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!

5 Iconic Films that Made Major Fashion Statements

Few things make a larger impact on the way we dress than the films we love. Hollywood’s been responsible for some of the biggest cultural fashion shifts of the past century, from elegant ensembles to rebellious outfits and just about everything else you can imagine. From Audrey Hepburn’s famous “Little Black Dress” to Uma Thurman’s edgy style in Pulp Fiction, take a look back at five of the best fashion statements from iconic films.

5 Iconic Films that Made Major Fashion Statements

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

Few outfits in the film world stunned audiences and made a major impact on the future of fashion as Audrey Hepburn’s “Little Black Dress”. The iconic dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy was merely one example of the celebrated collaboration between the Academy Award winner and esteemed fashion designer. Other famous trends inspired by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s include those slightly oversized sunglasses and decadent, elbow-length gloves. Her real dress sold at a charity auction in 2006 for close to a million dollars.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 (Photo from Trailer Screenshot, via Wikimedia Commons)

Annie Hall (1977)

To this day, fashion has never been challenged in any film like it was in Annie Hall. Like Aubrey Hepburn’s “Little Black Dress,” Keaton’s vintage, menswear-inspired outfits wasn’t the first of its kind. Suit-wearing stars like Katherine Hepburn challenged gender norms in fashion a few decades before in daring men’s-inspired suits and accessories. These daring outfits were too ahead of their time to weave their way into pop culture, However, even if Keaton’s fashion statements came at the right moment in time, her stylish ensembles were as original, enjoyable, adventurous, provocative and inspiring as any seen on the silver screen since then.

Blade Runner (1982)

Strange that a science-fiction film appears on a list with Audrey Hepburn and Annie Hall, but to look back at Blade Runner is to see the moment where Sci-Fi fashion shifted from over-the-top and out-of-this-world to a truly fashion-forward analysis of future style. Clashing elements of gritty film-noir fashion with bold style that preceded the inventive ambition of the 80’s fashion scene, Blade Runner arguably paved the way for genre films to influence fashion as more than counter-culture or commentary, giving it a chance in the mainstream.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction‘s edgy style set the tone for the rest of the fashion-flustered 90’s. Truly considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, the only thing more refreshing to mid-90’s audiences than its unique narrative style, mesmerizing plot and original characters was the enticing feeling of the film. A huge component of the mood was created by the understated outfits the characters wore. Whether it was the foreboding black suits of Travolta and Jackson or the simple, throwback style of Uma Thurman, it remains one of the most popular film influences on everyday style, and serves as a welcome reminder that fashion doesn’t have to be flashy.

Atonement (2007)

With so many of the most memorable fashion statements being made in biopics and period pieces during the last couple decades, it’s hard to point to a film that does more for fashion than highlight a vintage style and present it in a different light. That’s why Keira Knightley’s unforgettable emerald dress in Atonement is so unique. In recent year’s it’s made many shortlists for “Best Movie Costume of All Time,” an achievement that may have a lot to do with the fact that the film’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, drew inspiration from several different decades, designing an outfit truer to the character herself than the exact time period.


Find new favorite outfits for spring and summer with stylish apparel, jewelry, fashion accessories and more at LTD Commodities. And feel free to add to this list with your favorite film fashions in the comments below.

LTD Update: New Size Charts for Women’s Apparel

At LTD, our Women’s Apparel team is always working hard to help you find the perfect fit. In addition to our current Women’s Apparel Size Charts provided on online product pages, selected garments in our newest Spring Catalog, as well as select apparel products in the future, will feature even more details to guide you to a better fit. Learn more about the new size charts, or start shopping to check out the details for yourself!

New Garment Measuring Details

Current Size Chart for Women’s Apparel

Here is the current women’s apparel size chart that can be found on many women’s apparel product pages. As you likely know, each size is represented from Small (6/8) to 3X (26/28) with measurements for the Bust, Waist and Hips. The new size chart will include measurements such as Sweep & Length. In addition, each new size chart will provide measurement instructions to help you get your personal measurements at home.

