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Before choosing a bridesmaid dress, do you want to know how to measure out the exact body data? The answer is here. This article will tell you how you can get the right measurements at home.
Step 1: Stand naturally without hunching over to find the right measurement position.
Step 2: Wrap the tape measure around the position you found.
Step 3: Make sure that the tape measure is horizontal or vertical to avoid wrong numbers. And whether the tape measure is horizontal or vertical depends on the part being measured.
Step 4: Record the number of the tape measure on a piece of paper.
Step 5: Follow the above steps to measure a few more times and record the results. Choose the number that occurs most often, which is the size you need.
Position: Bust is at the level line of the nipples, which is the most prominent part of your chest.
Measurement Process: Wrap the tape measure horizontally around your chest, but without any signs of compression. The tape measure starts in front or on the side of the bust (under the armpits), goes around, and ends where it started. Then, take several more measurements and read the data at the same location or near the nipples. Choose the number that occurs most often and is relatively large, which is your bust girth.
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Position: Waist girth is about 1 inch above the belly button and below your rib cage, which is the place to measure the standard waist.
Measurement Process: Wrap the tape measure horizontally around this position. Be careful not to measure your waist girth while inhaling on purpose or to show any signs of tightening your waist. This may lead to poor-fitting or even unwearable bridesmaid dresses. Record the number and follow the above steps to measure a few more times. Pick the number that occurs most often and is relatively narrow, which is your correct waist girth.
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Position: Hip girth is at the largest part of your hips.
Measurement Process: Stand naturally with your legs together. Wrap the tape measure around the largest part of your hips. The tape measure should touch your buttocks but not squeeze them. Also, check that the tape measure is horizontal. If it is not, correct it immediately. Finally, read the numbers. If you are not sure if the number is correct, you can also take several more measurements in or near the same area and choose the largest number from them.
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Position: The hollow-to-floor length (without shoes) is from the hollow space between two collarbones to the floor.
Measurement Process: Stand straight with your feet together. You hold one end of the tape measure (the zero mark) in the hollow space between your collarbones. Then have your partner pull the tape measure vertically to the floor and hold it in place by hand. Finally, the number on the position of the fixed tape measure in your friend's hand is the hollow-to-floor length.
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Position: Height is the distance from the top of your head to the floor.
Measurement Process: You can stand naturally against the wall (without shoes). There should be no tilting or bending of your body. Place a ruler or a book horizontally on top of your head and make it touch the wall. Make a mark where it touches the wall. Next, use a tape measure to measure the distance from the floor to the mark. Finally, read out the number on the tape measure, which is your height.
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Posotion: The height of a high heel refers to the height of its heel, i.e., from the bottom of the heel to the top of the heel.
Measurement Process: Place your high heels on a flat surface. Pull the tape measure from the top of the heel, starting at the top of the heel, to the bottom of the heel. The resulting number is the height of your high heels.
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Position: The belly circumstance is at your biggest waist.
Measurement Process: Place your tape measure around your biggest waist. Keep the tape measure horizontal, and there should not be any signs of strangulation of your belly. Don't inhale for a smaller belly. Reads the number and records it. You can also read the measurement several times to get the most accurate belly circumstance.
For a woman who has either an apple-shaped or diamond-shaped body, belly circumference is generally the thickest part of her waist. Measuring this part allows the waistline of the bridesmaid dresses to be designed to better match the curve of the waist with more fat.
Position: It is the distance from your hollow space between two collarbones to the belly (biggest waist).
Measurement Process: After determining the location of the belly, you can measure the hollow to belly. If you have a friend to help, you can just stand naturally give the measurement to your friend. If you're measuring yourself, keep your upper body as straight as possible and use a tape measure. You can check that the tape measure is perpendicular to the ground by standing in front of a mirror.
Position: If your butt is bigger than your hips, then measuring your butt is necessary. The butt circumstance is measured at your largest butt, about at the bottom of your hips.
Measurement Process: Keep your heels together and stand straight. Keep the tape measure horizontal (parallel to the floor) and circle around this position, neither too loose nor too tight. Record the reading on the tape measure on a piece of paper. If there is a large discrepancy among the numbers, the measurement should be repeated.
Position: The armhole girth is a loop at the top of the arm at the joint.
Measurement Process: Start the tape measure at the center of the arm where it joins the shoulder, then run it along the arm, past the armpit, and around the circumference to the starting point. Read the number on the tape measure, which is your armhole girth.
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Position: Arm length is the length from the shoulder joint, through the elbow, and ending at the prominent outer wristbone.
Measurement Process: Bend your arms about 90 degrees. Then have your friend pull the tape measure from just above the shoulder joint, along the back of the arm to just above the elbow joint, and then pull it in a straight line to the prominent outer wristbone. Read the number on the tape measure, which is your arm length.
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Position: Biceps circumstance is measured around the fullest part of your upper arm, which is usually at the peak of your bicep.
Measurement Process: Make sure your arm muscles are relaxed during the measurement. Wrap the tape measure around the thickest part of your biceps, about halfway between the peak of the shoulder joint (the acromion) and the elbow joint. The tape measure should not strangle your muscles and should not be loose. Read the number and take several measurements near the measurement to find the maximum figure, which is your upper arm girth.
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Position: The wrist girth is at the widest part of your wrist, which is usually around or above the prominent wrist bone.
Measurement Process: With your palms facing up, open or make a fist to make sure you measure out the fullest part of your wrist. Wrap the tape measure around it, but not so tightly that your wrist shows signs of dimpling. After taking the reading, if you are not 100% sure about the area where you are measuring your wrist, you can take several more measurements around the original position and find the maximum size, which is your wrist girth.
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Position: Hollow to hem is the distance from your hollow space between two collarbones to the hem of the bridesmaid dress. To make it easier for you to know the length of bridesmaid dresses you want, we offer you five follow-to-hem lengths, including mini length, knee length, tea length, ankle length, and floor length.
Measurement Process: Place the zero mark of the tape measure in the hollow between the collarbones and hold it in place temporarily. Then have your friend pull the tape measure vertically downward in a smooth motion to the hem you want.
Tips: Mini hollow-to-hem length (with shoes) is usually more than 31 inches, and floor hollow-to-hem length (with shoes) is usually more than 53 inches.
For your shopping convenience, our sizes include US, UK, and EU sizes. In addition, we provide you with lengths in inches and centimeters for your size reference.
In this article, we have explained how to measure the data needed for the bridesmaid dresses. I believe these measurements will help you know your body shape and will thus be a great help to you in choosing the ideal bridesmaid dresses. If you find our article helpful, it would be our great pleasure!
You can use something else, such as a belt, long shoe string, or ribbon, instead of a tape measure. Wrap it around you, marking the start and end points. Then lay that tool flat and straight and use a ruler to measure out the exact numbers. A sheet of A4 paper measures 8.3 x 11.7 inches, so you can also use it for measuring.
First, measure your waist girth and hip girth by using the methods in this article. Then calculate your WHR (the waist-to-hip ratio) by dividing your waist girth by your hip girth.
Sleeve lengths include four types: short sleeves, half sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, and full/long sleeves.
Different companies usually run different sizes, so please do check and compare your measurements of bust, waist, hip(widest part of hip including butt) and hollow to floor with shoes on with our Fit&Sizing Guide before deciding your size. Only error is less than 1'' between your real measurements and standard size, then choose standard size otherwise it's better custom size. The measurements on the size chart are body measurements, not finished dress measurements.