How to Measure for a Bridesmaid Dress

At Weddings by Lo, we have one main goal: Happiness! How do we reach this goal? By making every aspect of your order nice and easy, starting with measurements!

If possible, we strongly advise getting your measurements taken by a professional. However, we understand that life is busy! So we've broken down the steps for you to take measurements at home with ease.

There are only a few things you'll need to successfully measure yourself at home: A cloth measuring tape and a friend or full length mirror. 

How to Take Your Measurements in 4 Steps:


Bust: The circumference around the fullest part of your chest. 

Waist: The circumference around your natural waist—where you naturally bend, typically just below the rib cage.

Hip: The circumference around the widest part of your lower half. This could range anywhere from your lower abdominal to your thighs. Not all bodies are the same!

Hollow to Hem: The length between the hollow (or base) of your neck to your feet or where the skirt will hit.

Step One: Your Bust

  1. Wrap the measuring tape under your arms, around the fullest part of your bust.
  2. Make sure the tape is level the entire way around.
  3. Don't pull the tape too tightly so as to avoid the dress pulling in the wrong areas later.
  4. Record the number.

Important Tip: No sports bras allowed! Wear something similar to what you will be wearing with your gown.

Step Two: Your Waist

  1. Find your natural waist—this is where your torso bends as you lean side to side.
  2. While standing up straight, wrap the measuring tape around your bare waist—no extra clothing between.
  3. Leave a fingers width in between the tape and your body, so as to not pull too tightly. You’re going to want to sit down in this thing, right?
  4. Record!

Step Three: Your Hips

  1. Stand with your feet together.
  2. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your lower half while leaving a finger's width of space between your body and the tape.
  3. Record your findings.

Important Tip: This spot will vary from person to person depending on their body type!

Step Four: Hollow to Hem

  1. Slide into heels of the same height as those you'll be wearing for the big day.
  2. Stand with your feet together and look straight ahead.
  3. Hold the tape at the hollow of your neck, found in between your collar bones.
  4. Let the tape run closely down the front of your body until it reaches the floor.
  5. Have a friend check the number that reaches the floor—you do not want your feet showing!
  6. And record!

Important Tip: It’s important not to bend while taking this measurement! If you do not have a friend to help, stand in front of a full-length mirror to read the tape.

Time to choose your size!

  1. Compare your dimensions with the correct designer's size chart.
  2. Look for the largest number from your chest, waist, and hip measurement.
  3. Take that largest measurement and compare it to the designer's chart.
  4. Order the dress with confidence!

And there you have it! That wasn't too bad was it? You've got your measurements but maybe you're still looking for a little advice to help you order the correct size. Don’t fret! Lo is an expert when it comes to helping gals find the perfect style for them, so here's a little extra info you might like.

Extra Tips to Guarantee a Great Fit

  1. Don't let the number get to you. Most designers use European sizing, which runs a bit smaller than you may be used to. Don't shy away from a dress because the number differs from what you normally wear. Remember, no one will be looking at your tag—just your gorgeous self—and size is only a number! Fit is always more important than size.
  2. Unsure about your findings? Try the process a few different times. Have different friends give you a hand. See a professional. Try for yourself. Odds are your dimensions won't be the exact same every time. Go with the average!
  3. Undergarments are important. No sports bras allowed. Wear a bra similar to what you'll wear the day of. Plan on throwing on those magical Spanx? Make sure they’re on when you measure for your bridesmaid dress at home, too! Also, try to minimize bulky fabric getting between you and the tape by measuring on bare skin or thin material.
  4. Note what type of liner the dress has. If you're purchasing a chiffon A-line, you'll have a little flexibility in your sizing. However, if you're opting for something more fitted, or that includes a tighter liner underneath that flowing skirt, measurements are very important.
  5. All designers are made differently. Be sure you look at the correct size chart!
  6. If you are planning on losing weight, it is important to be especially conscious about the size you order. While we'd all like to be ambitious and hope for the best, it's necessary to understand that we all lose weight in different ways and from different places on our bodies. That being said, your workout plan might not turn out exactly as you expect. Order the size you measure for, and if necessary, alter the dress in!
  7. Are you an expecting momma? Pregnancy can make picking out the perfect look tricky! Opt for a flowy style with an A-line or empire waist and fabric that moves, such as chiffon. Unsure? Talk to an expert for help!
  8. It is much easier to alter in than to let a dress out. Don't go smaller than your measurements!

We hope that this at-home bridesmaid measuring guide has made choosing your size a little easier! Please don't hesitate to contact with any further questions you may have. We love to help!

Congrats on finding the perfect gown! We hope it's everything you've been looking for and more!

Happy shopping!