When creating your skirt size chart, you need first of all to decide which kind of measurements you will use. Even though it is easier for a manufacturer or a fashion ecommerce owner to use finished garment measurements, keep in mind that your shoppers will most likely consider their own body measurements when shopping online and checking your product size charts.
For this reason, we suggest you use body measurements or at least specify which type of measurements are included in the chart.
Keep in mind that most of the finished garment measurements correspond to a specific body measurement, (at least the basic ones such as waist, chest and hip circumference) but finished garment measurements will obviously be slightly larger to provide the shopper with the maximum comfort when wearing the item.
If you need to provide indications to your shoppers on how to take body measurements, you can refer to this article.
If your fashion ecommerce is targeting different markets, it makes sense to use a unit conversion chart with the local measurements, as not everyone is familiar with the US sizing system.
Women’s Skirt Size Chart
For a skirt size chart, the basic body measurements to use are the following ones:
Waist circumference: measurement taken with the tape kept parallel to the floor, at the narrowest point of the trunk above the belly button.
Hips circumference: this measurement is taken at the point of maximum projection of the buttocks, always making sure to keep the tape parallel to the floor.
Length: this measurement is taken on the body of the model from the waist down until the projected end of the garment, keeping the measurement tape perfectly perpendicular to the floor. For the finished garment measurement, start from the top of the waistline (included) and measure straight until the hem.
As with pants and dresses, you will need to specify the length for each size. This can be added directly to the same size chart you are using for waist and hip circumference, or create a separate size chart for the length in case you offer the same size in different lengths.
Here you can see an overview of the most common skirt styles. As you know, each different style has its own peculiarities, and for this reason you will need to add different measurements on top of the basic ones, for each different style.
For a pleat skirt for example, you might want to specify the depth of the opening. This will be especially important for the similar model, the classic pencil skirt, which is supposed to be worn tight around the body.
For A-line skirts, as well as circular and gathered skirts, specifying the width of the bottom will help the shopper understand the final effect of the item on their body type.
If the skirt follows the latest trends and sports a high/mid rise, try to add the length of the rise in the size chart, important especially for petites.
Tips for creating a size chart
- Try to add as many measurements as necessary to the chart, to support your customer in choosing the best possible size.
- Use a unit conversion size chart if your ecommerce is selling on more than one country.
- Clearly state if you are using body measurements or finished garment measurements in your size chart.
- If you use body measurements, add a paragraph explaining to your shoppers how to take the measurements themselves.
Creating a size chart with Sizefox
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