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How to Measure For a Plus Size Formal Dress

Step One

Take Your Measurements

Use a cloth measuring tape to measure your bust, waist and hips. Avoid a metal tape measure. You won't get accurate results!
- Best to ask a friend, relative or professional tailor to measure you.
- Wrap measuring tape around your body snugly. Be carefully not to make it too tight!
- Write down your measurements or enter as a contact in your cell phone for real convenience.


Measure all the way around the fullest part of your chest over, not under, the bra cups.

Tip: Keep your arms relaxed!


Measure all the way around the narrowest part of your body.

Tip: Measure just above your belly button.


Measure around the fullest part of your lower body.

If you're 5'3" or shorter, measure 6" below your waistline.

If you're 5'4" or taller, measure 7" below your waistline. 

Tip: Stand with your feet and legs together then measure all the way around your body.


What is "hollow-to-hem"? It's the length from the indentation in the front of your neck to the edge of the hem on the skirt of the dress. It will tell you how long the dress will be on your body. 

Tip: Always best to let someone else get this measurement.

Step Two

Check Our Size Chart

Compare your measurements with the bust, waist and hips measurements on the Sydney's Closet size chart. The dress must be large enough to fit you in the bust, waist and hips.

Tip: When measuring for a dress, if any measurement is too small, take a larger size.
Between sizes? Always order the larger one!

SIZE BUST Waist Hips
10 39 34 42
12 41 36 44
14 43 38 46
16 45 40 48
18 47 42 50
20 49 44 52
22 51 46 54
24 53 48 56
26 55 50 58
28 57 52 60
30 59 54 62
32 61 56 64
34 63 58 66
36 65 60 68
38 67 62 70
40 69 64 72

Step Three

Be Size Wise

- Don’t assume you wear the same size in a plus size dress as you do for everyday clothes.

- Sizes for special occasion dresses vary widely depending on the designer.

- Select a dress style that fits and flatters your curves.Focus on fit not size.

- Plan on alterations for a perfect fit.

- Letting out a dress is almost never an option.

- The dress must fit you at three critical points on your body: bust, waist and hips. If even one measurement is too small, the dress won't fit.

- Between sizes? Always take the larger one.