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Sizing & Fit
We'll show you how to measure your body to help you order the right size. We'll also provide expert advice on choosing flattering styles.
Stand with normal posture, barefoot, on a level floor. If your height is 5'4" or under, you're a candidate for petite sizes.
Measure around the fullest area, with the tape measure parallel to the floor.
Hold the tape measure around your waist where it feels most natural (the tape measure might not be strictly parallel to the floor).
Measure around the higher part of your hip; about 4" or so below your natural waist, but above the low hip.
Measure around the fullest part of your hip; about 8" or so below your natural waist, before the thigh begins narrowing in again.
Measure from the top of the inner thigh to the top of the ankle.
For shoes, order your normal size. For heel heights, measure from the center back of the heel. For belts, order the same size as your pants or skirt; if you're between sizes, order the next size up.
What kind of fit do you like?
Most women have an ongoing preference for a particular kind of clothing fit – say, semi-fitted or loose-fitting – because they innately feel it looks right on them. For others, good fit is more a matter of physical comfort. Still others are drawn to whatever is considered fashionable; the fit itself may be secondary. But pinpointing what looks best on you goes beyond style or comfort. It's the art of balancing out your figure proportions to your best advantage. For example, if your body is full through the hips, clothing that enhances your shoulders will help balance your upper and lower proportions; if your waist is relatively undefined, clothing that de-emphasizes your waist is usually best. Although there is arguably no actual "ideal" figure – the public's taste is always changing – these tips will help determine what you feel looks best.
Pant, skirt and shirt lengths
Pant lengths: Capri pants are worn just below the knee and may reach the upper portion of the calf. Cropped pants expose the ankles and the lower portion of the calf. Full length pants reach the tops of your shoes.
Skirt lengths: Skirt lengths are measured from the natural waist to the hem.
Shirt length: Shirt lengths are measured from the high point of the shoulder (where the base of the neck and shoulders meet) to the hem. They are also measured from the center back of the neck down.