How do I acquire personal measurements to ensure a great fit?
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Here’s what we need and what you’ll need to do:
Most people have a good idea what their measurements are, but rather than assume you know, get an accurate measurement. Going to a tailor will give you more accurate measurements, but you can certainly get a close approximation handling the measuring tape yourself. The measurements that you definitely need are your chest, waist, hips, and inseam. You may also want to take your thigh and upper arm measurements.
When taking these measurements, use a cloth tape measure, not a metal one. Make sure that, when you circle your chest, waist, or hips, the tape is level and neither too tight nor too loose. Also measure yourself on your bare skin, not over clothes.
You may need a family member or friend to assist you with the measurements. If you have a garment that fits perfectly, measuring the garment rather than your body can be a good substitute.
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Chest: Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust/chest, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement.
Waist: Measure the circumference of your waist. Use the tape to circle your waist (sort of like a belt would) at your natural waistline. Don’t suck in your stomach, or you’ll get a false measurement. If you generally wear your clothes below your waist, take that measurement as well.
Hip: (For women) Measure the circumference of your hips. Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear, around the other hip, and back to where you started. Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks. Because making sure the tape is level back there can be hard, try to do it in front of a mirror.
Inseam: This is the distance from the uppermost inner part of your thigh ( at crotch) to the bottom of your ankle, or desired length. Take the tape and measure from the base, or crotch, all the way to the desired length you are comfortable with.
Thigh: Measure the circumference of the fullest part of your thigh. Wrap the tape measure all the way around your leg at that area. You may be tempted to cheat by lowering the tape measure a few inches, but then you won’t get an accurate measurement.
Sleeve length: Place the tape at the top of the shoulder and measure all the way down your arm resting at the desired length that is most comfortable.