Tips On How To Take Your Own Clothing Measurements At Home

When you’re shopping for clothes online, it’s important to have your most up-to-date body measurements on hand to help you find the perfect fit. At LTD, we’re trying to improve the customer experience by including more specific sizing details for select apparel products. But if you’re going to take advantage of the new sizing details, it definitely helps to have a few crucial clothing measurements to use as a reference point. Find some tips on how to take your own clothing measurements at home in this how-to guide for women’s apparel.

Tips On Taking Your Own Clothing Measurements At Home

Gather Your Measuring Tools

The most important tool you need to take your own measurements is a flexible measuring tape. Flexibility is crucial to finding your exact measurements. It is also a nice tool to have in the house for a variety of other tasks that require measurements on surfaces that aren’t perfectly linear. You’ll even find the flexible measuring tape very helpful for a variety of arts and crafts projects. It’s also important to try to take your measurements in front of a mirror.

Tips for Using Measuring Tape

It might seem obvious, but for most people who haven’t taken their own measurements, it is helpful to know right from the start that it’s easier for certain measurements if you don’t start at zero. It’s easier (and actually more accurate in some cases) to move in just a few inches, record the measurement and then subtract those few inches from the overall total.

Measuring Tip: Remove clothes that will get in the way of taking accurate measurements. But keep wearing clothes that you would wear with the specific garment you’re measuring for. For example, if you’re going to be wearing a bra under the blouse you’re shopping for, take your bust measurement wearing a bra to get the most accurate bust measurement.

Clothing Measurements – How to Measure Bust

When measuring the bust, wrap the tape measure around your back and under your arms. Then pull the tape measure around the most prominent part of the bust. Don’t pull too tight, and also try to make sure that the measuring tape is straight in the back, doesn’t dip, and doesn’t have any tangles that will distort the measurement. When measuring alone, try to do so in front of a mirror so you can check the back and ensure your measuring is level.

Tips On How To Take Your Own Clothing Measurements At Home

Clothing Measurements – How to Measure Waist And Hips

There’s a difference between measuring the waist and measuring the hips. For measuring the waist, wrap the measuring tape around your torso at the bellybutton. If measuring your hips, wrap the measuring tape around your hips at the fullest part of the hip area. The hips are typically a more helpful measurement than the waist when trying to determine the right fit for apparel like pants and capris, while the waist measurement comes in handy if you’re shopping for apparel like summer dresses, including those swing, sheath or maxi dresses.


LTD’s Garment Measurements – Definitions

When shopping for women’s apparel online at LTD, you’ll have access to size charts that will make it easy to compare your own measurements and find the perfect size. Here are the definitions included in the size charts to keep in mind while taking your measurements at home. These measurements include body measurements that you can measure, such as bust, waist and hips, as well as clothing measurements like sweep, length and inseam to help you get a better idea of how the garment is tailored or how it will hang on the body.

Bust is measured at the fullest point of the bust.

Waist refers to the natural waist, which is the narrowest part of the torso, located between the bottom of the rib cage and the navel.

Hip is measured around the fullest part of the hip area.

Sweep refers to the circumference of the bottom hem of the garment. Measure by laying the garment flat and measuring the hem from end to end. Then, double the measurement to get the circumference.

Length is measured from the highest point of the shoulder to the hem of the garment.

Rise is the distance from the middle of the crotch seam to the top of the waistband.

Inseam is the length from the crotch seam to the hem.


Remember to always double or triple-check your measurements to make sure they’re all accurate before you start shopping. Once you have your measurements recorded, you’re all set to start searching for new additions to your spring and summer wardrobe. LTD has an exciting new selection of women’s apparel for the season change. Check out a few of our new dresses, tops, fashion accessories and more to update your wardrobe for less!

4 Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

There’s a reason why one of the most popular symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the four leaf clover. For centuries, the rare little clover has been used as a good luck charm. Known for their “magical” ability to keep evil spirits away and prevent bad luck, four leaf clovers were said to have been carried by Ireland’s Celtic ancestors. It’s even said that the phrase “The Luck of the Irish” refers to the fact that Ireland is home to the most four leaf clovers on the planet. Even though the three-leafed shamrock is the true symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, four leaf clovers have been known to steal the spotlight. While you probably shouldn’t wear the four leaf clover this Friday, you can still learn these 4 fun facts about the good luck charm.

4 Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

Exactly How Rare Are Four Leaf Clovers?

It’s typically said that you have a 1-in-10,000 chance of finding a four leaf clover. This is based on a general scientific estimate. People have actually been known to find several four leaf clovers growing right in their yard or garden, while others have searched many fields without stumbling on a single lucky charm–or worse, picking up the wrong clover.

