Remember this before you start
Ordering your correct size begins with accurately measuring yourself. You might think that you can order a size that you’ve worn before, but that doesn’t necessarily work – because sizes can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer. After you’ve measured yourself, go to the size charts below for the type of garment you’re looking for. All sizes are posted in inches.
For dresses, you’ll need bust, waist, hip, and length from natural waist to hem.
For skirts, you’ll need the waist size.
For men’s upstyle shirts, please refer to the measurements listed on each shirt.
Some women are more pear-shaped or have a larger bust, straight up-and-down, etc. It’s best to choose the size that corresponds with your largest measurement. For example: If your bust is the largest part of your body, go with the size that corresponds closest to your bust measurement; for larger hips, go with the size that corresponds closest to your hip measurement. For straight up-and-down boyish figures, please note that our skirts are generally cut more generously and you should choose according to your hip size.
If you need help figuring anything out, feel free to contact us!
how to measure yourself
Take your actual measurements in inches. Don’t measure too tightly or you may order a garment that’s too small. To ensure accurate measurements, we suggest having a friend or family member measure you. Trying to measure your length without help will be especially difficult.
Measure your waist where it indents. The circle skirt is a high waist. The top of the waistband hits just above where your waist comes in, which is normally close to your belly button. Everyone’s body is different.
waist (b. in the diagram)
- Pull the tape around you (at the spot you’ve chosen) to just touch comfortably.
- Put your fingernail where it touches on the tape and write down the measurement.
- Measure again and write down the measurement. Measuring twice is important!
- Make sure to look at the wearing ease measurements on the chart. This is the actual waist measurement on your own body so that you’re comfortable wearing the garment. We suggest that you add 1/2″ to 2″ to your own waist measurement depending on your own preference in comfort.
|Garment measurement for waist (inches)
|Corresponding wearing ease.
|27 to 28 1/2″
|28 1/2 to 30″
|30 to 31 1/2″
|31 1/2 to 33″
|33 to 34 1/2″
bust (a. in the diagram)
Take your measuring tape and pull it around you to the front. Find the fullest part of your bust. Pull the tape to just touch comfortably. Put your fingernail where it touches and write down the measurement. Measure again and write down the measurement. Measuring twice is important!
waist (b. in the diagram)
Find the smallest part of your torso, which is about the middle of your figure. If you are measuring for a skirt, choose the spot where you like to have your skirt hang from. Some people like a high waistline which is above the belly button. Some people like a waistline below the belly button and some like it right at the hip bone. Pull the tape around you (at the spot you’ve chosen) to just touch comfortably. Put your fingernail where it touches and write down the measurement. Measure again and write down the measurement. Measuring twice is important!
hips (c. in the diagram)
Measure around the widest part of your lower body – usually that means the widest part of your thighs, especially for women. If you have a more of a “boyish” figure, then measure from around the widest part of your butt. If you have a larger stomach and smaller hips or thighs, then this is the measurement you should be using.
If you’re unsure of where that is, try measuring in a few places where you think you are your widest and use the biggest measurement. The Mona Lucero line is cut generously around the hips (which coincides with most women’s bodies) – which is why they’re so popular. Measure again and write down the measurement. Measuring twice is important!
You will need bust, waist, hip, and length measurements. See directions above to get accurate measurements.
hem length (d. to e. in the diagram)
For the hem length, stand with your back comfortably straight and legs together. Have the person measuring you hold the end of the tape measure at your natural waist (the smallest part where it dips in). Guide the tape measure over the front of your body to where you want the dress hemline.
For a full-length dress, wear the shoes you will wear (or similar height shoes) when measuring, and measure to the spot where you want the hemline to end in relation to your heels. Measuring twice is important!