How to take body measurements to choose your size: Follow our tutorial for sportswear outfits

When it comes to sizes – be it Italian, American, European – sometimes “S” can be too small but “M” is too big; also our bodies can be different to the standard rules used in the clothing and fashion industry. Needless to say, when we have to
purchase sportswear, for training or competitions, to find out the right size can be a real challenge.

Sportswear wearability must be perfect, because clothes cannot interfere with the performance of the exercises. Customised and competition dresses must be like a second skin on the athlete’s body, this is the reason why we prefer to tailor them.

In both cases, whether you have to purchase a training or a customised outfit, your own measurements will be needed. Let’s take a look together and learn how to take circumference and length measurements and the special attention required during
this procedure.

Take body measurements: What do you need to know

Before you start taking the measurements here are some useful and necessary tips to take measurements in a precise and correct way:

  • Wear light and close-fitting clothes, to avoid additional centimetres to the measurements;
  • Use a cloth tape measure because it’s flexible;
  • Keep the measuring tape comfortably fitted to the body and when measuring circumferences (bust, hips and girth), check the tape is level and neither too tight nor too loose;
  • Normally you should start taking measurements related to circumferences starting from the upper part of the body and working down;
  • We highly suggest asking someone to help you take the measurements;
  • When taking the circumference measurements, the tape measure must be parallel to the floor, making a straight, horizontal line across both your front and back, while the length measurements must be taken perpendicular to the floor at a 90
    degree angle;
  • in all cases, height and weight are always necessary to have a better idea about the whole athlete’s body.

Now get a tape measure, a piece of paper and a pen to write down every measurement; in our case, we have used a regular cloth tape (colours are not important), we measure in centimetres, and additionally we have used a white ribbon pinned on
the athlete’s body to indicate the guidelines in order to obtain more precise and accurate measurements,

Practical tutorial: How to take measurements

1. Circumference measurement

Fit the tape measure to the outermost part of the scapula and start from there, continue towards the arm on the most stiking out part of the breast until reaching the armpit.

Place the tape measure around your chest. Wrap it so that it rests just under your bust, where your bra band would sit. Write down the measurement.

Your waist is the smallest part of your torso and right underneath your rib cage near your belly button. Measure the waist where the body bends and pin it there.

It is the widest part of your hip area and buttocks. Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around the buttocks, to the other side and back where you started.

Total girth circumference (Oval)

Stand up with your legs slightly open. Place the tape on one shoulder, near to the neck’s base. Go down the body, pass it through the girth (the upper part of the thighs), make it pass on top of the chest, then go past the back, measuring the
buttocks and reaching the same point again but in the back of your body. Making a full “oval” in the bust. The tape does not have to fit the body, only the sticking out parts..

Armpit circumference

Put the tape around the armpit and close it on the shoulder, right in the place where the collarbone joins the shoulder. As before, the arm has to be relaxed and hanging along the body.

Arm circumference

Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of the upper arm from front to back and around to the start point. The arm must be relaxed and hanging along the body.

Rear back length

Fit the tape to the back and measure the distance between the two external points of the back. The back will have to be kept straight and the shoulders wide open.

Neck circumference

Wrap the tape around the base of the neck above the collar bone.

2. Length measurements

Sleeve length

To measure the length of the arm it is necessary to bend it at a 90 degree angle. Start the measurement at top of the shoulder (the same point where you took the airmpit circumference) and giude the tape measure to the full lenght of the
arm to the desired point (it will depends on the sleeve lenght) following the bended elbow.

External leg length

Place the tape on the waist, at the position detailed earlier, run tape along the side of the leg until, you reach the desired length.

Inseam length

This is the distance from the uppermost inner part of your thigh to the bottom of your ankle or the trousers’ length.

Compare and choose your size

Now that you know how to calculate your body measurements correctly, you will be able to purchase Sagester’s clothes by checking our practical sizing chart shown below.