It happens nearly every time you try on clothes – you are one size in one store and a different size in another store. What’s more, every brand seems to have its own sizing system. So, how can you find the perfect size dress for prom?

It’s completely natural to need a couple of alterations to ensure your dress fits like a glove, but you won’t have to dig too far into your budget if you get an accurate fit from the beginning.

One of the best tips we can give you is to make sure you measure yourself properly to get the correct body measurements before you buy a dress from or other dress retailers online. Below are our tips for getting your measurements right.

  1. Your Height

If you are wearing shoes, be sure to take them off before measuring yourself and stand straight with your feet together. Have someone use a tape measure and begin at the top of your head, pulling the tape tight to the floor. Remember to take your prom shoes into account when you make the final alterations so that your dress doesn’t land up being too long or short.

  1. Your Waist

Locate the smallest part of your waist. This is your natural waist and is found just above the belly button. When measuring, try to keep the tape just a tiny bit loose to allow for breathing room in your dress. You don’t want to arrive at prom feeling like your outfit is suffocating you.

  1. Your Bust

Keep in mind that your bust is not the same as your bra size. Get an unpadded bra and stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your sides. Get someone to measure the fullest part of the bust, with the tape running across the centre of your breasts.

  1. Your Hips

Again, make sure you are standing straight with your feet flat on the floor and close together. Pull your measuring tape across the widest area of your hips. The measuring tape should cross the middle of your hip bones and fall just at the bottom of your buttocks. Overall, the hips are the widest part of your lower body, so make sure you don’t get them confused with your high hip.

Get Ready to Shop

Once you have taken the correct body measurements, you can then explore the different dresses for different body types to make sure your dress really does fit beautifully. If you need assistance, please see the retailer’s contact details.

When you receive your dress, you can take it for alterations, but remember to wear the shoes you are going to wear to prom, be it cute pumps or height-inducing heels.

It’s not difficult to get your measurements right. Just make sure you have someone who can assist as you need to stand up tall and keep your arms relaxed. If you’re still unsure, ask the professionals at the dress shop to help you with your measurements.

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