part of so many aspects of life. Take medicine for example. If you have an illness that requires medication, you must ensure you take the proper amount to get better. When you bake, you have to carefully distribute ingredients to ensure just the right taste and texture. And then there’s temperature – you wouldn’t dunk a teabag in warm water now, would you? Similarly, getting your body’s measurements right helps your clothing do what it was intended to do: it gives you the recipe required to look your best.

Measurements in clothing have become even more important in recent years, thanks to our growing love of online shopping. Whether you buy them from a big box store or a custom clothier, shopping online can save you a ton – but you do run the risk of purchasing something that’s not the right fit.

Most people have a rough idea of what size they are (an 8, 10, 12, 14 for example, or a small, medium, or large). But to shop online without the fear that you’ll be forced to return your goods you must have more accurate knowledge of your size and shape. Remember, one company’s size 10 is another company’s size 8, with some labels and designers purposefully using sizes to make customers feel better about themselves and more loyal to a brand.

The more you know about your body, the better you can dress it. Keep your measurements written down, and refer to them when shopping or ordering custom-made apparel.

How To Measure Your Collar

For this particular measurement, you will need a partner. If you don’t have a partner, simply find a shirt that fits you very well and measure the garment.

How To Measure Your Bust

Wrap the measuring tape loosely around the fullest part of your chest . Round to the nearest whole number. This will become your bust measurement.

How To Measure Your Waist

Stand up straight, exhale slowly, and bring the measuring tape from your navel around your body to connect at the front. The tape should be parallel to the floor and fit snugly around your torso.

How To Measure Your Hips

Bring the tape around your back to join at the starting point. The tape should be level to ensure it records your bottom measurements too, and snug but not digging in. If you can fit more than one finger under the joined tape, it’s too loose

How To Measure Your Shoulders

If you have a partner, stand in front facing them. Measure across the curve of your shoulders to the outside edge.If you need to measure from the shoulder to your bust, start at the middle point of the slope of your shoulder and measure down towards your nipple

How To Measure Your Arm Loop

Standing with your feet flat on the ground and with your arms down by your sides, place the measuring tape on top of your shoulder and loop it under your armpit. Make sure the tape is sitting comfortably and not too tightly.

How To Measure Your Height

Place a box, book or other flat object on top of your head, and have someone mark a location on the wall underneath the object.Step away from the wall and, with a tape measure, record the height from the floor to the marked point on the wall.

How To Measure Your Inseam

Stand with your back against the wall and while standing tall, have another person measure from the top inseam point to the heel. If you regularly wear heels, or you plan to with this outfit, it’s helpful to either wear heels when measuring or add half an inch to 1 inch to the recorded measurement.