A good number of persons have a good idea what their measurements are, but rather than assume you know, it is better to get an accurate measurement. Going to a tailor will give you more accurate measurements, but you can certainly get a close approximation handling the measuring tape yourself. The measurements that you definitely need are your chest, waist, hips, and inseam. You may also want to take your thigh and upper arm measurements.
To get an accurate body measurement, get a flexible measuring tape. These are often sold in craft stores. Always keep the tape parallel to the floor when measuring. Wear undergarments only; do not measure when you have you clothes on. Make sure that, when you circle your chest, waist, or hips, the tape is level and neither too tight nor too loose. Don't pull the tape measure too hard.
Once you know your body measurements, consult Our Size Chart to determine which size you should purchase.
Place the tape measure at these locations to get accurate measurements.
- Chest: Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement.
Bust size: Bra
Traditional method: Wrap tape measure just under the breasts, around the rib cage.Don't forget to add four (five if odd number) inches this is your band width. Then subtract your bust measurement from your band width. The result is your bra/cup size.
Modern method: Wrap tape measure just under the breasts, around the rib cage. This is your under bust measurement. Round up to the nearest even number to get your band size. Then subtract your under bust measurement from your bust measurement.
The result is your cup size according to the following:
AA = 1/2"
A = 1"
B = 2"
C = 3"
D = 4"
E/DD (US) or DD (UK) = 5"
F/DDD (US) or E (UK) = 6"
G (US) or F (UK) = 7"
H (US) or FF (UK) = 8"
I (US) or G (UK) = 9"
J (US) or GG (UK) = 10"
- Waist: Measure the circumference of your waist. Use the tape to circle your waist (just like you do with your belt) at your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button and below your rib cage. (If you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline.) To avoid a false measurement, don’t suck in your stomach. If you generally wear your clothes below your waist, take that measurement as well.
- Hips: Measure the circumference of your hips. Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear, around the other hip, and back to where you started. Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks. Because making sure the tape is level back there can be hard, try to do it in front of a mirror.
- Inseam: This is the distance from the uppermost inner part of your thigh to the bottom of your ankle. You can measure your inseam in two ways. You can either have a friend stretch the tape from your crotch to the bottom of your ankle, while you're wearing a pair of pants or if you have a pair of pants that fit you perfectly (and they shouldn’t be too loose around the waist), measure the inseam of the pants, again from the crotch to the hem.
The proper inseam on a pair of pants you’re going to purchase will depend on the height of the heel you’ll be wearing with them.
- Thigh: Measure the circumference of the fullest part of your thigh. Wrap the tape measure around your thigh from front to back and then around to the front.
- Upper arm: Measure the circumference of your arm. Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your upper arm from front to back and around to the start point.
- Sleeve length: Get help for this one because it’s hard to do yourself. Place your hand at your waist (your elbow should be bent at a 90-degree angle). Then start at the middle of the back of your neck and measure to your shoulder, down your arm to the elbow, and then on to the wrist.
The assistance of a family member or friend may be needed with the measurements. You can also use any of your garments that fit perfectly, measuring the garment rather than your body can be a good substitute.