How to measure yourself?

How to measure yourself?


Measuring yourself correctly is essential for finding well-fitting clothes and for custom tailoring. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to take accurate measurements:

 Tools You'll Need:

  • A flexible measuring tape (preferably in inches or centimeters)
  • A piece of paper and a pen to note down your measurements
  • A friend or family member to help, which can lead to more accurate measurements

 General Tips Before You Start:

  • Wear form-fitting clothing or undergarments to get the most accurate measurements.
  • Keep the measuring tape snug but not too tight; it should not dig into your skin.
  • Stand up straight with your feet together.
  • Take each measurement a couple of times to ensure accuracy.


Measuring Upper Body:

  1. Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, where a collar sits. Leave enough room to comfortably fit a finger between the tape and your neck.
  2. Chest: Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your chest, usually across the nipple line. Make sure the tape is level and firm, but not tight.
  3. Waist: Measure around your natural waistline, which is typically the narrowest part of your waist. It's usually about an inch above your belly button.
  4. Hips: Stand with your feet together and measure around the fullest part of your hips, usually at the top of the buttocks.
  5. Sleeve Length: Bend your elbow and place your hand on your hip. Measure from the center back of your neck, over your shoulder and elbow, to your wrist bone.
  6. Shoulders: Measure from one shoulder point to the other, across the back. The shoulder point is where the horizontal plane of the shoulder intersects the vertical plane of the arm.

 Measuring Lower Body:

  1. Inseam: Measure from the crotch seam down to the bottom of the ankle bone. It's easier if someone helps you with this.
  2. Outseam: Measure from your natural waist to the floor. Stand straight and don't look down, as this can alter the measurement.
  3. Thigh: Measure around the fullest part of your thigh, just below the crotch.
  4. Calf: Measure around the fullest part of your calf.

 Additional Measurements for Tailoring:

  • Upper Arm: Measure around the largest part of your upper arm, which is usually around the biceps.
  • Wrist: Measure around your wrist bone.
  • Neck to Waist: Measure from the base of the neck down to your waistline.
  • Back Width: Measure across the back from one armpit to the other.

 Keep in Mind:

  • For a tailored suit or shirt, you might also need to measure the shirt length (from the base of the neck to the desired hemline), the jacket length (similar to the shirt length but longer), and the waistcoat length if applicable.
  • When measuring for pants, you may also need the front and back rise measurements. The front rise is from the waistline to the crotch in front, and the back rise is from the waistline to the crotch at the back.


  • Double-check your measurements.
  • Write them down clearly, noting what each measurement is for.
  • Use these measurements as a reference when shopping for clothes or getting custom-tailored garments.

 Having the right measurements can make a significant difference in how clothes fit and feel. It's worth taking the time to do it properly or getting professionally measured at a tailor or clothing store


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