Of course, in the search for four leaf clovers, some people are just luckier than others. According to Guinness World Records, the current record holder for the most four leaf clovers found is held by Edward Martin Sr, who picked the vast majority of his 111,060 four leaf clovers in Alaska. The record has likely grown. It was last updated in 2007.

What Country Has the Most Four Leaf Clovers?

Many people think the phrase “The Luck of the Irish” stems from the idea that there are more four leaf clovers in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. Such a thing would be difficult to verify, and there definitely have been quite a few lucky charms found in other parts of the globe. More importantly, the term “The Luck of the Irish” doesn’t mean what most people think it means. It actually first appeared in America during the Gold Rush.

Did Abraham Lincoln Carry A Four Leaf Clover?

One of the most popular facts about four leaf clovers is that Abraham Lincoln carried a four leaf clover at all times. According to the popular legend, President Lincoln forgot to bring his good luck charm with him to Ford’s Theatre on the night he was assassinated. He isn’t the only famous leader in history linked to the four leaf clover. It’s also believed that Napoleon luckily avoided an assassination attempt by bending down to pick one.

Where Does That Fourth Leaf Come From?

If you’re wondering why four leaf clovers are so rare, you’d have to look at their genetic traits. According to researchers, the regular three leaf clover (one of hundreds of clover species, and known as Trifolium repens, or the “white clover”) actually possess a gene that allows for a fourth leaf to grow. However, these clovers also have a more dominant gene that thwarts the fourth leaf from sprouting. Only rarely do fourth leaves break free.


Don’t forget to enter LTD’s Lucky Clover Sweepstakes to win a $50 LTD Gift Certificate! The contest will end on 3/19/17, so hurry over and get your entry in before it’s too late.

Vacation Destinations: 10 Beautiful Islands to Visit in the Caribbean

Everyone dreams of taking an island vacation. Every year, millions of tourists from around the world actually turn that dream into reality. For Americans, the islands of the Caribbean offer a nearby paradise that’s easily accessible. Traveling to the Caribbean is also more affordable than many people imagine. But with so many islands to choose from, where do you start? Whether you’re planning a Caribbean cruise or just trying to get a better handle on which island is best for you, take a look at these top ten Caribbean vacation destinations.

Vacation Destinations 10 Islands to Visit in the Caribbean

Barbados

Barbados is the eastern-most island in the Caribbean, so east that it’s considered to be more of an Atlantic island than a Caribbean one. No matter how it’s classified, Barbados is consistently named the number one tourist destination of any island. It’s biggest attraction is its countless beaches surrounded by beautiful, clear water. If you’re in need of rest, relaxation and maybe a little rum, the Barbados beaches will not disappoint.

Unique Feature: Aside from kicking back on the beach with a drink, the second thing many people imagine themselves doing on their Caribbean island vacation is surfing. Barbados is known for being home to some of the best waves in the world, like the famous “Soup Bowl” which attracts pro surfers from around the globe.

The Piton Mountains in St. Lucia

St. Lucia

One of Barbados’ neighbors to the west, St. Lucia has pretty much everything. Its perfect tropical weather is great for catching some sun on the beach, but there’s so much more to explore. The small island is home to a tropical rainforest, numerous waterfalls and the beautiful Piton Mountains. The mountains make it perfect for hiking and seeing the beautiful landscape, as well as more extreme adventure sports like rock climbing.

Unique Feature: One of the most popular tourist attractions on St. Lucia, and in the entire Caribbean for that matter, is the St. Lucia Volcano Tour. Guided tours take you sightseeing through the hot springs and colorful landmarks of the Sulphur Springs It’s one of the few places in the world where you can safely tour a volcano.

Hammock Hanging on a Beach in Aruba

Aruba

This Dutch-governed island is located in the South Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. It’s known for its stunning white sand beaches, refreshing breezes that cool down the sun and keep the temperatures more mild than most of the islands in the Caribbean. Traveling inland, you’ll get a unique Caribbean experience with Dutch-inspired architecture, an eclectic mix of local cuisine and a very different collection of plant life.

Unique Feature: If you’re hoping to get up off the beach chair and get out on the water, there’s arguably no better island than Aruba. Wind on the water from the Atlantic makes it perfect for windsurfing. Aruba is also known as the “wreck-diving capital of the Caribbean” so you can explore sunken ships while scuba diving.

Scuba Diver in Coral Reef in Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire is located off the coast of Venezuela as well. Along with Aruba and Curacao, they make up the ABC islands. Their popularity stems from the fact that they are a few of only several islands in the Caribbean that reside outside the Hurricane Belt. The island itself has one of the most interesting histories. It was occupied by the Spanish, Dutch, British, and even the Germans during WWII. It became a Dutch municipality in 2010.

