Finding the Right Fit: Measuring Yourself Correctly

Have you ever worn an ill-fitting bra that just didn’t feel right? You’re not alone. Wearing the wrong size clothes can ruin a perfect outfit or even an entire day. Today, we’re talking about how to measure yourself correctly, whether you’re buying a new dress or a perfect-fitting bra. Knowing your exact measurements is important, and this guide will help you do exactly that!

Why measuring yourself matters

First, why should you bother measuring yourself? Well, sizes can vary drastically between brands and even between different styles within the same brand. What fits you perfectly in one store might be too tight or too loose in another. By knowing your precise measurements, you can manage the subtle differences with ease and confidence.

The tools you need

Before we begin, you need to gather your tools:

  • A flexible measuring tape
  • A full-length mirror
  • A notepad and pen (or your phone) to note down measurements
  • A friend (optional, but helpful)

Having these tools on hand makes the process smoother and ensures accuracy.

Measuring your bust

Let’s start with the bust, a key measurement for tops, dresses, and, of course, bras.

  • Wear a Non-Padded Bra: To get an accurate measurement, wear a bra that doesn’t add extra volume.
  • Wrap the measuring tape around your back. Bring it around to the fullest part of your bust.
  • Keep the Tape Parallel: Make sure the tape is level and snug but not tight.
  • Check in the mirror. Ensure the tape isn’t twisted.
  • Take the measurement and round to the nearest whole number.

Pro Tip: Don’t hold your breath while measuring. Breathe normally to get a proper measurement.

Measuring your underbust

Next up is the underbust, essential for determining your band size in bras.

  • Position the Tape: Place the measuring tape directly under your bust.
  • Keep It Snug: The tape should be tight but comfortable.
  • Ensure levelness: Check in the mirror that it’s parallel to the floor.
  • Take the measurement and round it up to the nearest whole number.

Pro Tip: This measurement is often a bit tighter than your bust measurement. Don’t worry; it’s supposed to be snug.

Determining Your Band Size

To find your band size, you’ll need your underbust measurement.

  • Even Number: If your underbust measurement is an even number, add four inches.
  • Odd Number: If it’s an odd number, add five inches.

For example, if you measured 32 inches, your band size is 36. If you measured 33 inches, your band size is 38.

Bra size chart

Understanding your bra size is essential for a comfortable fit. To make it easier, we’ve put together a simple bra size chart to help you determine your cup size based on the difference between your bust and band measurements.

Difference (in inches)Cup Size

Using a bra size chart might seem daunting at first, but it’s simpler than you think. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • Band Size: Let’s say your underbust measurement is 32 inches. Adding four inches gives you a band size of 36.
  • Bust Size: If your bust measurement is 39 inches, the difference is 3 inches.
  • Cup Size: A 3-inch difference corresponds to a C cup.

Measuring your waist

A perfect fit around the waist can affect the fit of your whole outfit. Here’s how to get it right:

  • Find Your Natural Waist: This is usually the narrowest part of your torso.
  • Wrap the tape around. Keep it level and snug, but not tight.
  • Stand normally: Don’t suck in or push out your stomach.
  • Take the measurement and round to the nearest whole number.

Pro Tip: Your natural waist is often a bit higher than you think, usually just above the belly button.

Measuring your hips

For skirts, pants, and dresses, an accurate hip measurement is essential.

  • Find the Fullest Part of Your Hips: This is typically around your buttocks.
  • Wrap the tape around. Keep it level and snug.
  • Check in the mirror: Ensure the tape is parallel to the floor.
  • Take the measurement and round to the nearest whole number.

Pro Tip: Stand with your feet together for the most accurate hip measurement.

Measuring Your Shoulder Width

For tailored tops and jackets, shoulder width is key

  • Stand up straight. Relax your shoulders.
  • Measure Across the Back: From one shoulder bone to the other.
  • Ask for Help: A friend can ensure accuracy.
  • Take the measurement and round to the nearest whole number.

Pro Tip: Keep your arms relaxed at your sides during the measurement.

Wrapping Up

Measuring yourself correctly is an invaluable skill that can transform your shopping experience. By following these steps, you’ll ensure a perfect fit for every piece of clothing you buy. No more guessing games or ill-fitting outfits!

At Foxy Lingerie, we understand the importance of a perfect fit. Our wide range of lingerie is designed to cater to every body type, ensuring you feel confident and comfortable. Visit our store to explore our collection and find your perfect fit today.

Happy measuring, and may all your clothes fit like a dream!

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