Size Chart for Women's Apparel


Where Can You Find the New Size Charts?

Apparel items that include a new size chart will feature a thumbnail image on the product page. If there is no thumbnail image on the product page, please use the original size chart located by the “Add to Cart” button.

Where to Find Our New Size Charts for LTD Commodities


What Details Are Included in the New Size Charts?

The new details will be specific to the garment you’ve selected. For example, new measurements provided for the Women’s Vintage Wash Smocked Waist Dress include Sweep and Length. These terms are defined beneath the garment measurements, and include instructions to help you find your measurements at home.

New Changes to LTD's Women's Apparel Size Charts


What Are Some Products With New Size Charts?

Check out the new size charts right now in our 2017 Spring Catalog by clicking on any of the apparel items below, and look forward to finding these new size charts on select women’s apparel from this point forward.

Women's Sleeveless Lace TunicsWomen's Plus Sunny Day Tank TopsWomen's Light and Airy Sleep Sets

Love Your Clothes: Tips to Take Care of Your Spring Wardrobe

We’re not even halfway through winter, but most of us are already dreaming of spring. Sometimes it helps to get ahead on our spring planning. Winter organizing and home improvement projects are great for keeping our minds occupied and helping us get our home’s in shape for the warmer months, but it’s a lot more fun to start assembling spring wardrobes, and equally important to make sure we’re taking good care of these new additions. Get a few tips to take better care of your spring wardrobe and explore new LTD apparel additions.

Love Your Clothes: Tips to Take Better Care of Your Spring Wardrobe

Create An Efficient Closet

When we think of extending the life of our clothes, we rarely consider the place where they spend the most time–the closet. Whether on hangers, in drawers or atop shelves, the way we store our clothes can have a major impact on their longevity. Make sure every article of clothing is hanging on the proper type of hanger, that drawers and shelves are clean, fresh and free of dust, and that the closet itself has access to fresh air.

Hanger Solutions6 Tier Storage Shoe RackSet of 10 Nonslip Colorful Hangers

Rethink Your Laundry Room

Aside from the closet, the laundry room is where your clothes spend most of their time. It’s easy to forget the basics or cut corners when we’re washing, drying, folding and ironing our clothes, especially if we’re doing the job for the entire family. If you haven’t in awhile, consider updating everyday items like hampers or totes, laundry bags or old ironing boards, and never forget to thoroughly clean your washer and dryer regularly.

Hang and Dry RackQuality Monogram Utility TotesWoolite 6 Piece Mesh Wash Bag Set

Invest In Quality Clothes

No clothes will last forever, and the lives of most clothes can be extended if we care for them properly, but the entire process is so much easier if we invest in quality clothes the first time. It’s better to splurge on the elegant dress you’ve had your eye on that will last several years rather than having to update every year. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have quality clothes, like these new spring looks from LTD.

Women's Embellished Tunic SweatersWomen's Flowy Knit Swing TopsWomen's Extended Size Set of 2 Lace Layering Tops

Style for Every Season

It takes some time to build our wardrobes. For many years, those of us aspiring to do so have to get by with what we have, exposing our favorite outfits to more wear and tear over time. Even though it can be hard to tell, there is a difference between having too many clothes and having the right amount of clothes for each season. Build your spring wardrobe this season, and look forward to warm weather with summery options.

Women's Cover-Up Swing DressesWomen's or Women's Plus Sporty CaprisWomen's Border Print Maxi Dress

Fall Fashion: Assemble Your Brand New Outfit

The summer season is coming to an end. Soon it will be time to put away swim gear, shorts and sunglasses and start digging out sweaters, slouchy hats and scarves. Most of us haven’t put away our spring wardrobes and plan to use many of the same pieces of apparel for the colder fall months. However, fall fashion is much different from spring fashion in terms of materials, colors, cuts and accessories. Check out some of our new women’s fall fashion favorites for the upcoming season to save big while assembling some autumn outfits.

