Knowing your hip, waist, and bust measurements are essential to finding perfect-fitting clothes. While there are other measurements which include the inseam, sleeve length, and shoulder width, they’re used less often, but also handy to know when shopping for clothes and finding those that have been perfectly-tailored to your body. Knowing your measurements can make shopping for clothes in-store, and especially online, much easier. The things you will need to take your own measurements include; A soft tape measure, a full-length mirror, and some paper and a pen or pencil to write down your measurements on so that you don’t forget. After each following measurement is taken, you should write it down for future reference.
To measure your chest and bra size; You should stand with your back held straight while you stand in front of a full-length mirror. Maintaining a good posture is vital to getting accurate measurements. You should take a soft tape under your arms, across your shoulder blades, and around your back so that the tape wraps around the fullest part of your chest; While measuring your bust, it’s important that the tape is held straight and parallel to the floor. You’ll then want to measure around the area of your chest where the band of a bra will sit. Once both measurements have been taken, you can calculate your bra size by subtracting your bust measurement from your band measurement, the difference in inches between the two will be your cup size; For example, a 1 inch difference equates to an A cup, a 2 inch difference equates to a B cup, a 3 inch differences to a C cup and so forth.
To measure your waist and hips, you should only be dressed in your underwear so that you get the most accurate measurements possible. You should still be standing in front of a full-length mirror. You should measure the tape measure around your waist, keeping the measuring tape parallel to the floor; It’s important that you don’t suck in your stomach or hold your breath during this measurement since you want clothes that will fit you and not be too tight. You should be standing in a comfortable position that allows for an accurate measurement to be taken. To measure your hips, you should wrap the tape measure around your hips and buttocks at their fullest point; Usually, this is about 7 to 9 inches below your waist. Like the other measurements, you want to make sure to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor.
To take measurements for pants, you can simply use a pair of pants that you already own; Preferably they would be a pair that fits well and that you enjoy wearing for best measurements. You can measure the inseam by placing the end of the tape measure at the bottom hem of your jeans and measuring up to the lowest point of the crotch. The process is the same if you’re using yourself to measure for the inseam. Remember to take heel height into account.
When taking measurements for tops, this is done by measuring; Sleeve length, and shoulder width (although not common unless you’re getting custom clothes tailored). You can measure your sleeve length by having someone to assist; You’ll want to stand with your elbow (that’s being measured) at a 90 degree angle while your hand rests on your hip. The tape measure should be held starting at the center back of your neck and extend down to your elbow and wrist to take one full measurement.
When taking measurements, the best time to do is either a few days before or a few days after your menstrual period to account for potential water weight; This could effect your accurate measurements and actually cause you to purchase clothes that are loose fitting. For better comfortably fitting clothes, you should measure yourself after finishing a large meal. If you doubt the accuracy of your own measurements that you have taken, you can get fitted by a professional seamstress or tailor; Most lingerie stores or lingerie department stores will fit you for your bra size, often free of charge. You should get fitted regulatory if you lose or gain weight.