How successful your shapewear journey will be will heavily depend on wearing the correct shapewear. The only way to truly know that you are in the right garment is to be sure that you adequately take your measurements. Here is a how-to guide to taking your measurements for a variety of shapewear styles. All of the measurements won't be necessary for all styles of shapewear but this is a great place to start.
Taking Your Waist Measurements
Begin by standing in front of a full-length mirror. Being to the side will help you to determine where your natural waist lies. It may seem higher than expected, but your natural waist is approximately 2 inches above your belly button. Using a tape measure, measure comfortably around your midsection. Be sure not to tighten the tape. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit one finger in between.
Taking Your Bust Measurements
In a lightweight, non-padded bra wrap the measuring tape parallel to the floor, measuring directly below your breasts, think along the ribcage. This measurement will be that of your underbust. The underbust measurment is equivalent to your band measurement. Next, you will want to measure the fullest part of your breasts. Be sure not hunch down for this part. This, larger, measurement will determine your cup size. For every inch that your breast measurement exceeds your band measurement is one letter in cup size. SO one inch difference is an A cup, two inches of difference is a B cup, etc. For example, if your underbust measurement is 34 and your bust measurement is 36, your bra size is 34B.
Taking Your Torso Measurements
For many full-body shapers torso measurments are necessary. If you are tall, you may consider sizing up or seeking out custom shapewear. Wearing a shaper that isn't sized right can cause discomfort to the wearer. You may need to enlist some help to get this measurement. Hold the tape measure at your shoulder at the point of your neck, then down the front over the fullest part of your bust, between your legs and up your back, stopping where you began at the neck. This measurement is your torso size.
Taking Your Hip Measurements
Your hip measurement will generally be about 8 to 10 inches below your natural waist. It will be the fullest part of your hips. Be sure to maintain the tape measure parallel to the floor while wrapping it comfortably around the fullest part around your hips. Remember not to pull too tightly.
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