Whether you are starting a diet/exercise program or are an avid online shopper, knowing your body measurements is sure to come in handy, especially when it comes to clothing measurements. Use these helpful tips to make certain that you have the correct measurements.

Things You'll Need


How to Take Body Measurements for Clothes

Measure your bust by putting the tape measure under your arms and around your shoulder blades (tape measure should be straight across your back). Also, make certain that the tape measure is over the fullest part of your bust, which is usually the area that sticks out the most or right at the nipples. Use the pen and paper to write down the number on the tape measure.

Measure your waist by putting the tape measure around where your waist creases. To find your proper waist area, bend over and this is the crease mentioned in the last sentence. Also, the waist area is usually right above your belly button or is the narrowest part of your waist. Use the pen and paper to write down the number on the tape measure.

Stand with your feet together and wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your hips. This area is usually 7 to 9 inches below your waist. Use the pen and paper to write down the number on the tape measure.

Measure your arm length by placing the tape measure at the top of the shoulder and stretching it down to where your wrist meets your hand. Use the pen and paper to write down the number on the tape measure.

Know that the easiest way to measure your inseam is to find your favorite pair of pants. You know, the ones that look great and are the perfect length. Take these pants and place the tape measure directly on the lowest point of the crotch and keep it straight to the floor. This is your inseam. Use the pen and paper to write down the number on the tape measure.

Measure your thighs by placing the tape measure on the fullest part of your upper thighs and wrapping the tape measure around. Make sure that the tape measure is straight. Use the pen and paper to write down the number on the tape measure.

Finally, if you need to measure your height, take the tape measure and measure from the top of your head to the floor. Another easy way is to stand against the wall and make a small pencil mark at the top of your head. Step away and then you can measure your height from the top of the mark to the floor. Use the pen and paper to write down the number on the tape measure.


Tips

  • For best results, do not take measurements over your clothing. If you must, make sure that your clothing is tight and secure the tape measure snugly.

  • The first time that you take your own measurements, it is a good idea to measure a few times to make certain that your numbers are correct.

  • It is best to take these clothing measurements while standing in front of a full-length mirror. Use the small mirror to ensure that the tape measure is straight along your backside.

  • Accurate clothing measurements make finding pants that fit easier and buying bras a less intimidating task

  • Accurate clothing measurements also makes it easier to shop online, just refer to your measurements before you click the buy button.