How to Measure a Skirt? (With Pictures)

You can measure a skirt by placing it on a flat surface, such as a table, and using a measuring tape of some sort. You can also measure certain parts of your body to figure out which skirt size will fit you the best. Making these measurements is easy, and well worth your time.
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Last updated on December 9, 2022

Regardless of the type, skirts should always fit your lower body well. The waist and hips should look flattering and your legs should look elongated and slim.

Written below is a simple guide on how to take measurements for a skirt.

Measure a skirt 👗 in 4 easy steps


Step 1: Measure the skirt’s waist

Place the skirt on a flat surface like a table or the floor and smooth out any wrinkles that may be present. Then, measure from one end of the waist to the other.

Step 2: Measure hips

Measure the widest part of the hip area, which is generally about 7-8 inches below the waistband. Similar to how you measured the waist, measure the hips from one end to the other as well.

Step 3: Measure skirt length

The skirt length is basically how long you want your skirt to be. Place the tip of the measure in the middle of the waist, and drag it to the end of the skirt.

Step 4: Measure the hemline

The hemline is the end of your skirt, and you can measure it by placing the tip of the tape measure on one end of the hemline and measuring it to the other end.

Try this step-by-step video guide to know how to measure your skirt:

Steps To Measure Yourself For A Skirt

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For the perfectly fitted skirt, correctly and accurately measuring yourself is important as well. Here’s how you can do so.

  1. Measure The Waist – Take a measuring tape and place it around your waist carefully. Make sure that you measure your natural waist, which is usually the narrowest part of your torso. If you want a more casual-fit skirt, add an inch to the measurement.
  2. Measure Your Hips – Placing the tape measure on one end of your hip, encircle it around your hips and measure the circumference of the widest part of your hips.
  3. Measure Your Length – Stand in a straight, natural posture, and from the middle of your waist, measure till the area you want your skirt to end. The length will depend on the type of skirt you want. For a mini, measure till mid-thigh whereas for a midi you can measure just above or below the knees.
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Best Skirt Style For Each Body Type

  1. If You’re Petite: If you have a petite body, go for well-fitted miniskirts that elongate your legs, instead of long, voluminous skirts that may make you look shorter.
  2. If You’re Tall: If you are tall, maxi skirts are excellent for you. Go for long, flowy maxi skirts for a carefree, casual look or a more structured one for that effect of elegance.
  3. If You’re Curvy: If you have a curvy figure, a pencil skirt is your best friend. It accentuates the narrowness of your waist while giving you that hourglass effect.
  4. If You’re Pear-Shaped: If you have a pear-shaped body, an a-line skirt will make your waist look tiny without making you look bulky. This tip works for all pear shapes, whether you’re short or tall.
  5. If You’re Apple-Shaped: Many apple-shaped people think that skirts aren’t for them, but that’s not true! A high-waist midi skirt is perfect, as it gives you a defined waistline and the length makes you look tall.

Tips For Taking Skirt Measurements

  1. Ensure that all the measurements are made with the skirts placed on a smooth surface, like a table or floor, and all wrinkles are smoothened out.
  2. Do not hold the tape measure too tightly or loose while measuring. It should wrap around your body well.
  3. Make sure that all the measurements are as accurate as possible.
  4. Consult an international sizing chart as each country or region has its own sizing rules. Brands differ in sizing as well. So it is important to match your measurements with their sizing guide.
  5. Always refer to the sizing guide mentioned by a brand/store.

To reduce the return rate after a successful sale, we also recommend that you can create a size chart with unit conversion to make your customers pick the unit they are most comfortable thinking about to make a purchase decision.

Or use Kiwi Sizing AI Size Recommender as a size chart tool. It will recommend the most suitable size of products for customers to reduce the return rate, help you decrease the cost of the return, and to create a positive cycle for your e-commerce business.


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