To get a proper fit, all you need is a soft tape measure (if you don't have that a piece of sting and a ruler will work).
Make sure to have a pencil and paper to write the measurements down.
It's good to save these, because you can always reuse them!
Now it’s time to measure!
If you’re buying a top…
1. First, measure your bust, which is the fullest part of your chest. If you plan on wearing a padded bra, make sure you have this on when you do the measuring.
2. Then measure your natural waist, keeping the tape a bit loose. The term “natural waist” refers to the smallest part of your midsection, where your belly button is.
3. Next, refer to the size chart. Match up the closest combination of your bust and your natural waist and compare them to the size that is in the corresponding row.
If you’re buying a dress…
1. Measure your bust (don't forget to take into account whether or not you will be wearing a padded bra with the dress).
2. Measure your natural waist.
3. Measure your hips.
4. Match them up according to the size chart, as you would for a top
If you're buying a skirt....
1. Measure your natural waist.
2. Measure your hips.
3. Match up your waist and hips measurements with the "Bottoms" in the size chart. Compare your waist and hip measurements and then match them up with size in corresponding row.
If you’re buying pants…
1. Measure your natural waist. Just remember to keep the tape loose.
2. Measure your hips, which are the fullest part of your body at the top of your leg. If you can’t figure out where your hips are, measure about 7 inches below your waist.
3. Match up your waist and hip measurements with the size chart to find the best fit. If you are buying jeans, match your measurements up to the column labeled "JEANS" and if you are buying leggings or skirts, use these measurements to compare to the column labeled "SIZE".
It’s important to take note of the fabrics and materials of the item you are considering for purchase when deciding on a size. If your measurements say you’re a small but you like your t-shirts to be a bit roomy, don’t buy a size small cotton t-shirt…cotton shrinks!
Similarly, if you’re looking at a pair of pants that are made partly with spandex, remember that the pants will have some give.
If you are concerned about the length of a dress, you can measure the length by standing with your heels together while keeping the tape straight and perpendicular to the floor while you measure. Measure from the high point of your shoulders down the length of your back.
To get a better idea of how a skirt length would fit you, you should measure from your belly button to the center of your kneecap. (Most skirt lengths are posted on the particular product page.)