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Clothes Shopping: Finding The Right Fit

Knowing your proper size can sometimes be a bit difficult. Not only do sizes change from store to store, which, leaves you with a closet full of several varying sizes, but if you do any international shopping, the sizing charts are completely different!  So, knowing your size comes in handy to make sure you don’t end up having to pay additional shipping to exchange it. But with a few simple steps, you’ll be ready to face the shopping scene from anywhere you can get internet access—leaving you with one less thing to worry about when it comes down to your shopping cart.
Here’s what you need: A cloth tape measure. If you have a small sewing kit, you probably have one in there. Otherwise, you can pick one up at your local drugstore or craft store for less than $5. All of this, plus a full-length mirror.
What to wear and do: Wear lightweight clothes or undressed (in your underwear though).  Keep your arms at your side and have a friend or family member take the measurements. For the best results: stand tall and don’t slouch! Also, pull the tape measure snug but not too tight, otherwise you’ll be giving yourself the wrong size!
Bust: Place the end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrapping it around your shoulder blades and under your armpits.
Waist: Find your natural waistline and measure. Now, here’s a great place that a lot women like to cheat on with their numbers. But don’t forget—no one will ever ask you: “how big is your waist?” So, it’s a pointless area to lie on.
Hip: Measure the fullest part of your hip; this is usually 7-9 inches below your waist line.
Bra sizes: Wear a comfortable bra for this part. First, measure your ribcage right below the breast.
*If the number is 33 or less, add 5 inches to that number and that’s your bra size.
*If the number is over 33 inches add 3 inches to that number and that’s your bra size.
Then, measure your bust from the fullest part, like you did for the bust. Take the number you get from that and subtract the ribcage number from the fullest bust portion number. The difference between the two numbers will show you what cup size you need.
Here’s a great chart to help you out:
AA- 1/2″
A- 1″
B- 2″
C- 3″
D- 4″
DD or E- 5″
F- 6″
G- 7″
Finding your true size is great for not only your own knowledge, but for friends and family too, especially with the Christmas season coming up. So, now you should hopefully know how to properly figure out your size. Stay beautiful and in the know, Belles!


About Rachel Kadavy

A young and upcoming journalist with a passion for fashion. I write short stories, sing, act and read for hobbies. You can usually find me sitting in the back corners of local Starbucks sipping my center-of-the-sun hot Americano (with soy and a short of hazelnut!) typing away on my beloved laptop with the latest copy of Vogue or Cosmopolitan. I also enjoy waking up early to watch the sunrise and to go for early morning strolls if I can pull myself away from my comfy window seat.

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