Measuring Tips

Tips for Measuring Prom and Formal Dresses

You want to be sure your prom dress or formal gown fits like a glove, so we've created an easy-to-follow measuring guide to help you achieve the perfect fit for comfortable wear throughout the night. Reference this guide and take accurate measurements before you order your prom dress in order to minimize the amount of alterations needed between the moment you receive your prom gown and prom night. Make sure to follow each step carefully so that you don't need to make repeated trips to the tailor in order to make your new prom dress fit properly.

The formal dress market is unique in that dresses sell very quickly and the production time is longer than a regular clothing item, due to beading, fabrics and other details that need to be done by hand. Because of this, it's very important that you get your order in early and accurately. Our specialists take every precaution to ensure that we will be shipping the best size for you before alterations.

We're sure with these tips you'll get a perfect-fitting dress that will turn heads on your big night out. If you have any questions or concerns, our team is standing by to assist in any way to ensure you are completely satisfied with your dress.

Prom Dress Measuring Tips
  • Formal dresses typically run smaller than regular-sized clothing. It is not unusual to have to go up one or two sizes, depending on style, cut and fabric. Because of this, it's important to order your dress based on your measurements, not the numbered clothing size that you normally wear.
  • Use a ribbon-style, clothing tape measure to ensure that you can accurately measure each and every curve.
  • Stand comfortably, with equal weight on both feet to find a grounded, steady stance. Let your arms rest easily at your sides and relax your stomach muscles. If you take your measurements while you're standing in an unnatural posture, be prepared to spend your entire prom night standing in the same uncomfortable position just to get your dress to fit you properly.
  • Enlist the help of others. Ask someone else to measure you because measuring yourself will distort your shape.
  • Measure very carefully to avoid causing unnecessary need for alterations.
  • Bust: Make sure to remember that your bust measurements are not related in any way to your bra size. Measure around the fullest part of your bust.
  • Waist: Measure your natural waistline, about 1.5 inches above your belly button. This should be a snug measurement, with the tape measure held taut. The waist is the most fitted part of most formal gowns.
  • Hips: Measure the fullest part of your hips to get an accurate waist measurement for a prom dress or formal gown. This is a very important measurement for fitted mermaid prom gowns.