Taking Accurate Body Measurements
Before you begin:
- Stand in front of a full length mirror, if possible, so you can check that the tape measure is positioned correctly.
- Use a soft, flexible, sewing-type measuring tape.
- Maintain good posture – stand up straight with the crown of your head facing the ceiling while keeping your muscles relaxed and natural.
- Measuring without clothing is the best way to go but if you wear clothing make sure you wear the same clothing each time you measure.
- Keep the measuring tape as tight around your body as possible without pinching your skin in.
What to Measure:
Bust: Place measuring tape across your nipples and measure around the largest part of the chest. Try to keep the measuring tape as level as possible.
Chest: Put the measuring tape just under your breasts or pectoral muscles and measure around your torso while keeping the tape level.
Waist: Place the measuring tape at the smallest part of your waist (above your belly button). Before you start measuring, let out your breath and measure before taking in another breath.
Hips: Place the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips and buttocks – for women, this is usually on the hip bones. Measure all the way around while keeping the tape as level as possible.
Thighs: Measure around the widest part of each of your thighs.
Upper Arm: Measure around the largest part of your upper arm (above your elbow) – this is the hardest one to do by yourself so get help with this one if you need it!