How to Measure Dress Size and Look Your Best: Female Fashion
It can be difficult to find the perfect fit when shopping for women's clothes, especially when it comes to ordering dresses online. All women are different shapes and sizes and there is no standard sizing system for women among the different online stores.
I used to finding that ordering a dress online and getting it to fit correctly was a big challenge; that is until I learned how to measure dress size properly.
Knowing your correct dress size makes both retail shopping, and online shopping, a breeze!
By following my simple guide, I will show you how to measure dress size the right way so that you won't be disappointed next time you buy a dress online.
To measure dress size the right way, start off by ensuring that you have a cloth tape measure and access to a full-length mirror. You will need a pen and paper to record each measurement so that you can cross-reference with the sizes given by the online store. As tempting as it might be to suck in your tummy, you will get better results from standing tall and naturally, and by keeping the measuring tape comfortably loose rather than tight. It helps to have a friend or professional tailor help you. Do consult the retailer's sizing guide for any special sizing or additional information that might be required before measuring.
Measure over the fullest part of the bust, keeping the measuring tape horizontal and your arms down. It is best if you can do the bust measurements while wearing tight-fitting clothing and the same bra that you intend to wear with the dress. When thinking about how to measure dress size it is important to remember that your bust measurement and your bra size are two different things. So, don’t just write down your bra size but instead take some time to properly take your bust measurement.
Measure around the smallest part of waistline, below the rib cage and above your hips, approximately 1 inch above the belly button. As part of learning how to measure dress size you should remember to always keep the measuring tape comfortable and don’t pull it too tight. If in doubt, record a larger measurement rather than a smaller measurement because it is always easier to take a dress in than to let it out.
Measure the fullest part of your hips, approximately 7 inches below the natural waistline. Again, when taking your hip measurement, keep the measuring tape comfortable and don’t pull it too tight.
When ordering a standard fashion dress from an online store, you will probably only need to provide the bust, hip and waist measurements. However, if ordering a custom-tailored garment such as a bridesmaid dress or prom gown, you will probably also need to provide your hollow to floor, hollow to hemline, shoulder, arm length, armseye, arm and height measurements.
For complete instructions on how to measure dress size for both standard and custom garments, watch the excellent video clip below; it provides easy visual instructions on how to take and record all of the measurements required.
If you are at all unsure about a certain measurement, then it is better to size up rather than size down. It is much easier to make alterations to a dress to make it fit smaller rather than larger.
Expect to have a couple of alterations done after receiving your dress in the mail. Although you can determine a very close measurement at the time of ordering, bear in mind that each online store is different and also that your measurements may change slightly, especially if shipping takes a week or two.