How to Correctly Measure Torso Length: 4 Simple Steps

Your torso length is one of the most important measurements when it comes to finding clothes that fit well. Going too long or too short can spoil the look and feel of a piece of clothing that would’ve otherwise been perfect for you. 
Ninad Pathak

Ninad Pathak

Last updated on November 18, 2022

Your torso length is one of the most important measurements when it comes to finding clothes that fit well. Going too long or too short can spoil the look and feel of a piece of clothing that would’ve otherwise been perfect for you. 

Luckily, torso measurement is also quite easy. This guide will help you with measuring the torso so you can get perfect-fitting clothes. And if you sell clothes online, torso measurements can add to your existing size charts giving your buyers a perspective on how the clothing item would look. 

What is the torso length?

The torso length is the length of your spine, from the base of your neck to the point where your spine meets your hips. This measurement is important for clothing because it can help you find clothing that fits well and flatters your figure.

4 steps to measure your torso length for the perfect fit

Let’s begin measuring your torso length with a measuring tape.

Step 1: Place the measuring tape at the base of your neck

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Place the measuring tape at the base of your neck, where your spine meets your skull. This is called the C7 vertebrae.

Step 2: Run the tape down the spine

Run the measuring tape down your spine, following the curves of the body. Do not stretch the tape to be straight as we need to get the full length of the torso for the right measurement.

Step 3: Stop at the point where your spine meets your hips

Place your hands on your hips and find where the hip bone is placed.

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Once you find where the hip bones are, place your thumbs in line with the hip bone and identify the point where the hip meets your spine. 

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This is the end of your torso length. 

Note — If you’re measuring for a T-shirt, you should measure your torso length from the C7 vertebrae to just below the waist or hips. You can customize this length depending on how long or short you like your T-shirts to be. 

Step 4: Compare the torso measurement to a size chart

Now that you have your measurement, compare it with the size chart measurements to ensure the perfect fit. Some websites may also offer a clothing size recommender that can help you choose the right size of clothes.

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Why is measuring torso length important for finding the right fit?

Your torso length is one of the most important measurements when it comes to finding clothes that fit well. For example, if you’re wearing a shirt that’s too short, it might ride up and feel uncomfortable. Or, if you’re wearing a dress that’s too long, it might make you look sloppy.

Knowing your torso length can help you find clothing that fits well and flatters your body. Once you find the right fit, you can rely on these measurements to ensure that every piece of clothing you purchase will fit comfortably. 

What are some other measurements you should know?

In addition to your torso length, there are a few other measurements you should know. These measurements can help you find clothing that fits well and flatters your figure.

Some other measurements you should know:

  • Your chest or bust size
  • Your waist size
  • Your hip size
  • Your inseam (for jeans and pants)
  • Your height

You can find out your measurements by using a measuring tape. You can also find out your measurements by using a size chart.

Once you know your measurements, you can use them to find clothing that fits well and flatters your figure. You can also use your measurements to find clothing that’s comfortable to wear.

Things to note when measuring your torso length

  1. Make sure that you are standing up straight with your shoulders back. 
  2. Be sure to place the measuring tape at the base of your neck and run it down your spine. 
  3. Stop at the point where your spine meets your hips, and fourth, compare the torso measurement to a size chart. 

Additionally, keep in mind that your torso length may vary depending on the type of clothing you are wearing. For example, if you are wearing a dress, the measurement will be different than if you are wearing a shirt and pants. 

Finally, if you are unsure of your exact measurement, it is always best to err on the side of caution and choose a size that is slightly larger than your actual measurement.

Tips for perfect torso measurements

  1. Make sure to wear form-fitting clothing or a bathing suit when measuring your torso length. This will ensure that you get an accurate measurement.
  2. If you are measuring for a piece of clothing, be sure to take into account the type of garment. For example, a dress will require a different measurement than a shirt or a pair of pants.
  3. Use a mirror to check your measurement. This will help you make sure that the measuring tape is in the correct position and that you are measuring correctly.
  4. Compare your torso length measurement to a size chart. This will help you determine what size garment you need.
  5. Keep in mind that your torso length may vary depending on your height. If you are taller or shorter than average, you may need to adjust your measurement accordingly.
  6. If you are between sizes, it is usually best to choose the larger size. This will ensure that the garment fits comfortably and does not feel too tight.
  7. Remember that you can always alter a garment to fit your body better. If you find that a garment is too large or too small, you can always have it altered by a professional.

FAQs

How do I know if my torso length is average?

The average torso length for women is 16 inches (40.6 cm). For men, the average torso length is 18 inches (45.7 cm).

What should I do if my torso length is above or below average?

If your torso length is above or below average, you may want to consider clothing that is specifically designed for your body type. There are many brands that offer clothes for petite, tall, and plus-size women. There are also brands that offer clothes for men with larger or smaller than average torso lengths.

What is a normal torso length?

The average torso length for females is 42cm (16.5 inches) to 48cm (19.0 inches) and for males 46cm (18 inches) to 52cm (20.5 inches).

How long should my torso be for my height?

As a general rule, your torso length should be approximately one-third of your height. For example, if you are 6 feet tall, your torso length would roughly be 2 feet long.

Find the right fit for you and your customers

Sizing issues are one of the main reasons for returns in the clothing industry. Getting your sizing right the first time saves you a lot of time. Pair this torso sizing guide with our other guides for different types of clothes to get the perfect fit for your needs. 

And if you’re an ecommerce store selling apparel, it makes sense for you to have the right sizing charts for all your clothing. Kiwi Sizing helps you create fully custom size charts for your clothes which can then be paired with the AI Size Recommender which automatically suggests the most appropriate size for your customers. 

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