How to Appropriately Measure Your Body for Clothing Size

Aaron Matthew Ang

Shopping online is tough. Each brand seem to measure their apparels differently. The result is a confusing measurement system and you often end up buying the wrong size. To things more difficult, different regions have different definitions of sizes.
A clothing marked as Small in Asia can be just small enough to fit a kid in the US. European measurements are also different from the US and the UK. So how do you go about it?
The only way to go around it is to measure your own body size and compare it with the merchant’s size chart. Below are a few guidelines for measuring different body parts.
Matt's Expo how to Measure Clothing SizeFor women, put the end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your breast. Wrap the tape measure around your chest. Make sure it is parallel to the floor. A slight slant results to an inaccurate measurement.
For men and kids, put the end of a tape measure in the middle of the chest and wrap around the body.
To measure your waist line, find the narrowest part of your waist. This is usually a little bit above your belly button. This is called the “natural waist.” Most manufacturers use this measurement for their clothing.
Some clothing brands will indicate if the product is “low waist.” If this is the case, measure the part of your body where your pants usually hang.   

Shoulder and Sleeve Length
To measure shoulder length, put one tip of the tape measure at the tip of your shoulder. This is the part where tour should meets your arms. Measure from one shoulder tip to the other and you will get your shoulder length.

Sleeve length measurement starts from the tip of the shoulder down to your wrist. 

Lastly, the length of the dress is measured from the tip of the shoulder to the hem. So if the dress is five feet, it means that the dress is five feet from the tip of your shoulder to the ground.

Generally, you must measure in centimeters but some manufacturers measure in inches so it is wise to measure that, too.

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