We have used these sizing guidelines while measuring our clothes. You can follow these guidelines and get a more accurate estimate of the outfit that will be a right fit. If you are in doubt use a garment that fits you well and follow the instructions to measure that and compare with the outfit you want to buy.
Start by using a standard tailor’s tape measure, or even a piece of string. If all you have is a ruler, don’t lay it directly on the garment. It’s hard to get accurate measurements this way. Instead, use a piece of string or ribbon to measure the garment, and then measure that with the ruler.
For any garment, lay it open on a flat surface. It is important keep to the garment and measuring tape taut to get an accurate reading.
Bust: Measure straight across the back, from the armpit to armpit. Now, measure across the bust in the front, from armpit to armpit. Add both these numbers to get the bust measurement
Waist for salwar kameez and long lehenga tops: The waist is measured 5-6” below the chest. It is usually the smallest part of the kameez or top. Measure the front from end to end and then double the number.
Waist for lehenga’s-choli and saree blouse: For the “choli” short tops and saree blouses we measure the upper waist at the bottom of the choli or blouse. Measure from end to end and then double the number.
Waist for lehenga and skirts: The lehenga will usually fit right around the belly button. Measure the top of the lehenga from end to end and then double the number.
Hip: The hipline at about 3” below the belly button. Measure from end to end and then double the number.
Length for lehenga top/choli or kurta: The length is measured at the middle of the back, from the top of the shoulder to the hemline.
Length for lehenga or salwar: The length is measured from the waist to the hemline