How to Dress Your Body Type: Take Your Measurements [Infographic]
Have you ever wanted to know how to take your measurements? There’s very little to it; all you need is three items and four numbers. But why take the time to take your body measurements anyway? The answer: It makes online shopping much, much easier. Knowing how to measure your body is very handy for ensuring you always order comfortable, fitting outfits when shopping online. You can compare your numbers with the website’s sizing chart and find the style that fits you like a glove.
If you don’t yet know how to take your measurements, the infographic and explanation below will show you how! Here’s the only body measurement guide you need to get started:
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Here is Step #1: Take Your Measurements
All you need to get started is a measuring tape, pen and paper. When measuring your body for buying clothes from the internet, you’ll generally need to know the following:
How to find your bust size
Sometimes, plus sized dresses and shirts are snug around the bosom, so this measurement is exceptionally important. To measure your bust, stand up straight with your shoulders relaxed and arms by your side. Wrap your measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, then round to the nearest half inch. Make sure you wear a bra when measuring your bust so you account for the adjusted shape of your breasts.
How to find your waist size
Most people say the waist is the narrowest point of the torso, but this definition doesn’t work for all body types. To help, lean to one side and find where your body creases. Starting at your bellybutton, bring the measuring tape up to the fold. Pull the tape straight across your back so that it appears at the same spot on the other side, then bring the opposite end down to your belly button. If this sounds confusing, check out the infographic for a visual guide!
How to find your hip size
Finding clothes that fit both the waist and the hips is sometimes hard, so it’s exceptionally important to nail this measurement. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and measure straight across the fullest part of your hips. Again, measure yourself while wearing undergarments for better accuracy.
How to find your inseam
To find your inseam, measure from the underside of your pelvic area (where the leg connects to the hips) to the bottom of your ankle. Round to the nearest half inch.
Measuring your body accurately can be tricky the first few times. Here are some tips to help:
- Relax – don’t clench your muscles or hold your breath. You want to measure your body as it appears naturally so you’ll be comfortable wearing the clothes you order. The measuring tape should lay gently against your body just as the fabric would.
- Hold the tape taut and, when measuring your bust and hips, parallel to the ground.
- Retake your measurements every three months to account for natural changes in your body.
The importance of proper body measurements
If this is your first time measuring your body, you may get frustrated quickly and give up or think, “Good enough!” However, patience and accuracy are incredibly important. Without the right measurements, you may order an outfit that’s too tight or too loose, even if the numeric size matches the rest of the pieces in your closet. Manufacturers don’t use the same measurements when making their clothes – a size 16 from one brand may be closer to a 14 or 18 in others. By measuring your body rather than relying on an arbitrary number, you can compare your measurements to the website’s sizing chart so you order the correct fit every time.
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