How to measure hips

Updated April 17, 2017

It is important to make certain that you have the right hip measurements especially if you are ordering clothes online. Taking your own body measurements is not always easy to do. Follow these steps exactly to make certain that you get the correct measurements and have the proper fit of clothes every time.

Find a proper tape measure. Measuring with a tape measure used for home improvement projects will not always give you a proper measurement. Your best bet it to look at craft stores or fabric stores for a loose tape measure. This is the kind that is not made of any metal, typically fabric or thin plastic.

Next, make certain that your clothes are tight fitting or that there is not a lot of loose material around the hip area.

Then, take the loose tape measure and wrap it around your hip area. The tape measure should be secured at the fullest part of the hip area; this is almost always over the buttocks.

Next, use the small handheld mirror to look into the larger mirror. Make certain that the tape measure is straight and parallel to the ground. The tape measure should also be snug as well but not cutting into your body.

Finally, write the number down on the tape measure and you now have the measurement of your hips.


The easiest way that I have found to do this is in front of my closet mirror which is full length. Make sure that your feet are together before you measure. The fullest part of your body is typically 7-9 inches below your waist.


The widest part of your body varies from person to person. In some cases, your buttocks are the widest and in other cases, your hips may be the widest. Use your best judgement.

Things You'll Need

  • Body tape measure
  • Handheld Mirror
  • Large Vanity Mirror
  • Pen
  • Paper
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Stacie Haight Connerty has been writing and editing for almost twenty years. She has been nationally published in several magazines and currently writes for several parenting websites. Stacie has an MBA in marketing and has worked in marketing/public relations for 15 years.