Finding the right clothing size is especially important for petites. Since each brand and store’s sizes are made differently (some run large, while others run small), it’s important to properly measure yourself prior to ordering or shopping.
First off, you’ll need clothing measuring tape (you can find an online version here and print it out if you don’t currently have one). Keep a pen and paper at your reach to jot down your measurements and keep them in a safe place.
Measure around the fullest part of bust under arms with arms relaxed down at sides.
Measure around your natural waistline which appears as a crease when you bend.
Measure around the fullest part of your body, standing straight up.
Measure from your inside crotch seam to the hem of your pants.
Measure from your crotch to the top of your waistband.
- Sits above waist (inches) = 11-12
- Sits at waist (inches) = 10-11
- Sits low on waist (inches) = 8.5-10
- Sits ultra low on waist (inches) 7-8.5
Measure from the center of the back of your neck, over point of your shoulder, and down the outside of your arm, past your elbow to wrist. Make sure your with arm is relaxed at your side when measuring.
Measure from your waist down in the center of your body. Skirts with waistbands are measured from seams down, while those without waistbands are measured from top down.
Measure from the highest point of your shoulder down.