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Mastering the Tape Measure: How to Take Your Measurements in 3 Easy Steps

Understanding your body is the cornerstone of confident styling. Taking your measurements might seem daunting, but it's an essential step toward finding the perfect fit. Today, I'll guide you through measuring yourself accurately in just three straightforward steps.


How to Take Your Measurements in 3 Easy Steps
How to Take Your Measurements in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: The Bust Measurement

Measure your bust
Measure your bust

Begin by wrapping the tape measure around the fullest part of your bust, ensuring it's parallel to the ground. Keep the tape snug but not too tight against your skin. Take note of the measurement in inches or centimeters, ensuring the tape isn't slack or overly taut.


The bust measurement is crucial because it helps in determining the fit of tops, dresses, and other upper-body garments.


Step 2: The High Waist Measurement

Measure your high waist
Measure your high waist

Locate your natural waistline, typically an inch or two above your belly button or at the smallest part of your torso. Gently wrap the tape around this area, ensuring it's straight and aligned. Record the measurement, making sure the tape doesn't dig into your skin or leave gaps.


The high waist measurement helps you to determine your pants and jeans size.


Step 3: The Hips Measurement

Measure your hips
Measure your hips

For the hips, position the tape measure around the widest part of your hips and buttocks. Ensure the tape is parallel to the ground and wraps around the widest point. Take note of the measurement without cinching the tape too tightly or leaving it loose.


The hip measurement also helps you to determine your pants and jeans size while solidifying your proportions.


Are you still having trouble? Watch me take my measurements here.


Pro tips for accurate measurements:

  • Use a soft, flexible tape measure for accurate readings

  • Wear fitted clothing to get precise measurements

  • Have someone assist you if possible, ensuring the tape is level and snug without pulling too tight

  • Repeat measurements to ensure accuracy, especially if you're taking them solo

  • Remember, having your measurements on hand will aid in selecting clothes that fit flawlessly, enhancing your style confidence


Take your measurements once a quarter
Take your measurements once a quarter

Now that you have your measurements, grab your copy of The Body Shape Bible to determine your unique body shape!


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