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How to Measure Yourself for that Perfect Plus Size Fit: Plus Size Measurement's Guide

By Hilary Brown

It can be frustrating to spend time selecting and purchasing your Plus Size Clothing only to find out the clothes do not fit properly. Hopefully, this Measurements Guide will help you get that perfect fit from your plus size apparel, swim wear or lingerie. You will need a standard measuring tape. If your measurements show that you are between two sizes, buy the larger size.

Bust - With a bra on and your clothes off, measure around the fullest part of bust and under the arms. Keep the tape straight across your back.

Waist - While in a relaxed position, measure around the narrowest part of your natural waist. Keep the tape somewhat snug, but still comfortably loose.

Hips - Stand with your legs and feet together and measure around the fullest part of your hips.

Inseam - Measure from the crotch point to your ankle bone. Or using a pair of your pants that fit you well, lay them flat with the front and back creases together. Measure from crotch seam to bottom of the leg hem along the inside seam.

Sleeve - Bend the elbow and measure from the center of the back of the neck to the elbow and down to the wrist.

Bra Measurements - There are two measurements you will need to make: Band Size and Cup Size.

Band Measurement - There are two ways to measure this and you should come up with the same result with both:

Measure around the top of your breasts. Go under your arms, high on your back and around the top of your chest. If this measurement is an even number, then this is your band size. If it is an odd number, then add 1 to determine your band size.


Pull a tape measure snugly around your ribcage, directly under the breast. If the measurement is below 33, add 5 to determine your Band Size. If the measurement is above 33, add 3 to determine your Band Size. (i.e. if the measurement is 29", the back size is 34; if the measurement is 35", the back size is 38).

Cup Size Measurement - With your bra on, measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust. Subtract your band measurement from your cup measurement (each inch is a cup size). For example, if your band measurement is 34 and your cup measurement is 36", then the difference between these measurements is two inches, and you would wear a B-cup.

Important: Please refer to the individual websites sizing chart to determine the appropriate ordering size. Individual websites sizing charts may differ slightly. Bra sizes may also vary slightly from one manufacturer to the next. For more information on Plus Size Clothing, visit

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