To make sure your shoppers purchase the correct size of a skirt and do not return the garment, it is important to provide them with as many measurements as needed.

To help them choose the correct size, you can use a free sizing solution such as Sizefox, which can be quickly added to your product pages and provides accurate size recommendations based on the inputs of your shoppers.

Sizefox also allows you to create sleek size charts, which can also support the shopper in making the correct size choice.

In this article, we will clarify how to measure a skirt and which are the basic measurements to take into consideration. For a full overview on how to take measurements on a model, please refer to this body measurement guide, while you can refer to this article if you want to learn how to measure clothes.

Depending on the model of the skirt, you will need to take into consideration more measurements. For example, for a circular skirt or a gathered skirt with panels it might make sense to specify the total bottom width of the open garment.

But first things first: make sure you place the skirt on a flat surface and that any wrinkles present on the garment are smoothened out. To proceed with the measurement, you can use both a soft measuring tape or a ruler.

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How to measure skirt waist

To measure skirt waist (also called waistband), take the measurement flat across the top of the skirt from left to right and multiply x2 to get the circumference. This finished garment measurement corresponds to the waist body measurement.

How to measure skirt length

This is the overall length of the skirt, measured from the string or waistband down to the required hem length. Please note that this corresponds exactly to the inseam measurement of the skirt.

How to measure hip size on skirt

This corresponds to the hip measurement used in body measurements, and should correspond the point of maximum width of the hips, usually measured 21 cm from the waistline. 

After flattening out the item, measure a straight line across the largest point of the garment, and multiply x2 to get the circumference.

How to measure yourself for a skirt

As you can understand from the measurements used in the previous paragraph, in the case of skirt basic measurements, the finished garment measurements correspond to the body ones. If you want to explain your shoppers how to measure themselves for a skirt, here some indications:

Waist circumference

This measurement should be taken at the narrowest point of the trunk, usually above the belly button keeping the tape parallel to the floor.

Hip circumference

This measurement is taken with the measurement tape parallel to the floor, at the point of maximum projection of the buttocks.

Skirt length

The length of the skirt should be the distance between the waist (measured as per above description) and the projected final length of the skirt.

How to measure a skirt, tips and reminders 

  • Make sure the skirt is always positioned on a hard, flat surface, and the wrinkles present in the garment are perfectly smoothened out.
  • If you are measuring a skirt to include the measurements in a size chart, make sure you always specify you are using finished garment measurements. Also keep in mind that most of your shoppers will be considering body measurements when purchasing online, therefore we suggest you use the latter for your size charts.
  • Even though we suggest always using a measurement tape, you can also use a ruler if the first is not available.
  • Try to be as precise as possible. Since measurements such as hip and waist will need to be doubled, even a  ¼ inch could make a difference.
  • A great fit is what prevents your shoppers from returning the garment. Make sure you always add a sizing solution such as Sizefox to your ecommerce website, to provide accurate recommendations and increase your conversion rates.

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