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A Guide to Knowing Your Measurements for Plus-Size Dresses

Finding the perfect plus-size dress that fits you like a glove can sometimes feel elusive. The key to success lies in understanding and knowing your measurements. By taking accurate measurements of your body, you can confidently navigate the world of plus-size fashion and ensure that you choose dresses that flatter your curves and make you look and feel fabulous. In this guide, we will walk you through the essential measurements you need to know to find the perfect dress when referencing a plus-size chart.


Start by measuring the fullest part of your bust, making sure the measuring tape is parallel to the ground and not too tight. This measurement will help you determine the size of the dress that accommodates your bust. Remember to wear a well-fitting bra while taking this measurement. You can then compare it with the women’s plus-size chart.


Locate your natural waistline, which is typically the narrowest part of your torso. Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, ensuring it is snug but not overly tight. Knowing your waist measurement will help you find dresses that cinch at the waist, creating a flattering silhouette.


Measure the widest part of your hips, usually around the fullest area of your buttocks. This measurement is crucial for ensuring that the dress fits properly around your hips and allows for comfortable movement. Avoid pulling the measuring tape too tightly; it should be snug but not constricting.


Dress length is an important consideration when choosing a plus-size dress. Measure from the top of your shoulder to your desired dress length, whether it's knee-length, midi, or maxi. Knowing your ideal dress length will help you find dresses that are proportionate to your height and provide the desired coverage.

Arm Circumference

If you prefer dresses with sleeves or need to ensure a comfortable fit around your arms, measuring your arm circumference is essential. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your upper arm, just below the shoulder. This measurement will guide you in selecting dresses that have the right amount of room for your arms.

Shoulder Width

To find the perfect fit for dresses with shoulder details, sleeves, or off-the-shoulder styles, measure the width of your shoulders. Start at the edge of one shoulder and measure straight across to the edge of the other shoulder. This measurement is particularly important for ensuring that the dress's shoulder seams align correctly with your natural shoulder line.

Thigh Circumference

If you prefer dresses that are more fitted around the thighs or have a skirt with a narrower hemline, measuring your thigh circumference is crucial. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your thigh to determine this measurement. By knowing your thigh circumference, you can choose dresses that fit comfortably without being too tight.

Wrapping Up

Knowing your measurements is the key to finding the perfect dress that flatters your curves and makes you feel confident. By understanding and taking accurate measurements of your bust, waist, hips, length, arm circumference, shoulder width, and thigh circumference, you can navigate the world of plus-size dresses. You can compare it with the plus-size dress chart to ensure you find the perfect piece.

If you're ready to explore a wide variety of trendy and fashionable plus-size dresses, we invite you to check out Forever 21. With our inclusive range of sizes and stylish designs, Forever 21 offers options that cater to diverse body shapes and personal styles. Check out our collection now!


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