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How to Measure Your Clothes to Ensure the Perfect Fit!

March 12, 2018



Online thrift and consignment shops bring the world of pre-loved and vintage clothing to your fingertips.  You are so excited when you find the item that you've been looking for and you just can't wait to get that package in the mail!  Your package arrives and the item is GORGEOUS and you are like winner, WINNER!  Well, then you have the moment of truth.  You try it on and it doesn't fit---BUMMER!  


This heartache can easily be avoided by knowing your measurements.  Instead of measuring your body you want to measure your clothing.  Find items in your closet that fit you well in the same category as what you are ordering. Example, your fave jeans that don't make your butt look fat or your favorite dress those are the items to measure.  You want to take the item and lay it flat on your bed or the floor and measure seam to seam.  Check out the handy dandy diagram below for where to measure.



Most people focus on their size when shopping for pre-loved items, BUT that absolutely doesn't always work.  Some items run large or small depending on the brand or the cut of that particular item.  You also have to consider that pre-loved clothing has been dry cleaned or washed, so the size may slightly differ. Also, keep in mind some items may have had previous tailoring or alterations.  These differences can save you a bundle because you won't need tailoring yourself OR they can be deal breakers because the item doesn't fit.  The key is to know before you click to "add to cart", will the item fit?!?


Flat measurements are also taken two ways that you'll want to know.  Some clothing is just measured on one side.  Example a shirt that is a size medium with a bust size of 18 has just been measured under the arms seam to seam going across the front.  A measurement of 36 for the same shirt means the front measurement was doubled to account for the total size of the shirt.  Neither way is right or wrong, but just good info to know to get a great fit.  

Style Street Boutique  provides measurements for pre-loved clothing in our online listings, however some online retailers do not provide the info.  If you are hard to fit, please, PLEASE ask the seller for measurements if they aren't available.  It's no fun having to return an item that doesn't fit.  So get out that measuring tape and find your perfect fit online!


Happy Shopping!

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