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      Measuring Your Unique Size: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Accurately Measure Your Body

      One of the most important steps in choosing the perfect dress is making sure your evening gowns and cocktail dresses fit like a glove. If evening dresses offer figure-flattering features, but fit too loose or just a little too tight, they will not be as complimentary as they are designed to be. To help you pick the right size for your unique shape, Tadashi Shoji offers a sizing guide for your reference. our sizing guide will lead you to the ideal size to fit your body by the measurements of your bust, waist, and hips. To make sure your numbers are accurate, we have a detailed guide on how to measure your body for the perfect dress. Below we have put together step-by-step instructions on how to accurately measure your body and discover your perfect fit. If you follow these steps, you are sure to walk into any event looking and feeling your best!



      Your first and only tool for choosing the right size for your body will be measuring tape. Before you begin to measure any part of your body, it is essential to be certain that the tape is always parallel to the floor. Also, to get accurate sizes, you want to only wear undergarments and never measure over your clothing.

      Step Two: MEASURING BUST

      To get the accurate measurements for your bust, it is important to keep your arms at your sides while measuring. Next, place the measuring tape under your arms and run the tape across the fullest part of your bust line (across your apex),  and across your shoulder blades.

      Step Three: MEASURING WAIST

      Place the measuring tape on your natural waistline at the narrowest part of your waist to begin to measure your waist. You want to keep your finger between the tape and your body to aim for a comfortable fit. The tape should not feel too tight or too loose around your waistline. The right measurement will allow for natural and comfortable movement at the waist without being too tight or too loose.

      Step Four: MEASURING HIPS

      To begin measuring your hips, start with placing your feet together. You will be measuring at the fullest part of your hips to ensure the most comfort, which is usually found about eight to nine inches below your natural waistline. Place the measuring tape around the fullest part of your hips, keep your feet together, and find the perfect size for you.


      After you’ve followed our simple step-by-step instructions designed to lead you the perfect fit, refer to Tadashi Shoji’s sizing guide to see which size fits your unique shape. With standard size, petite size and plus size dresses & gowns available, you are sure to find the perfect size for your dream dress that will make you feel like it’s made just for you.