All measurements on the sizing charts provided are in INCHES. **Do not assume that if you take a particular size in one brand of garment that you will take the exact same size in another brand.** We list each manufacturer's sizing chart so that you can most effectively determine size. Be aware that the comfort of a garment is a personal opinion.
Dancewear is designed, for the most part, to be form fitting (except for specific items like blouses, palazzo pants, etc.), to show the contours of the body.
Take measurements wearing minimal clothing. Measuring over heavy clothing will negatively affect the accuracy of your measurements.
BUST/CHEST: Measure the bust/chest over the fullest part, making sure that the measuring tape is parallel to the floor. Bra size is not the same as a bust measurement.
WAIST: To locate you natural waist, bend to the side and find where your body creases. Measure around the body at this point, making sure that the measuring tape is parallel to the floor.
HIPS: Measure over the fullest part of the hips, making sure that the measuring tape is parallel to the floor.
GIRTH: Girth is the vertical measurement of the circumference of your torso. Start by placing a flexible dressmaker's tape measure at the top of the shoulder, drape it down the front of the body (over the breasts, not between them if you are a woman), go between the legs at the crotch, up the back of the body to the exact same place on the top of the shoulder. This makes a continuous loop around the torso. This measurement is especially important to any one piece garment such as a leotard, unitard, or dance dress with attached briefs.
NOTE: All measurements need to taken against the skin or over undergarments.
Two people can be the same height and weight, wear the same jeans and T-shirt size, but if they have significantly different girth measurements, they may take different sizes in these types of garments.
If you have questions concerning sizing, please contact our Customer Service Department for further assistance.