How to Measure Yourself Accurately for Shapewear

If you’re new to shapewear or compression garments in general, you’ve probably realized that one of the biggest challenges can come from measuring yourself accurately for the garment. During the best of times this can be awkward but when you’re getting ready to invest in a custom made piece, you want to be sure everything is right.

Fear not! We’re here to help you ensure that your measurements will be accurate so your garment fits perfectly each and every time you wear it. Of course, getting used to how the garment feels can take a little while as it’s much tighter than your regular clothing but that’s it’s job. While that may sound intimidating, many people find it to be quite comforting.

Measuring for shapewear is much like measuring your body for tracking weight loss. The number on the scale does help a little bit in determining a base size for shapewear, but what you’ll really want to go by are the numbers on the tape measure to guarantee you the most accurate fit. 

How to Take Body Measurements

Here are some of our top recommendations when measuring your body for shapewear:

  • Always use a cloth/fabric, or flexible tailors tape measurer, not a metal one. This method is more accurate and even a fraction of an inch can make a huge difference. 
  • Do measurements first thing in the morning; your body tends to swell throughout the day and you want the truest numbers to guarantee a proper fit.
  • Always measure against bare skin. Clothing that gets in the way can drastically affect the measurements, more than you think. 
  • If you need an assistant to help measure you, wearing a form fitting cami and briefs can help you be more comfortable while being measured.
  • Breathe normally and measure when you are at rest, not flexing or sucking in. 
  • Use a mirror to ensure you are measuring in the right place and that the measuring tape is straight all the way around. Especially when measuring the hips and bust area. 
  • Write down your measurements each time to insure accuracy. 

What to measure

There are five key body measurements you should always have handy when you’re shopping around for shapewear: arms, chest, waist, hips, and legs. You may also need your current weight for some of the pieces, as this affects the level of compression and garment type that may be suitable for your desired purposes. 

It’s important to note that you may need to revisit some of these areas for specific types of shapewear. For example, you may need to measure your calves and thighs for your leg measurements in addition to your inseam for your custom compression garment. The same goes for sleeves, you will need to know the circumference of your arms to ensure a proper fit and the right amount of support.

Keep in mind, your weight may shift throughout the year so it’s always best to check your measurements and your shapewear before making your next order.  If you’re stuck between sizes or need help in any way, our expert staff is only a phone call away to help you with any questions you may have. 

What’s next

ContourMD has been helping people recover in comfort since 1982. A family owned brand based in Lenexa, KS, we’re dedicated to helping you look and feel fantastic. We’ve built our brand on compassionate recovery and today we are proud to continue that dedication to both our clients and our team with new product additions and our Mask Matching InitiativeAs always, our helpful team is always just a phone call away. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have along the way!


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