We work with a variety of manufacturers and know from personal experience that clothing sizes are never consistent.
This is why each product on our site has its own size chart so you can compare it to your measurements.
We try to provided you with as much information as we can to help you find the right size. You’ll find one or more of the three kinds of charts on our product pages:
- Body Dimensions: The most common type of size chart, the manufacturer’s recommended size for different body measurements. Whenever possible we check manufacturer information for accuracy and update pages as necessary.
- Garment Dimensions: The dimensions for each piece of clothing listed by their labeled size. The best method for checking your size is to measure the dimensions of a similar item of clothing that you know fits.
- Size Guide with Photos and Model Measurements: Each size guide contains the manufacturer’s recommended size chart, photos of 5 or more models with their B-W-H measurements, fabric content & fit notes.
Here are some tips on how to measure yourself.
Before you start:
- Acquire a flexible tape measure. If you can’t find one get yourself a long piece of string or ribbon and a ruler. The string method is a little harder but it’ll get the job done.
- Having a friend handy to help you measure can lead to more accurate data. Tape measures like to ride up in the back and having someone to keep them in place is never a bad idea. (Trust me, I’ve learned from experience.)
- If your tape measure / string isn’t long enough you’re not stuck. You’ll need to mark where it starts and ends so you can measure that remaining distance. You will definitly want some help with this, and a nonpermanent way to mark your clothes. (Safety pin, chalk…etc.)
How to measure your:
Bust / Chest. Wrap the tape measure under your arms and around the fullest part of your bust. Done.
Waist. Your waist is not necessarily where your waistband on your favorite pair of pants sit. If you’re anything like me you might be surprised to learn it is MUCH higher than you thought. So to get this one right, lean to the side and start measuring from the crease.
Hips. Most people recommend standing and measuring around the fullest part of the hip. HOWEVER if you find that your pants are perfect when you stand but too tight when you sit, try to get this measurement while you’re seated. Similarly, you want to make sure your butt is taken into account when measure. (Remember I said tape measures like to slide up? Yeah. This is how I know.)
Inseam. The best way to measure this is by measuring the inseam of your favorite pair of pants. Fold them in half and flatten them as much as you can. Then measure the line from the crotch of the pants to the hem at the ankle.
Note about body shape: Apples, Pears, Hourglass, whatever. There are lots of people out there who will tell you how to dress to flatter your shape. I’m not gonna do that. You can wear what you want. What I WILL do is give you a head’s up when an item might not FIT a particular body shape.