No, you don’t have to be between those heights in the sizing charts to wear MaxPlus2. The measurements in the size charts are provided as guidelines only. Every body is different and can change over time. It’s always good to know your basic and current measurements. You can find out most of your measurements yourself using a soft vinyl or paper tape measure (the kind your Aunt Millie has in her sewing kit, not the metal kind in your tool box—next time you’re at Ikea, grab an extra one of their paper tape measures and take it home with you).
Unless you’re in Cirque du Soleil, you’ll need to ask a friend to help you with a couple of the measurements, or you can measure a piece of clothing that fits you really well. Or better still, if you know a good tailor or seamstress, or if you’re buddies with your dry cleaner, ask them to take your measurements for you. Just be cool when they’re doing it—not like the character Alan in the movie The Hangover.
Chest/Bust: Wrap the tape around the fullest circumference of your chest/bust, with the tape under your arms and across your shoulder blades.
Waist: Measure around your waist where you normally like your pant waistline to sit. Usually the narrowest part of your waist area (unless you were born in the late 1980s or later—man I hate how my nephew wears his jeans. But we digress).
Hips: While standing with your feet together, measure around the fullest area of your hips. (Sigh)
Arms: Relax your arm with a natural bend at the elbow and measure from the centre of the back of your neck, over your shoulder, down your arm, to a point on your wrist where you like your shirt-sleeves to stop. (If you’re in a 1970s glam-rock tribute band, add four inches.)
Inseam: DO NOT DO THIS NAKED! At least wear some underwear or tights, but not a jock strap—right Alan? Measure the inside of your leg from your crotch to just below your ankle bone. Or grab your best fitting pants and measure the inside length from the bottom of the crotch to the bottom of the pant leg.
Neck: Measure around the base of the neck.