How to Measure Your Body for Clothing
Data shows that even before the worldwide pandemic, around 30% of consumers used to buy their clothes online. Hassle-free shopping at the comfort of your own home, saved time, and more competitive pricing are just a couple of reasons why individuals switch to online businesses.
As of today, such a way of shopping has become our new reality. However, shopping online comes with its own drawbacks, and when it comes to clothing, it’s usually the same for everyone – which size is right for me? The days when a Medium size in one store was the same Medium size in another are long gone, and if you look at your closet you probably have items all across the clothing size spectrum.
That’s why it’s more important now than ever to not only know your body measurements but also how to measure clothes. Lucky you - we are here to give you some guidance!
How to Take Body Measurements: General Rules of Thumb
Although many people think that taking accurate body measurements yourself is super hard, it’s really not – all you have to do is know exactly where to place the tape measure and the rest will follow.
Here are some easy-to-follow instructions before measuring your body:
- Use a cloth tape measure for maximum accuracy.
- Make sure the tape is level and neither too tight nor too loose.
- Measure on bare skin, not over clothes.
How to measure for women's clothing
When measuring yourself for a piece of women’s clothing, the most important measurements are:
- Hip circumference
- Inseam length for pants
How to measure bust: Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust and wrap it around going under your armpits and shoulder blades back to the front. Keep the tape snug but not too tight.
TIP: wear a non-padded bra to get the most accurate measurements.
How to measure waist: Wrap the tape measure around your natural waistline, which is located about 2 inches (5 cm) above your belly button. To check, bend to one side – the crease that forms is your natural waistline.
TIP: Don’t suck in your stomach as this will give you inaccurate results.
How to measure hips: Stand straight with your feet together and measure around the fullest part of your hips and buttocks, about 8 inches (20 cm) below your waist. Use a mirror to make sure the tape is as level as possible. You can also take measurements of your thigh by locating the fullest part of your thigh and wrapping the tape measure around from front to back.
How to measure inseam: Inseam is the distance from the uppermost inner part of your thigh to the bottom of your ankle. You can cheat by measuring the distance from the crotch to the hem of a favorite and best-fitting pair of pants you already own.
How to Measure Your Waist For a Dress?
When it comes to dresses, body measurement might get a bit confusing, especially when measuring the waist. To get the most accurate results, it is recommended to measure the narrowest part of the waist. If you struggle to find such a place - wrap the measurement tape around your waist and move it up and down.
Once you find the smallest measurement - that’s it! After that, simply double this number to get the full measurement of your waist.
How to measure for men's clothing
When measuring yourself for a piece of men’s clothing, the most important measurements are:
- Waist Hip circumference
- Neck size
- Arm’s length
- Potential shoulder width
How to measure chest size: Wrap the tape measure beneath your armpits and around the widest part of your chest and shoulder blades. If someone is helping you, relax both of your arms down – this will help you to keep the chest in a natural state.
How to measure neck: To measure your neck, place the tape at the base where your neck connects to your shoulders. This should be just below your Adam’s apple. Assume a relaxed position and look forward. Put one finger between the tape and your body to ensure the collar isn’t too snug.
How to measure waist: Locate your natural waistline by bending towards one side and finding the crease. Then, place the tape measure around your waist making sure it’s not too loose or too snug. Also, make sure that it wraps evenly around your waist. For a standard fit, put one finger between the tape and your body when you measure.
How to measure hips and inseam: Measuring the hip and inseam for men’s pants or shorts is the same as for women. For the hip, wrap around the fullest part of your hips and buttocks. For the inseam, run the tape down from your groin to your lower ankle.
How to measure shoulder width: This one is best taken with a partner or you can take a favorite shirt that fits nicely and measure it. Measure from the back, not the front. Place one end of the tape measure at the point where the horizontal part of the shoulder and the vertical part of the arm meet. Then run the tape across your back mimicking the natural curve of your shoulders.
How to measure sleeve length: Again, you might want to ask a friend to help you with this. Measurements should be taken from the back by placing one end of the tape at the middle of your neck and running it down your shoulder all the way to the meaty part of your palm, i.e. the thenar. This will ensure you have freedom of movement when you bend your arms.
Hopefully, our provided body measurement tips will save you from bad purchases and help you buy the best fitting linen clothes from the very first try!