How to Measure Yourself for Your Prom Dress

How to Measure Yourself for Your Prom Dress | Main Image | Faviana

It is a common fact of life for girls and women everywhere to be one size in one store but then, miraculously, a different size in the next store. Several decades ago sizes were federally regulated so that there was a standard size chart for women, but that has since been done away with.  Every brand seems to have it’s own unique sizing system so it is always a challenge to find jeans, bras, dresses and even shoes in “your size” that actually fit. Faviana would like to help you take some of the mystery out of your prom dress shopping with these steps on how to take your own measurements.  It is normal to have some alterations made to any dress so that it is perfectly tweaked to your body but, it will be less expensive the more accurate the fit is from the start! 

Now, Iʼm not going to lie but my personal advice is to always shop in store for your prom dress. You will have a much better idea of the fit and feel of a dress by trying it on in person rather than online rather than guessing it will fit from your online purchase. You may realize that what looks good on a hanger or model doesn’t necessarily work for you. However, if you are going to shop online, and i know many of us absolutely love the online shopping convenience, then having your correct body measurements is an absolute must prior to you making the purchase. Most brand websites have their own sizing charts to help you find your size in their styles using your personal measurements. So go find a mirror ladies and in case youʼre not particularly flexible, you will need a friend to help.

HeightHow to Measure Yourself for Your Prom Dress | Height | Faviana

This may seem like a no brainer but if you are wearing shoes take them off and stand up straight with your feet together (no slouching!). Start at the top of your head, down your back and pull the measuring tape taught to the floor. You will want to make sure that daring cocktail dress you fell in love with does not show too much leg.  The model in the image above is wearing Faviana style 7702.

Bust How to Measure Yourself for Your Prom Dress | Bust | Faviana

So this may seem slightly confusing but your bust is NOT your bra size- misleading I know. Grab an unpadded bra, stand up straight, and relax your arms at your sides then have your friend measure at the fullest part of your bust. The measuring tape should run across the apex of your breast (aka over the nipple). Most dresses will have some sort of built in cups or bra but be aware of the bust size in case you do plan on wearing one!

Quick Tip:  Bust = the widest part of your chest.


You are going to want to find the smallest part of your waist, also called a natural waist. This is usually a little above your belly button. Keep the measuring tape slightly loose to allow for breathing/sitting/eating room! Nothing is worse than trying enjoy your special night and feeling like your dress is suffocating you!  Do not get this measurement confused with your high hip which is usually where you button your jeans.

Quick Tip:  Waist = the smallest part of your stomach.

HipsHow to Measure Yourself for Your Prom Dress | Hips | Faviana

Stand up straight again and with your feet together and flat on the floor. From there pull the measuring tape across the widest part of your hips. The tape should cross the middle of both of your hip bones and will usually run at the bottom of your buttocks.  Again, do not get this measurement confused with your high hip; many people do.

Quick Tip:  Hips = the widest part of your lower body.

After you’ve taken your measurements, you can identify your body type by checking out our other blog Which Style Prom Dress Suits My Body Shape?  Also, click on the Faviana size guide to see which size you are prior to shopping!

I hope this blog will help you find your dream dress with the perfect fit!  Have a fabulous time at prom and let us see your prom pics!  Tag #Faviana on Instagram @Faviana_NY and Twitter @FavianaNY.



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