The fullest point of the hips is generally about 8 inches below the natural waist, but of course the distance varies from person to person.
Look for flexible material. Find a common item in your home that is flexible, meaning that it bends so you can use the length of it to measure curves on your body. Try common materials like string, yarn, a piece of scrap fabric, or a cable.
Try to find an object with a known length. Look for an object that you have on hand that has an even, known length to allow for easy measuring. Depending on the object, you can either use it to directly measure on your body, or to measure the length of another material like string. For instance, a standard American printer paper size is 8.
An American dollar bill is 2. Mark increments on the material. If you use a material that is long, you can mark off every 6 or 12 inches on it to measure longer lengths of the body, like inseam.
On shorter material like a piece of paper or dollar bill, you can simply use it to measure one length at a time, or fold it in halves to measure smaller increments. Or, approximate lengths using your hand and arm. The distance from your first knuckle to the end of your fingertip is about 1 inch, the distance across your palm underneath the fingers is about 4 inches, and the distance from elbow to fingertips is about 18 inches.
However, these approximations vary on each body. Lay the material on the body for measurement. If your material is too short to span the length of the area, place your finger as precisely as possible where the material ends and begin there with another length of the material, doing this as many times as you have to to reach the full length of the area. If you want to find the length of an area of your body beforehand and then measure it afterward, place it on the area of your body you want to measure and carefully take hold of the material or even cut it if it is a material like string where the length of your body ends.
Then use a ruler or approximate measurements from your hand to determine the length. Make sure you write down all numbers and label them with the body measurement they correspond to. To measure for a bra, bathing suit, or other garment that calls for it, you will use this bust measurement along with the circumference just below the bust to find the cup and band size. Take a waist measurement. Find this point by observing where the torso creases when bending side to side, and note that it will fall above the bellybutton and below the ribcage.
When clothing measurements call for a waist size, it refers to the narrowest part of the torso, the natural waist. You may want to take another measurement below the natural waist where you know you will wear a garment. The fullest point of the hips is generally about 8 inches below the natural waist, but of course the distance varies from person to person. Take a few different measurements if you need to ensure that you find the widest point. Take the measurement of the inseam for a pair of pants by measuring along one leg from groin to ankle with the leg remaining straight.
This is best done on another person or with help from someone else to take a measurement on you. Take any other measurements necessary. Use your measuring material to take any other measurements that a sizing chart or clothing pattern calls for. Make sure that you always take a measurement from the fullest part or longest extension of a body part. Measure around the widest part of your arm or thigh, for example, and measure for the length of a sleeve with your arm bent to accommodate movement.
Use your measuring material on your own neck or the neck of another man to measure the circumference at the base of the neck. So if you measured 32 inches, your band size is If you measured 33 inches, your band size is Wrap the measuring tape somewhat loosely around the fullest part of your chest at nipple level. Subtract your band size from your bust measurement and refer to chart.
So how can you tell if a particular style fits? Bend forward at the waist, then slip on the bra and hook it. This ensures your breasts are completely in the cups.
The back of the bra should be level with the front. Make sure the bra is not too loose. You should be able to slide only one finger underneath the band. First, tighten the band, then shorten the straps. Put on a close-fitting shirt over the bra. If the cups pucker or your breasts bulge, you're not wearing the correct size. Look at yourself sideways in a mirror. Your breasts should sit midway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a more supportive and better-fitting bra.
If you need to go down a cup size for fit, go up one band size, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big for you, move to a 36B.
Choose a bra that fits perfectly when secured on the outermost hook. As the bra loosens over time, make the band taut by moving toward the tightest hook. Now that you've found your correct bra size, it's time to go shopping!
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. Waist: Measure the circumference of your waist. If it doesn't look like the right size, measure it. Run your tape across the parts of the clothing (as seen above) and multiply it by two. Don' t think about the number on the clothing. Is the measurements on the clothing smaller or bigger than your standard size? Then pick the right size according to . Loop the tape measure around your torso from just under your bust, behind you and below the shoulder blades, at your bra's band level, and back to under your bust. 2. The tape measure should gently hug your body, staying parallel with the floor.