Length: This determines the entire length of your top; from the top of your shoulder to the bottom hem. Some ladies need different lengths in tops so this measurement is helpful in finding a fit that’s right for you. To find your perfect length: lay out a top that you love the length on, make sure all the wrinkles are smoothed out, measure from the top of the shoulder or strap to the very bottom, and voila you have your desired length. Remember that length can be affected by straps, shirt style, and asymmetrical hems so you should take this into account when you shop online. Different retailers also measure their length differently so make sure and check their guide to see their process.
Bust: This is probably the most important measurements when it comes to tops. Let’s be honest, if a top can’t fit the girls comfortably then it doesn’t deserve to take up room in your closet. You can have a friend take this measurement on you by having a tape measure run under your arms and around your bust at the fullest part. All of our garments are measured when they are laying flat so we measure across the chest at the widest part. This means that you will need to double our measurement for the full circumference.
Sleeve Length: This one is not as easy as it seems. There are many ways to measure sleeve length so we simplified our measurements by just measuring the length of the outer edge of the sleeve that falls past the shoulder. To find out how long you like your sleeves or where a certain shirt will fall on you simply measure using the technique described above. Sleeve length isn’t a major measurement, but it can be helpful when determining if a top is right for you! Remember, sleeve length can also be affected by the style and fit of the shirt so take this into account when you’re shopping away.
Waist: To find your most flattering fit, knowing your waist measurement is crucial! Measure across the very top of the waistband while the skirt is laying flat. Make sure any zippers or buttons are closed and that the waistband is taut because this will affect your measurements. Remember, all skirts are designed differently so while some are made to sit higher on the waist, others are made to drape on the hips. A high rise pencil skirt will most likely have a smaller waist than a low rise denim mini of the same size.
Length: Ever tried on a skirt and thought “what in the world was i thinking?” If so, then you know that length can make all the difference when it comes to skirts. Measure the entire length of the skirt from top to bottom. Remember that asymmetrical hems can affect your measurements. We take our length measurement on the front of the skirt, along the seam.
Waist: This can be a tricky one, but it is well worth the time because it helps determines where the shorts will sit and how they will fit across your tummy. If the shorts you’re measuring are low rise then you can expect a larger waist measurement since they are sitting lower on the hips; likewise, if you have a high rise pant then the measurement will most likely be smaller. Measure across the very top of the waistband while the shorts are laying flat. Make sure the zipper and buttons are closed and that the waistband is taut because this will affect your measurements. Please note that different sellers measure the waist differently. We find our waist measurement by technique listed above.
Inseam: This one is really important because it determines the length of your shorts. The average inseam on short shorts can vary from half and inch to 2 inches depending on the style and fit that you like. Cuffed shorts or Bermudas will be longer. To find your inseam, lay your shorts flat and measure the distance from the bottom of the crotch to the end of the hem. Some shorts are asymmetrical so take this into account when you take your measurements.