Know Your Dress Size
Know Your Dress Size

It can be really frustrating to walk into a shop and have to go through a bunch of dresses just to find the right fit! Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Though dress sizes are different at most stores, as long as you know your right measurements, it shouldn’t be difficult to figure out which sizes work best for you.

1} Measure your bust. You’ll need to measure the fullest part of your bust to get the proper measurement. Lift your arms, and wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust. Where the measuring tape overlaps is the measurement that you should use. Make sure that the measuring tape goes under your arms. Keep the measuring tape snug but not too tight. If you do it too tight (if your bust is popping out over the tape) then you’ll get the wrong measurements and your dress won’t fit properly.

2} Measure your waist. Bend to one side (doesn’t matter which) and find your waist’s natural crease. At the crease, measure around your waist, making sure that the measuring tape is a bit loose. You can also find your natural waist by measuring 2 inches up from your belly button. It’s usually the smallest part of your waistline.

3} Measure your hips. Stand with your feet together. Measure around the fullest part of your hips and rear. This is typically midway between your crotch and your belly button. Again you’ll want to keep the measuring tape somewhat loose, so that your dress size doesn’t end up being too small.

4} Look at a size chart. Keep in mind that size charts tend to be different for different stores and that even with your measurements and the size chart, you may be surprised by the wide array of sizes you will seem to fit into. However, you can use this size chart as a basic guide.

5} Convert numbers to letters for sizing. Some stores don’t use the typical 6, 8, 10, 12. Instead they use letters like XS, S, M, etc. Fortunately these letter sizes tend to correspond to specific numerical sizes and you can figure your size out based on that.
In American Sizes; Size 2 is XS, Size 4 is S, Size 6 is M, Size 8 is L, Size 10 is XL, Size 12 is XXL. This is what it usually is, although sizes may still vary depending on the store.

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your dress size measurement should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the one you will wear with your dress. Remember the measuring tape shouldn’t be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel to the ground.

Always check the sizing guide when shopping online. Most, if not all, online clothing websites have a chart that explains their sizing measurements. Sometimes dresses will run bigger or smaller than your typical size, so you will want your measurements handy to check against the website’s sizing guide.

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