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.

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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

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

Interesting Olympic Facts to Get You Ready for the Games

Olympic athletes train their entire lives for one race, one game, one moment. But you don’t have to put in a lifetime of work to catch up on your Olympic facts. Read on to train your brain for the opening ceremony.

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Before You Watch: Key Facts About the 2016 Rio Olympics
The 2016 Olympic Games have been knee-deep in controversy since the beginning. With the Zika Virus, athletes dropping out, teams being banned and unhygienic water, it can be difficult to figure out what you need to know as a humble viewer. Get caught up before the opening ceremony with these lighter key facts.

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Olympic Fashion from Over a Century of Competition
The modern Olympics began in 1896, more than 1,500 years after the previous Olympics. Clothes worn by the competitors were obviously different, but the changes were small compared to the changes between 1896 and 2016. Learn about the changes in sports apparel over the last 120 years with these fashion facts.

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How to Organize Backyard Olympics for Kids
Let the Rio Olympics serve as the inspiration for your own Olympic celebration with fun activities that are almost guaranteed to spark some friendly competition. Get water bottles ready, choose your teams and lace up the gym shoes. Here are five tips on how to plan backyard Olympics for kids who can’t wait to compete.

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Eat Like an Olympian: How Athletes Fuel Up for Competition
Being an Olympic athlete requires a high level of discipline when it comes to dieting. Training diets are much different from the diets Olympians use once they reach the Games. Take a break from your healthy cookbook and learn more about race day diets, or learn a few tricks that can help improve your workouts.

7 Ways to Wear a Scarf

scarf tiesScarfs aren’t just to keep us warm these days. They can add a lot to an outfit and can be worn in many different ways. With tons of materials, patterns, and colors to choose from, scarf wearing is now a year-round trend! Here are seven ways to get the most out of your new scarf.

1) Infinity Knot

This one is perfect for both warm scarves and also various long fashion scarves. Begin with the scarf folded in half and place it around your neck. Put one arm of the scarf through the loop, then twist the loop a couple of times to the left, the end of the scarf should be hanging down. Put the other scarf through the top of the loop and let it hang, and you?re done! Once you master this scarf knot, you?ll be happy to use it for just about any long scarf.

2) Scarf Bow?

Place the scarf behind your neck and check that both sides are even, and then simply tie it the same way you learned to tie your shoes, or any bow! It will be loose and a little floppy, depending on how soft or stiff your scarf is.

3) Layered Knot

This is perfect for a lightweight fashion scarf, as it is high on your neck. Put the scarf around your throat so the ends hang in back. Wrap the ends around to the front and loosen the front section. Tie the ends in a loose knot, and cover with the section around your neck.

4) Belt Accessory

You can brighten up your boring brown or black belt with a twist of color by wrapping your scarf around the belt after you put it on. Secure the belt into place, then wrap the scarf as loosely or tightly around the belt as you like. Leave the ends long, continue wrapping, or tie them together in a bow.

5) Headband

There?s really not much difference between a fashion scarf and a loose headband, so spruce up your ?do with this elegant style. This look is good for ladies with lots of hair, especially on bad hair days. Bunch up your hair in a messy bun and wrap a colorful scarf around the base, where the bun meets your scalp. Tuck it into your hair tie or bobby pins as much and as tightly as you like, or tuck it a little and pull the edges loose for a messy look.

6) Fake Tie Knot

The fake tie knot is a really unique way to wear a scarf. It looks almost like a tie, but it?s not. It?s a scarf. Tie a loop at one end of your scarf, but leave it kind of loose. Run the other end of the scarf around your neck and through the loop and tighten!

7) Knotted Shawl

This is another great way to wear a scarf as a something other than a scarf! This shawl style works best for large scarves and pashminas, as it will be wrapped around your arms. Put the scarf around your shoulders just like a shawl, then wrap the ends below your arms and tie a knot behind your back. Pull the knot up high and the loose outside down low and you?ve got yourself a shawl!

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Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks For The Week

why limit happy to one hourAnother week is over and it is finally time for the weekend! We think Fridays should be reserved for fun and relaxation, which is why we’re highlighting the perfect happy hour essentials for Friday happy hour at home. You don’t have to get dressed up; you don’t have to worry about crowded bars, and you don’t even have to put on real pants! Change out of those uncomfortable shoes immediately and kick up your feet for a fun happy hour at home. Now’s the time to send the invitation around to your favorite happy hour crew and have them join you at home for a relaxing night with your favorite friends.

Frosted Fun Stem-Less Wine Glasses

Stems make your glass look classy and elegant, all while trying to disguise the fact that you’re going to down that Chardonnay long before it gets warm. Ditch the stem and opt for these fun stem-less wine glasses instead. They’ve got great phrases like, ‘Why limit happy to one hour?’ and “Drinks well with others.’ The frosted sheen is perfect for hiding drying water droplets so you don’t have to worry about polishing them before placing them out on the table. They’re also great for serving fruit juice on the rocks and soda for the drivers.

Prescription Bottle Kooler

We love these great novelty coolers for keeping your beer cold and the mood light. Perfect for hiding a cheap-o bottle of beer, or for enhancing the humor of any beer you’ve got! We love the Prescription Bottle cooler, because self-medicating is what happy hour is all about, but you can grab the whole set of four and let your guests decide.

Playing Card Set Tin

Start up a friendly game of cards with The King himself this weekend using these great playing cards. Go ahead and make up a drinking game, or just play a few rounds of everyone’s favorite poker game. You deserve the opportunity to unwind with a little interesting competition.

Can Dispenser Shelves

If things are getting really out of hand on Friday, you’re sure to run out of classy wine and bottled beer. You might want to grab a box of wine just in case, and you’re definitely going to need back-up cans of beer. Well, what better way to keep those cans of beer cold than nestled together in the fridge on these can dispenser shelves? And, if you’ve got a few designated drivers in the bunch, this is a good place to store the soft drinks for the sober ones.

Party Snacks Cookbook

No happy hour is complete without the right spread of delicious snacks, and we recommend checking out this Party Snacks Cookbook for some great ideas at a bargain! With great snack-attack selections like stuffed mushrooms and veggie quesadillas to BLT bites and sweet peanut butter cup popcorn, you’ll never want to leave the house for happy hour again! (And, if you’re a guest for an at-home happy hour, all of these Party Snacks recipes travel well!)

Hors D’oeuvres Baking Set

Last but not least, you can make anything into fun bite-sized happy hour snacks with this great hors d’oeuvres baking set. Make your own little brownies, mini muffins, baked Brie bites, or stuffed spinach-artichoke sliders for your happy hour get-together. Everyone will love the tiny hors d’oeuvres and this baking set makes preparation a breeze! Now get outta here and enjoy your Friday!