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Fall Sweaters, Skirts & Ponchos
Women’s Embellished Tunic Sweaters
Women’s and Plus-Size Flowy Knit Skirts
Women’s Button-Up Neck Sweater Poncho

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Autumn Essentials for Extra Warmth & Comfort
Sets of 3 Button Knit or Slouch Hats
Women’s Printed Fleece-Lined Leggings
Women’s Genuine Suede Moccasins

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Fashion Accessories to Accent Fall Outfits
Leatherette Studded Owl Crossbody Bags
Stone Mountain Leather Totes or Hobos
Leather Zip-Around Wallets

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Trending Bracelets, Charm Necklaces and Watches
Heartstring Stretch Bracelets
Floating Charm Locket Necklaces
Leather Charm Bracelet Watches

Fourth of July Fashion Statements

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get started on your Fourth of July plans. Not only do you have to figure out what you’re going to do, you have to figure out what you’re going to wear. LTD has a selection of apparel in red, white and blue, as well as some truly festive fashion statements. Whether you’re going to a barbecue or watching fireworks with friends and family, turn some heads with these Fourth of July fashion statements.

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Enjoy your summer in style with this Women’s Plus Embroidered Sleeveless Dress. The lightweight dress keeps you cool on hot, humid days. Bleached designs and embroidery embellish the V-neck and high/low hemline. Its flowing fit skims the body for a flattering look. Lengths, 46″, 47″ and 49″. Rayon. Imported.

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Wear this Women’s Crochet Convertible Cover-Up as a dress at the beach watching fireworks or as a skirt at a barbecue. This flowing piece has a smocked bodice with an elastic band at the top and a lined crochet skirt. Wear bodice around your waist for a bohemian look. Lengths, 28″, 29″, 30″ and 31″. Cotton. Imported

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RED WHITE & BLUE
Add a bold pop of blue to your Fourth of July outfit with this Nautical Endless Loop Scarf. The infinity loop design is easy to drape for perfect style every time, and the nautical anchor accents add a summery touch that’s perfect for pairing with a variety of outfits after the Fourth is over. 33-1/2” x 36”. Polyester. Imported.

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Stars & Stripes
The Oversized Patriotic Fashion Scarf adds a fun touch to your Fourth of July outfit. It features a stylish pattern you can coordinate with numerous outfits. It’s larger than typical scarves, so you can wear it in a variety of ways. Makes a versatile accessory to add to your collection. 40″W x 80″L. Polyester. Imported.

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Our Country Crossbody
The front of this Fringe Crossbody Bag is decorated with eye-catching overlapping layers of fringe with an American design. It has a full zipper closure and an adjustable strap. The interior is fully lined with an open and zipper pocket. 9″W x 1″D x 10-1/4″H, with an adjustable 12-1/2″ to 24-1/2″ strap drop. PVC. Imported.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week to Keep You Snug

It’s October — we hate to say goodbye to sunny days by the pool and warm nights on the patio, but we LOVE to say hello to autumn! With the brisk days we’ve seen so-far, we know it’s just a taste of the wintry days ahead. That said, we’re gravitating to all-things cozy so we put together a list of things we can’t wait to cuddle up in. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week to Keep You Snug.luxurious-loungewear

Calm & Cozy Lounge in comfort with this Women’s Luxurious Plush Loungewear. The 2-Pc. Pajama Set features stylish polka dot pants and a pullover V-neck top with rib knit trim. An elastic waistband with drawstring provides a comfortable fit. The ultra cozy Plush Robe features a removable belt that is held in place with loops, and an inner tie ensures a secure fit. Keep your hands warm in the 2 front patch pockets. disneys-frozen-tapestry-throw

