How to measure your body to use our size guide + for custom sizing


We want you to feel confident choosing items from our range, and one way to help you do this is by providing a size guide. We know from experience however, that taking your own measurements can be a challenge, and incorrect measurements = incorrect sizing. We will also need your measurements if you're ordering custom sizes, and we're hoping this guide will help!

Ideally you will have someone who can help you. If not, read on, as we have some tips for taking your own measurements. Please measure yourself carefully, and keep in mind there are no returns or exchanges on underwear or sale items.

 What you will need:

  • Pen and paper, or a note taking app on your phone
  • A soft measuring tape (not the stiff steel kind used in construction) preferably in centimeters

OR

(these will be less accurate, but can be helpful if you don't have other options)

  • Print this measuring tape. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
  • You can use a long shoe lace, or a thin strip of fabric and a ruler to measure the fabric. Don't use anything thick, bulky, or that has any stretch. The longer the ruler the easier this will be. 

Things to know before you get started

Wear only undergarments ideally, or thin, close fitting clothing. Stand straight and tall, with your feet together and your arms by your sides. Make sure the tape is firm, not loose and sagging, but also not too tight. Relax and exhale before taking bust and waist measurements.

If taking your own measurements

Having a mirror will be helpful so you can be sure that the tape measure is in place behind you. Don't lean forward to read the numbers on the tape measure. Instead, mark with your finger where the tape overlaps and let it go before trying to read the number. 

Bust and chest measurement

When measuring the chest area there are three areas that need to be measured - under bust, bust, and over bust (chest) and the measurements you need will depend on the garment you are measuring for. See our size guide to see which measurements you need to take.

The under bust measurement is taken around your chest, under your breasts.

diagram depicting where to measure your under bust

 

 

The bust measurement is taken around the back and over the widest part of your breasts. It's helpful to take this particular measurement while wearing a bra or bralette.

diagram depicting where to measure your bust

The over bust/chest is measured under the arms and over the breasts.

diagram depicting where to measure your chest/over bust

Waist measurement

Your natural waist is approximately between your belly button and below your rib cage. An easy way to find it is to bend to the side, and where the skin creases that is your natural waistline. This may not be wear you wear the waist band of your pants, but it's a crucial measurement for determining your garment size.

diagram depicting where to measure your waist

Hip measurement

The most important hip measurement for our purposes is also known as the low hip measurement, and is taken around the largest part of your hips and buttocks. For most people this will be on or below the crotch line, but it can vary. One way to tell if you have the measuring tape in the right place is to hold it together across your hips (hip bones) and slide it down. When the tape measure is no longer opening up this is the widest point.

 diagram depicting where to measure your hip

It can also be helpful to measure your hip straight around over your hip bones. This is particularly helpful if a garment is designed to fit around the hips themselves. Measure your hips around the body and directly over where your hip bones are.diagram depicting where to measure your hip

Now that you have your measurements, refer to our size guide to choose your size!