Taking Your Measurements
Gather the necessary tools
You'll need a few basic tools before you start measuring. These include a flexible measuring tape (preferably one that's at least 60 inches or 150 cm long), a full-length mirror, and a notebook or your notes app on your phone to record your measurements.
Wear appropriate clothing
When measuring, make sure to wear the type of clothing that you would normally wear with the item you're planning to purchase. For example, if you're measuring for a dress, wear a bra and panties or other undergarments that you would wear with the dress. This will help you get the most accurate measurements.
Measure your bust/chest
To measure your bust or chest, wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust or chest, typically over the nipples. Make sure the tape is straight and parallel to the ground, and not too tight or too loose. Record the measurement in inches.
Measure your waist
To measure your waist, locate the narrowest part of your waist, which is usually above your navel and below your ribcage. Wrap the measuring tape around your waist at this point, making sure it's snug but not too tight. Record the measurement in inches.
Measure your hips
To measure your hips, find the fullest part of your hips, which is usually around your buttocks. Wrap the measuring tape around this area, making sure it's parallel to the ground and not too tight or too loose. Record the measurement in inches.
Measure your inseam (for pants)
If you're buying pants, you'll need to measure your inseam, which is the distance from your crotch to the hem of the pants. To do this, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and measure from the inside of your thigh, where it meets your groin, down to the desired length of the pants. Record the measurement in inches.
Measure your shoulder width (for jackets and coats)
To measure your shoulder width, stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your sides. Place the measuring tape at the edge of one shoulder and extend it across your back to the edge of the other shoulder. Record the measurement in inches.
Check for additional measurements
Depending on the type of clothing you're buying, there may be other measurements you need to take, such as sleeve length, dress length, or neckline depth. Be sure to check the listing for additional measurements you need to take and measure accordingly.
Double-check your measurements
Once you've taken all the necessary measurements, it's important to double-check them to ensure accuracy.
Using your measurements while shopping
Now that you have your measurements, you can keep them handy while shopping with us. We always provide the minimum (relaxed) and maximum (stretched) measurements in our listings.
Compare your measurements to the listing measurements to determine if the item will fit you. If the listing measurements match your own measurements, or are slightly larger to allow for a comfortable fit, then the item is likely to fit well. However, if the listing measurements are significantly smaller than your own measurements, the item may be too small, and if they are significantly larger, the item may be too big. Keep in mind that some items, such as stretchy fabrics or adjustable garments, may have more flexibility in terms of fit.
Consider the fit you prefer for the item you are purchasing. Some people prefer a looser fit, while others prefer a more snug fit. Take into account your personal preferences and the style of the item you are purchasing when comparing your measurements to the listing measurements.
Measuring Against Existing Pieces
in Your Wardrobe
Measuring against an item of clothing you already have and love is another great way to get a feel for how something will fit.
Choose your reference piece
Select the item of clothing that fits you well and is similar in style to the one you're planning to buy. It's best to choose a piece that's not too stretchy and is in a similar fabric and style to the one you're interested in.
Lay the piece flat
Place the item of clothing you're using as a reference on a flat surface, such as a table or a bed. Smooth out any wrinkles or folds so that the piece lies flat.
Using a flexible measuring tape, measure the key areas of the piece that correspond to the measurements you need. For example:
Bust/chest: Measure from underarm to underarm or across the chest in inches and double the measurement.
Waist: Measure the narrowest part of the waistline in inches and double the measurement.
Hips: Measure the widest part of the hips in inches and double the measurement.
Inseam: Measure from the crotch seam to the hem of the pants in inches. Do not double this measurement.
Rise: Measure from the top hem to the crotch of the pants in inches. Do not double this measurement.
Shoulder width: Measure from left shoulder seam to right shoulder seam in inches. Do not double this measurement.
Compare your measurements
Once you have the measurements of the piece you're using as a reference, you can use them to compare to the measurements in our listings and better gauge how the piece will fit.
Please keep in mind that clothing sizes can vary by brand and style, so the best size for you may also depend on your body shape and personal preference.
That being said, here are some general guidelines:
For Women's Clothing:
30-31" (76-79 cm) = Size 0-2, XS
32-33" (81-84 cm) = Size 4-6, S
34-35" (86-89 cm) = Size 8-10, M
36-37" (91-94 cm) = Size 12-14, L
38.5-40" (98-102 cm) = Size 16-18, XL
23-24" (58-61 cm) = Size 0-2, XS
25-26" (64-66 cm) = Size 4-6, S
27-28" (69-71 cm) = Size 8-10, M
29-31" (74-79 cm) = Size 12-14, L
32-34" (81-86 cm) = Size 16-18, XL
33-34" (84-86 cm) = Size 0-2, XS
35-36" (89-91 cm) = Size 4-6, S
37-38" (94-97 cm) = Size 8-10, M
39-41" (99-104 cm) = Size 12-14, L
42-44" (107-112 cm) = Size 16-18, XL