The following guidelines are being offered along with a few reminders
1. Everyone has his/her own unique figure and fit as well as fashion designers and their brands
2. When or if in doubt, go up one size.
3. Items made of spandex or lycra fabric are stretchable
Tip: For Chest/Torso run tape measure diagonally across the body from shoulders over the fullest part of the bust between your legs and back to the starting point.
Plus size with the number of X's depends on the manufacturer.
Pant Rise Guide
o Sits above waist (inches) = 11-12
o Sits low on waist (inches) = 8.5-10
o Sits at waist (inches) = 10-11
o Sits ultra low on waist (inches) = 7-8.5 Measurements refer to the distance between the top of the waistband and the crotch seam.
Tall Sizes: Women 5'7.5"-6'; sizes 6-16. Tops 1-1.5" longer; pants inseam 2" longer and rise 1" longer; skirts and dresses 2-3" longer.
Women's Plus Sizes: Women 5'4"-5'9"; sizes L-XXL or 14W-24W
Bust * Measure around the fullest part of bust under arms with arms relaxed down at sides.
Chest * Measure around chest just under arms across shoulder blades with arms relaxed down at sides.
Coat/Dress Length * Measure from the highest point of the shoulder down.
Height * Measure from top of the head down standing barefoot on a hard flat surface with normal posture.
Hips * Measure around fullest part of the body at the top of legs with feet together.
Inseam * Measure from inside crotch seam to the hem of pants that fit you well.
Waist * Measure around natural waistline which appears as crease when bending to one side.
Neck * Measure around fullest part of the neck.
Rise * Measure from the crotch to top of the waistband.
Skirt Length * Measure from the waist down. Skirts are measured from center front. Skirts with waistbands are measured from seams down. Skirts without waistbands are measured from the top down.
Sleeve * Measure from center back of neck over the point of shoulder and down outside of arm past elbow to wrist with arm relaxed at side.
Suit jackets, blazers and coats
Men’s US sizes for suit jackets, coats and blazers are based on the chest width and your height. When you measure your chest, you should stick a finger between the measuring tape and your body. The result simply equals your jacket size. Depending on your height, you then have to choose between short (S), regular (R) or long (L).
Take your measurements
1. NECK SIZE
Use the tape to measure around the base of your neck, where it meets your shoulders. Put a finger between your neck and the tape measure for a more loose fit collar.
Bend your elbow and put your hand on your hip. Ask your friend to measure from middle of back of your neck, around shoulder and elbow to wrist bone.
3. CHEST WIDTH
This measurement should be taken beneath your armpits, around the widest part of your chest and shoulder blades. Make sure to keep the tape measure horizontal, and don’t pull to tight or hold your breath while measuring.
Put the tape around your natural waistline, which should be close to your bellybutton. Put one finger between the tape and your body before you measure.
This is measured between your groin and your lower ankle. You might find that is most easily measured on a pair of pants that already suit you.