The Importance of Measuring Yourself and Your Clothes

Clothing size measurements – the importance of measuring yourself and your clothes

If you are tired of taking three of the same item (pants, skirts, jackets) of varying sizes to the fitting room because you aren’t sure what size you are for that store or brand, keep reading!

What I’m about to tell you will set you free and save you so much time.

Stop reading those numbers and start measuring – yourself and then your clothes before going to the fitting room.

Why do this? Vanity sizing- the arbitrary numbers on tags for women’s clothing. Generally these are misses size 0 to women’s 24. Those numbers mean nothing. Every brand has a different fit model and way of sizing up from the fit model. You can literally ignore those made up numbers and focus YOUR real numbers.

Why else is this important? You get a much better sense of proper fit. When you shop and regularly measure your clothes – you may notice why your older clothes seem too big or too small. Example: you consistently wear large or extra large shirts when based on measurements you are more of a medium and occasional large. Now you can focus on shirts that fit you properly. You also will stop caring about the numbers. You no longer have to think if only I was a size “fill in the blank” again. No more comparison or shame.

Another cool strategy

This strategy I have adopted for myself and with clients – you can take advantage of clothes that would otherwise be too long on others. Let me explain. When I shop with very petite clients (five feet tall or shorter), I usually find them the perfect length of pant – which are crop pants for women who are average height. The length of pant on a petite client is ankle length – perfection! In the past you may have ignored those cropped pants thinking they are only meant to be cropped in length and would be “too long” on you so you don’t even bother. Give this a try and see how it works.

What else? Lastly of course is the tremendous time savings that comes with this. You will save time shopping and most importantly in the fitting room! Only clothes that are your exact measurements or close approximation (within an inch or so), make it back to the fitting room with you to try on. You will feel better about not struggling with the clothes because they don’t fit, trying to run out to find a different size and wasting your time.

Clothing size measurements to take

Basic measurements for women will be – bust, waist, hips and inseam. I advise taking two inseam measurements if you wear both flats and heels. If you are petite or tall – I advise taking your sleeve measurement and your waist to knee measurement. Inevitably you have faced the too-long jacket sleeve or if you’re tall the too short skirt that wasn’t intended as a mini-skirt.

How to measure yourself and your clothes

For women, watch –  how to save time in the fitting room and reduce stress!
For men, watchBasic Measurements for Guys

You will need a flexible tape measure and it helps to have someone measure you.

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