Snug, Never Frozen Cuddle your favorite Frozen fan in this adorable Disney’s Frozen Tapestry Throw! Filled with rich and vibrant color, it features characters from the movie. Looks great draped on a child’s bed or over the arm of a chair or sofa. Fringed on all 4 sides. 48″ x 60″. mens-jacket-camo-chest-wrmer

Comfy Camo This full-zip men’s jacket has a second full-zip chest warmer panel in a coordinating camo print for extra warmth. The relaxed-fit jacket features two pockets with camo print trim and a drawstring hood lined with the same camo. Has ribbed knit cuffs and waist. Cotton and polyester.camo-fleece-set

Cozy Camo Toddlers’ Camouflage Fleece Set will keep your little one warm and cozy while they play outdoors on cool days. The zip-up jacket has a hood and 2 front pockets. The matching pants have an elastic waistband for an easy fit. Both pieces are accented with the same solid color.velvet-throw

Cushy Covers Incredibly soft and comfortable, this 50″ x 60″ Plush Micro-Velvet Throw is a great gift everyone will enjoy. The luxurious throw adds an extra layer of warmth to wherever you’re lounging. Its silky feel makes it even cozier.

 

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Tailgate Parties

Are you ready for some football?! LTD is! With football season ahead, we have a lot of party-planning to do. If you have a few tailgating parties on the calendar, it might be time to get started on your planning as well. To make it easy, we put together a list of items we think you’d like to have at your football party. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Tailgate Parties.Football-steeler-flag

Mark Your Territory Make a bold statement about your favorite NFL team any time of day or night with this spirited garden flag. Bright fiber-optic lights embedded into the nylon fabric illuminate your team’s logo on one of the sides. Double-sided graphics make sure it reads correctly no matter how you hang it. Included timer automatically turns it on for 8 hours and off for 16 hours. Hidden in a waterproof, fabric-magic pocket, the timer easily sets and resets with the touch of a button. Fits your own standard garden pole. Can be displayed indoors, too.game-day-skincare

Weather Protection You’ll be prepared for anything when you head to the stadium with an NFL Game Day Skin Care set. It’s a handy collection of items that feature your favorite team’s logo on each bottle or tube. The products are gender neutral so they can be used by both men and women. Bottles have a convenient hanging loop for easy attachment to backpacks, belt loops, and more.collegiate-can-cooler

Brisk Beverages Keep your drink cold while you enjoy it with a Collegiate Freezable Can Cooler. It features your favorite NCAA team’s colors and has the logo prominently displayed on the front. Each lightweight cooler has water inside it that, when frozen, helps your beverage stay ice cold. Fits snugly around the can and has a rubberized plastic bottom so it won’t slip or scratch surfaces.ltd-football-scarf

Spirited Scarves Show your team spirit with an officially licensed NFL Reversible Infinity Scarf. This reversible scarf features both team colors, one on each side. Prominently adorning each side is a bold square patch of the team name and logo.nfl-serving

Bowl Backing NFL Gameday Sculpted Bowl is the only way to serve up chili, soup or dip at your party! Durable 23-oz. bowl has raised details on the exterior with your team’s logo on each side and a glazed finish. Double handles make it easy to carry. Ceramic. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Football is another excuse to throw a party and we love parties at LTD! From holiday cocktail parties to celebrating in stadium parking lots, look to LTD to make your fall parties fabulous.

6 Ideas for Upcycling Your Old Sweaters

Less than a month until spring and we’re ready for the new season — even if the cold weather isn’t ready to go quite yet. Spring cleaning is underway and the first things to go — as soon as the weather permits — is that big bag of sweaters. But before you decide to give send them off to the thrift store, consider getting a little more use out of them in another form. Here are 6 ideas for upcycling your old sweaters.

sweater-blanketBlanket While your sweaters may be taking up too much closet space, you can never have too many blankets! Right now is the perfect time to get started on projects to get ready for next winter. Seamstress Erin has an excellent, detailed tutorial on how you can spin your old sweaters into a new throw!

sweater-bootsLeg Warmers Here’s an easy-peasy way to make use of that sweater you desperately want to replace: leg warmers! The Farmer’s Nest has a super-cute, super-easy, fashion-forward tutorial to take the sleeves of your sweater to add flair to your boots. With the weather ahead, you might be able to use these now for your rain boots! And, as a bonus, she has a quick how-to on using the rest of the sweater to make a throw pillow cover.

