How to Get Your Body Measurements

When taking these measurements, use a cloth tape measure, not a metal one. Make sure that, when you circle your chest, waist, or hips, the tape is level and neither too tight nor too loose. This may sound silly, but don’t trust your memory — be sure to write the measurements down!

Upper bust

Measure the circumference of your upper bust by aligning the measure at the middle of your back and then closing the tape over the top of your breast.


Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement.


Measure the circumference of your waist. Use the tape to circle your waist, the natural waist is the smallest point of your waist, which is usually an inch or two above your bellybutton.


Measure the circumference of your hips. Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear, around the other hip, and back to where you started. Make sure the tape is over the widest part of your hip while keeping the tape parallel to the floor.

Dress length

Place tape where shoulder and neck seams meet. Measure straight down to the bottom (hem) of your dress.

Measurement References


International XS S M L XL
US  0-2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18
UK 6-8 8-10 12-14 16-18 20-26
BUST (inches)  32 33-34  35-37 38-40 42
WAIST (inches)  24 25-26 27-29  30-32 34
HIP (inches)  34  35-36 37-39 40-42 44