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How To Measure Yourself

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With our busy lives and all the running around that we do, online shopping has made life a whole lot easier, not to mention being able to do it any time of the day or night! However, as convenient as it is, it may prove to be tricky when it comes to sizes.

Firstly, shopping online does not give you the option / opportunity to try the clothes on and see how the clothes sit or feel on you, so all you're left with, is working with the size you normally buy clothes in. If you're an avid online shopper, you will know that many online stores have various sizing charts that they use, which are;

  • Some use a Small, Medium, Large chart
  • Others use the; 6, 8, 10, 12 chart
  • Others use the ; 30, 32, 34 chart

As if that is not confusing enough, there are UK, USA, our own, and OTHER sizes which differ as well!

I recently had a customer buy one of my dresses in a size which was too small for her, which was followed by a normal exchange. In the spirit of informing you all about sizes, an important part of getting the right size, is measuring yourself correctly. Below is a quick and easy guide on how to do it.

First up, we measure the bust. This is done on the biggest part of your bust, like in the picture below.

Next up is the waist. This is measured at the smallest part of your waist, as can be seen below.

Lastly, we measure the hips, and like before, this is always at the widest part of your hips, as can be seen below.

With a better idea of what your measurements are, it makes choosing the correct size, that much easier. For your convenience, Barbara McKenzie uses this chart, and for more detailed measurements, here's more, from WikiHow.

*Pictures sourced from WikiHow.

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