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!

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

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.

women's-plus-embroidered-sleeveless-dress

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.

women's-crochet-convertible-cover-ups

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.