Mittens Here’s a favorite for LTD — because we’re in Chicago, our winters are brutal and there are never enough mittens or gloves to keep up with the cold weather. The Renegade Seamstress gives stitch-by-stitch instructions on making super-snug mittens out of that favorite sweater you don’t want to let go of… but have to give up. Armed with this pattern, you will never run out of mittens!

sweater-bagShoulder Bag Get ready to start crossing off people on your Christmas list now! With an old sweater, you can make a stylish shoulder bag that costs little to nothing to make with an old sweater. Sweet Grace takes you through the steps to create a one-of-a-kind bag that so awesome you’ll want to keep it for yourself, but it’s a secret you’ll want to share. The trick to what makes this idea so fashionable is that it’s felted. That means, if you want to make this exact bag, the sweater you use has to be made of 100% wool (this one is alpaca wool).

 

sweater-heartsSweethearts Of course your upcycled sweaters don’t necessarily have to be wearable. Jess from If Only They Would Nap made her old sweaters into adorable felted hearts. She hangs them from a branch, but there are other ways you can use them: wedding shower or party favors, stocking or Easter basket stuffers, bunting for Valentine’s Day, or everyday decor.

sweater-slippersSlippers Here’s another idea to get started on for next winter: slippers! Kat at We Can Re-Do It put together an easy, step-by-step tutorial magically transform a striped sweater into adorable striped slippers. Comfy and cozy for cold nights — these will come in handy especially if next winter is anything like this winter or last winter!

Upcycling sweaters is just one of the things we’re thinking about here at LTD! Keep checking back on our blog and the website for more products and ideas to get your home projects started.

4 Fun Ways To Decorate A Locker

lockerA locker is a student’s room away from home. It is a small bit of personal space you visit throughout the day, and it is a prime place for you to show off your own style. Personal expression aside, a decorated locker is easier to keep organized to keep you on track so you make it to class on time. Here are 4 fun ways to decorate a locker:

Clean It The first step is to start with a clean locker. Then, check on the school’s locker policy before purchasing accessories. Some allow students to do everything up to painting lockers, while others permit little to no personalization. If your school has a policy, it should be in the student handbook or just ask an administrator.

Light It Up While the school’s hallways are well-lit, the lockers in those hallways can be dark caves. Put some light in there and it will be easier to find the right books and supplies in a hurry. Battery operated LED candles can go almost anywhere and they”re designed for energy efficiency. For extra bling, use string lights to dazzle your locker. You can even coordinate the light with a curtain that hangs over the locker opening.

locker2Magnetic Personality The metal walls and doors of lockers practically beg to be covered with refrigerator magnets. Funny ones or inspirational ones, they can hold up personal pictures, to-do lists or best online casino reminders to help you get you through the day.

Artwork and Photos The quickest way to personalize a locker is to fill it with pictures. Print and hang up single Instagram photos of friends, or create a big collage. Tuck in some magazine clippings, artwork, postcards, and mini posters. Don’t forget to save space for your own creations, too. Sports and trading cards are a cool touch, as well.

 

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Organizers, Mirrors and Magnets A mirror on the inside of the locker door will give you a place to primp in between classes and list pads and small wall bins help with organization.  Bins provide catch-all storage for pens, pads, art supplies, and more.Nothing is too heavy to put on a locker door; keep everything secured with inspirational magnets or double-sided foam tape. Add shelves to multiply the space for books, but they can also be a good place to hold your gym bag. 

However you decide to decorate your space, remember the decor is a reflection of you. Make it personal and it will be a welcome picture during your breaks between classes.