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How to Properly Measure Yourself for Online Shopping

Gone are the days where I spend countless hours traipsing through my favorite clothing stores just casually shopping. For right now, shopping looks more like having a baby strapped to me while I quickly scan for something I need so I can get out before its time for the next feeding. Not the most luxurious way to add to your wardrobe, eh?

This is where online shopping saves the day! You have the entire store’s selection at your fingertips, organized and neatly laid out (if you get overwhelmed while shopping at big stores raise your hand!), and I don’t have to worry about baby meltdowns or being frazzled. The downside: You can’t try it on to make sure it fits correctly. Knowing how to properly measure yourself and taking a peek at the stores sizing guide will completely solve this problem! Here’s what you need to know:

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You’ll need a soft measuring tape to get the most accurate measurement. If you don’t have one, you could use string/yarn and measure it against a ruler or tape measure.

Bust: Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around (under your armpits) to get the measurement.

Waist: Circle your waist at your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button and below your rib cage. (If you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline.) Don’t suck in your stomach, or you’ll get a false measurement.

Hips: Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear, around the other hip, and back to where you started.

Inseam: Measure the distance from the uppermost inner part of your thigh to the bottom of your ankle. Your inseam will help you buy pants that fit well and let you decide if you need to opt for a size that specifies a “tall” or “regular” inseam.

Happy online shopping!

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