Size Guide & Body Measurement
The following guide will help you work out the fit and cut of garments that best suit your body type and size.
Bust Measurements: Measure around the fullest part of your chest with your arms down by your side.
Waist Measurements:Measure around the natural waist line.
The length of a garment can be influenced by design trends as well as the style and shape of the garment.
The following guide to lengths should help you determine the length for your height when you purchase one of Reads Online designer fashion garments. Hemlines may be straight, dipped or asymmetrical.
The measurements we have quoted are taken from the shoulder to hem and are based on a 5' 6" or 165cm person.
Mid thigh or tunic length dresses - Often referred to as a mini the tunic or mid thigh length measures approximately 86cm from the shoulder to the hemline.
Above the knee length dresses - Above the knee dress length may vary by 5cm depending upon your height. This measures approximately 91cm from the shoulder to the hemline and is approximately 10cm above your knee.
Knee length dresses - Knee length dresses may fall just above, on or below your knee depending upon your height. The length from the shoulder to hemline may vary between 96cm and 101cm.
Below the knee or Mid Calf dresses - Below the knee dresses tend to fall approximately10cm below the knee and may range from 107cm to 117cm from shoulder to hemline.
Maxi dresses - Maxi dresses may include long dresses, ballerina or ankle length dresses. The shoulder to hemline length may vary from 135cm to 148cm.
We use the following fit descriptions to describe the general fit of a garment.
Slim fit - Slim fit clothing refers to any garment that fits the wearer close to the body. Pants, shirts, and other garments in this style don't have extra fabric hanging or draping anywhere. People with lean body types especially appreciate the closer fit because it can give them a more tailored look. Slim fit garments are also suited for petite sizes. When purchasing a slim fit garment you may need to buy a size up from your usual size.
Regular fit - Regular fit clothing tends to skim most body types comfortably; regular fit pants and shirts have a little extra fabric. Any garment identified as regular fit will generally fit to standard size measurements.
Regular fit garments should be bought in your usual size.
Easy fit - Garments identified as easy fit will be loose and you may be able to wear a size above or below your standard size. If you want an easy fit garment to fit closely buy a size down or if you want it to fit loosely buy a size up.
Loose fit - Loose fitting garments are generally oversized and are often a one size fits all sizing. With contemporary trends some loose fitting garments may also be sized so choose your normal size if you want to acheive the look of the design.