How to Measure How to Measure – Little & Lively
Cart 0

How to Measure

Tips for Measuring You & Your Family

It can be tricky to understand measurement charts and obtain the correct measurements so that you can choose the best sizes. We've included detailed measurement charts on every one of our listings so that you can check them against your body measurements to determine if they will be a good fit. All of the measurements on our website are in metric measurements so if you are used to imperial measurements, have a conversion calculator handy!

Please note: Many of the garments on our website are not intended to be form-fitting, so we provide you with the actual garment measurements so you can understand how much 'ease' is in the garment before you buy. When buying for kids never hurts to buy a garment that is slightly too big, rather than slightly too small because kids will always grow! If you are hoping for a slimmer fit for yourself of the kiddos, check the measurements first, and then size down.

Measuring Kids:

There are a few basic measurements that will come in handy when you are shopping in our store:

Measuring the head circumference:

Place the measuring tape above the eyebrows, ears and around the middle back of the head. Make sure that the measuring tape lies flat but not too tightly or loose. Note that our hats and headbands are designed to stretch so make sure your measurement is either exactly the same or slightly bigger than the size you decide to buy!

Measuring the chest circumference:

Make sure that your child is standing up with his/her arms down. Place the tape across the chest, under the arms and across the shoulder blades. Be certain that the tape is level and firm. Please note that many of the garments on our website are not intended to be form-fitting, so we provide you with the actual garment measurement so you can understand how much 'ease' is in the garment before you buy.

Measuring the length:

As you or your child is standing up, locate the base of the neck (there is a bone that protrudes slightly at this point) and place the measuring tape there and run it down the spine to the desired hem length. 

Measuring the arm:

Most listings on our website will give you the garment's under-arm seam length because it is a more consistent form of measurement. Find the measurement from your armpit to your wrist to determine if the sleeves will be long enough.

Measuring the leg:

Most listings on our website will give you the garment's inside-leg seam length because it is a more consistent form of measurement. Find the entire length of the inner leg from top to just below the ankle (or measure this seam on an existing pair of pants that fit well!). 

Measuring the waist:

This is the measurement right around the belly button. Everything on our website is made of stretchy fabric. Even our waistbands are elastic and designed to stretch. We provide the garment measurement for the waistband as it lays flat (not stretched) so as long as the waist measurement is close to, or slightly bigger than the garment waistband, it should fit perfectly. 

 

Measuring Adults:

Measuring adults are basically the same as measuring for kids. Some places on our website will ask for for a few additional measurements:

Bust:

This is the circumference around the fullest part of the bust. Place the tape across the fullest part of the bust, under the arms and across the shoulder blades. Be certain that the tape is level and firm.

Hip:

This is the circumference around the fullest part of the hip. Place the tap across the bottom and hips making sure that the tape is level and firm. 

Note:

On women's listings, we provide you with two sets of measurements. Body Measurements (these are the measurements our sizes are based off of) and Garment Measurements (the measurement of the clothing itself. The reason we include both is so that you can decide how much room you would like your garment to have. You can see how much ease we've added into the garment so that you can choose to size down or up if you would like a looser or more snug fit.