How to Measure Yourself for Clothing

Buying vintage clothing online can definitely be tricky. There aren't any dressing rooms to try on the clothing, and it's difficult to know if it'll fit right. At Eliyas Vintage, we want to make the experience of shopping vintage online, smooth and effortless. That's why we provide detailed measurements for all of our garments so you can best determine which size to select for you and the fit of the garment. 

How to Measure Yourself for Clothing: What You'll Need

1. Tape Measure

2. Mirror

3. Paper & Pen

Before we begin, a GOOD RULE OF THUMB for determining if something from Eliyas Vintage will fit you is to have your measurements clearly noted and somewhere nearby and handy. You can go about this in two ways. The easiest and the most full-proof is to measure items in your closet that fit you well.

Measuring your Bust

Put on your favorite bra that you will most likely wear this garment with. Take the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust. Do not pull too tight and make sure the measuring tape isn't sagging in the back. Mark this number down in your notebook. 

How We Measure Bust Size for our Clothing: We measure the bust while the garment is laid flat from armpit to armpit then double the measurements. If a dress measures 15" across the bust measurement would be 30"

Measuring your Waist

Natural waist: Take tape measure around the smallest part of your waist. Your natural waist is usually just above your belly button line. Make sure you are not pulling the tape measure too tight or too loose. Your stomach should be relaxed. Don't know where your natural waist is? Look in the mirror and bend sideways. The crease between your ribcage and bellybutton is your natural waist.

How We Measure Waist for our Clothing: We measure the waist while the garment is laid flat and double the measurement. On dresses, waist measurements are taken where the natural waist would be or where the waist seam is.

Measuring your Hips

Take the tip measure and measure 7" down from your natural waist. This is your Hipline. Measure around the fullest part of your hips while your feet are together.

How We Measure Hips for our Clothing: We measure the hips while the garment is laid flat 7" below the waist seam or natural waist. Then the measurements are double. If the hips are 17" across the hip measurement given is 34"

Measuring your Bodice Length

Stand in front of the mirror and stand relaxed and straight. Take the tape measure and start at the shoulder and measure down to your natural waistline. Note the number.

How We Measure Bodice Length for our Clothing: While the garment is laid flat we measure from the top of the shoulder to the waist seam or natural waistline if there is no waist seam.

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