Unique Feature: Bonaire was one of the first islands to start conserving their coral reefs. As a result, they’re consistently praised for their immaculate diving expeditions. While scuba diving, tourists can view some of the most diverse coral reefs in the world from award-winning instructors who lead experts and beginners.

Willemstad, the Capital City of Curacao

Curacao

Legend has it that Portuguese sailors used this island to recover from scurvy in the 16th century due to the plentiful resources of Vitamin C. The island is often referred to as a miniature European city. Like Bonaire, the island of Curacao has a complicated history and is also a premier diving destination. It’s the largest of the ABC islands, with a bigger population and economy, so it looks and feels less like a tourist destination.

Unique Feature: On an island getaway, it’s great to get off the beach or away from the water for a day. The island of Curacao is home to unique activities on land and even under the land. The Hato Caves lead you through gorgeous limestone caves and underground pools, perfect for adventurers or nature enthusiasts.

Turks and Caicos Blue Water White Sand Beach

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is actually a group of islands at the tail end of the Bahamas. Just a short plane ride from Miami, the beautiful, sunny temperatures that usually hover between 75 and 85 degrees make the islands perfect for sunbathing. With over 40 islands in the chain and hundreds of miles of beaches, it’s not hard to find that perfect patch of beach to call your own island paradise.

Unique Feature: Like Bonaire, Turks and Caicos is known for its awesome scuba diving. This is due to the fact that it’s home to one of the top three largest barrier reefs in the world. The crystal clear water and wide assortment of sea creatures make it ideal for snorkeling, and the spotless white sand is what we all picture when we imagine a classic Caribbean vacation.

Boats off the Coast of St Kitts

St. Kitts and Nevis

This two-island nation is like St. Lucia in its ability to combine the perfect beach vacation with the outdoor adventures of a tropical rainforest. One of the quieter tourist islands in the Caribbean, it is essentially split between the more lively resorts and parties on St. Kitts and the calmer, nature inspired activities on Nevis (which happens to be the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton–his childhood home still offers guided tours).

Unique Feature: If you’re not comfortable trekking into an active volcano, you can skip St. Lucia and take a tour of the dormant volcanoes on St. Kitts and Nevis. Incredible cliffs created by age-old volcanic eruptions can be seen as you’re guided up the mountain, which only increases your spectacular views of the islands.

Lighthouse in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Bermuda might be the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean, but Trinidad and Tobago is by far the wealthiest. The thriving twin islands are also two of the largest in the Caribbean, but not so big that you can’t explore what both islands have to offer. Like Turks and Caicos, these islands have a bit of everything, so if you’re trying to satisfy many different interests from snorkeling to rainforest sightseeing, it’s a safe bet.

Unique Feature: Trinidad and Tobago offers an exciting nightlife unlike any other Caribbean destination. In the popular capital, Port-of-Spain, you can witness and participate in a variety of original musical styles and dances. And if you plan your trip the week before Ash Wednesday, you can experience its famous Carnival.

Waterfall in Dominica

Dominica

If the rainforests of St. Lucia or Trinidad and Tobago piqued your interest, you might want switch your flight to the lesser known island of Dominica. Very proud of its reputation in the Caribbean as the “Nature Island,” Dominica’s breathtaking natural landscape is more than two-thirds rainforest. It’s filled with must-see lakes, rivers, and waterfalls and thousands of different species of plants and animals, perfect for the nature lover.

Unique Feature: Dominica is more than its perfect rainforests. It has diverse European roots, but is also one of the only Caribbean islands with a population of Carib Indians. Tourists interested in learning more about pre-Columbian history can visit the Kalinago Territory to witness their ancestral talents, like canoe-building.

Cueva Ventana in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

As an official U.S. Commonwealth, you don’t even need a passport to visit Puerto Rico. It’s one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, and as expected is home to a multitude of traditional Caribbean vacation activities as well as more specific experiences you can only find in Puerto Rico. It’s known as one of the best culinary destinations in the Caribbean, with world class cuisine as well as can’t-miss local dishes you’ll never forget.

Unique Feature: Some of the beaches literally light up in Puerto Rico. Mosquito Bay and the Bioluminescent Bay are home to micro-organisms affectionately called “dinos” that illuminate the water in an incredible blue glow that you have to see to believe. Just make sure to visit on a night when the moon isn’t shining so bright.


Wherever you plan to spend your spring break or your summer vacation, stock up on your supplies at LTD Commodities. We have everything from beach towels and water toys to beachwear and travel essentials.