To correctly measure your dress size, follow these steps:
Take your measurements, wearing only under clothes. This is to avoid bulk which adds centimetres and do not produce an accurate measurement. Stand in front of a mirror, or have somebody else taking it for you.
- The tape measure has to sit firmly around the points you are measuring, without pulling it too tight into the skin, as this will give you the incorrect size.
- The bust, waist and hip measurements are taken as circumferences (A, B,C), and is done by holding the tape in a horizontal position. See the diagram to the right.
- The bust measurement is taken around the widest part of the upper back and over the widest part of the bust.
- The waist is the smallest part of torso, and the measurement is taken over the smallest part of the back and the waist.
- The hip measurement is taken over the widest part of your hips.
This point is taken as a circumference parallel to the floor at the fullest part of your chest.
This point is taken as a circumference and taken at the smallest part of your waist.
This point is taken as a circumference parallel to the floor at the widest part of your hips.