How to measure yourself for buying clothes online
Knowing how to measure yourself for buying clothes online is a crucial skill when shopping vintage.
Vintage clothes are tricky pieces of clothing because usually, the size tag doesn't reflect modern sizing at all. Knowing how to measure yourself for clothes helps you find perfectly fitting garments every time you online shop for vintage! That is why I take the time to enclose as many measurement info on my vintage items as I possibly can to ensure an optimal fit.
I made a quick cheat sheet for you who need a reminder of how this all works. And scroll down for two cheeky videos for demonstrations on how to measure yourself for buying clothes online. 🧡
HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF FOR TOPS:
- Shoulders: Draw an imaginary line from your armpit straight up to your shoulder. This is your shoulder point. Measure between these two shoulder points keeping the measuring tape straight.
- Chest: Measure from the widest part of your chest.
- Waist: The smallest part of your abdomen. Note, however, that with clothes you need to measure the place where you would like the item to rise on your waist.
- Length: Distance between the shoulder point to the hem. (Some measure this from near the collar or neckline to hem, always check which method is used.)
- Sleeves: Distance between the shoulder point to your wrist. Keep your arm slightly bent when taking the measurement!
HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF FOR TROUSERS:
I think the easiest way to measure your lower body is to measure pants or trousers you already own and fit you.
- Hips: Measure the widest part of your hips.
- Rise: Measure from the top of the trousers to where the leg seams meet.
- Inseam: The distance between the crotch seam down to the hem of the pants.
These are my tips on how to measure yourself for buying clothes online! Let me know if this helps you with your online vintage shopping.