- Measuring Tips
How to Measure Yourself
- Make sure you have an accurate tape measure. One with both inches and centimetres is ideal. You can download our measurement chart form.
- Ensure that you are wearing appropriate underwear for the season and for your style. Underwear forms the basic “packaging” for your finished look.
- When measuring around the body, make sure the measure is firm, but not tight. Try twisting slightly with the tape measure around you, if it pulls your skin it is too tight.
- When measuring your back, for example “back width” or “nape to waist’, ask someone to help you. For the waist measurement, try tying a piece of string around your waist and seeing where it falls, this is a good guide for where to measure for a comfortable fit.
Take your actual body measurements as they are more accurate than measuring over your clothes.
Bust: measure around the fullest part of your bust and across your shoulder blades.
Waist: measure around the natural waist, keeping the tape measure taut.
Hips: stand with your feet together. Put the tape around the fullest part of your bottom at the top of your leg, about 20cm (8’’) below your natural waistline.
Inside Leg: measure from the top of the inside leg at the crotch to where the trousers are normally worn on the shoes.
Jacket Length: measure from the centre back of your neck to your hemline. Then length measurement will vary depending on the style of garment.
Skirt Length: measure from the natural waistline to the desired hem position on the leg.
Dress Length: dress lengths are measured from the waist as you would for a skirt length.
Women Measurement guide