How to Take Your Body Measurements

Most women have a good idea what their measurements are, but rather than assume you know, get an accurate measurement using these tips.

The process of getting your body measurements is simple. For example, knowing how to measure waist and hips is common knowledge, but some women do not know exactly where to start/stop the measurement for a more accurate result.

Pro Tip: When taking these measurements, use a cloth tape measure, not a metal one. Make sure that, when you circle your chest, waist, or hips, the tape is level and neither too tight nor too loose. Also measure yourself on your bare skin, not over clothes. And this may sound silly, but don’t trust your memory — be sure to write the measurements down!

Before You Take Your Measurements

  • Wear fitted clothing or no clothing at all if you can.
  • Stand with feet together and body relaxed for all the measurements.
  • Use a flexible, inelastic tape measure. A cloth measuring tape is a good option or you could use one specifically made for taking body measurements, such as the MyoTape Body Tape Measure.
  • Take your measurements at least twice and take the average of both measurements to get your final numbers.

How to Take Your Measurements

For all measurements, pull the tape measure so that it sits on the surface of the skin, but doesn’t compress the skin.

It’s a great idea to take your measurements first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Every time you retake your measurements, take them at the same time, under the same circumstances so you can trust the results.

How to Measure Your Body

  • Waist: Find your natural waist or the narrowest part of the torso.
  • Hips: This is the widest part of your glutes. Try looking in a mirror while standing sideways. Make sure the tape is parallel to the floor.
  • Chest: Stand with feet together and the torso straight and find the widest part around your bust.
  • Abs: Stand with feet together and torso straight but relaxed and find the widest part of your torso, often around your bellybutton.
  • Arms: Stand up straight with the arm relaxed and find the midpoint between the shoulder bone and the elbow of one arm.
  • Thighs: The midpoint between the lower part of the glutes and the back of the knee, or the widest part of the thigh.
  • Calves: Halfway between the knee and the ankle.