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Women’s Clothing Size Guide: How to Measure Dress Size

How to Measure Women‘s Correct Dress Size | Clothing Size

Clothing sizes vary across stores. To buy clothes online. you should know what size to buy.  The key to determining the correct clothing size is accurate body measurements. Before placing an order for a dress, have a friend or a family member take body measurements for you. To take your own measurements, stand in front of a full-length mirror. Having accurate body measurements will ensure your comfort, satisfaction and avoid any unpleasant surprises when the clothing arrives.

How to Take Body Measurements for Women‘s Dress Size | Clothing Size

  1. Measure over a bodysuit or underwear.
  2. Tie a ribbon or string around the natural waistline (the most narrowest part of your body). The ribbon will be an easy reference point.
  3. Use a Cloth Measuring Tape to get accurate measurements. Take your measurements in inches.
  4. If you do not have a cloth measuring tape you can use a piece of string that is long enough to go around the widest part of your body you will be measuring, plus few more inches to hold it comfortably. When measuring with the string mark the string and measure it with a ruler.
  5. Record all your measurements.

To ensure a comfortable fit, when measuring, hold tape snug (not tight) around the body.


Women’s Clothing Size Guide: How to Measure Dress Size
How to Measure Chest (Bust)

Stand with your feet together. Hold tape lightly and measure across fullest part of the chest, under arm and straight across the back.


How to Measure Waist

Stand with your stomach in natural position; do not tuck in your stomach. Position the tape around the natural waist line (directly over the ribbon). Measure firm but not tight around the natural waistline and leave one finger under the tape so you can breathe in your dress.


How to Measure Hips

Stand with your feet close together. Measure around the widest part of the hip line, at the top of the legs, around 7-9 inches below your natural waistline. (Ribbon mark)


How to Measure Inseam

Measure along the inside leg from crotch to the bottom hem of the Pants or Trousers. For example take your favorite pants that fit well. Smooth the crease on front back. Lay the pants flat measure from the crotch to the hem of the leg.


How to Measure Sleeve Length

With arm relaxed at your sides and slightly bent, measure from Center back neck, over shoulder point, down the outside of the arm to the wrist.


How to Determine Dress Size | Clothing Size?

Once measurements are taken how to determine the correct clothing size? A good fit is not only looking great but feeling comfortable. The key to determine the the right fit or dress size is comparing your body measurements with the measurements from the size chart.


Determining Dresses, Tops, and Jackets Size

  1. Dresses, tops, blouses, coats, and jackets sizes are determined by Chest (bust) measurement.
  2. Choose your apparel size by selecting the bust measurement on the size chart that closely matches your bust measurement.

Determining Skirts and Slacks Size

  1. Waist measurement determines skirts and pants size. Choose your size by selecting the waist measurement on the size chart that closely matches your waist measurement.
  2. If your Hips are larger than your waist than use your Hip measurement to select skirt or pants size.

Your Measurements are between Two Sizes


If your measruements fall between two sizes:

  1. Choose the SMALLER SIZE if you are small boned or want a closer fit.
  2. Choose a LARGER SIZE if you are large boned or prefer a looser fit.

This is a general US woman's clothing size chart. There may be differences from store to store. The measurements in the size chart are in inches. 


American Dress Size Chart Women

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