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How to Take Your Clothing Measurements for Amazon

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Ever since I’ve started sharing my favorite Amazon Fashion finds, I’ve been getting lots of questions on how to find your best size, regardless of your body type.

Because Amazon clothing can come from all over the world, you can’t always rely on your usual US standard of a size 8 or a size medium.  Some of the clothes we’ve featured in our guides are very true to American sizes, and others are so different that we’re encouraging people to buy two or three sizes up.

So how can you find your right size when you don’t have someone like me giving you that advice?

That’s where your measurements come in!

Most of the clothing on Amazon (especially dresses and pants) come with their own size guides. And if you know your measurements, shopping and getting your right size will be a downright breeze.

First, watch the video below to see how to take your own measurements.

Now that you have the general idea, I’ll walk you through the nitty gritty.

How to Take Your Clothing Measurements for Amazon

First, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a measuring tape. If you don’t have one, order this one and come back to me in two days. 😉

While there are several clothing measurements that are used to determine sizing, Amazon clothing focuses on a few basic areas,  and that’s what we’re covering today.

While you can do this on your own, you may find that the inseam and hollow to floor are easier with a partner.

How to Measure your Bust

Tops, dresses

This one is pretty simple. Measure right around your breasts – NOT below them.

How to Measure your Waist

Tops, dresses, pants, skirts

Find your natural waist. It’s usually just above your belly button and the smallest part of your torso.

How to Measure your Hips

Tops, dresses, pants, skirts

This one threw me for a minute because it’s actually a little lower than my actual hip bones. Find the widest/thickest part of your body. For me, that’s smack dab in the center of my booty – making it an inch or two below my actual hipbones.

How to Measure Hollow to Floor


Hold the measuring tape at the hollow of your neck and measure all the way to the floor.  If the dress you’re ordering has a longer Hollow to Hem, Hollow or Hollow to Floor measurement than yours, that’s a good indication that you’ll need to have hit hemmed or need to wear heels.

How to Measure your Inseam


Start where you want the crotch of the pants to rest and measure to where you want the pants to stop (floor, ankle or crop). If your inseam is shorter than what’s listed in the size guide, just know that you may need to roll those pants a bit or have them hemmed.


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