How to measure waist

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    Aug 25, 2007 8:29 PM GMT
    Hey guys
    I want to get my profile on this thing super-accurate, and I'm not sure how to measure myself, especially regarding the waist.

    At the narrowest point, I am 71 cm (28"). (below ribcage, above navel). At the widest point, 78 cm (31") (across hipbones).

    Which measurement should I be using?

    Thank

    William
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    Aug 25, 2007 11:14 PM GMT
    I think the proper spot is at the navel.
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    Aug 25, 2007 11:33 PM GMT
    For your waist it's your belly button.
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    Aug 26, 2007 2:22 AM GMT
    I think it may vary. For example, the picture that Aussiebum shows in their guide to waist measurement (for their products) seems to be at the hip bone.
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    Aug 26, 2007 4:02 AM GMT
    Your waist measurement should be right below the belly button - that's where dress pants should be when fitted properly.

    Your hip measurement will/should be the larger measurement around the hipbone.
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    Aug 27, 2007 10:54 AM GMT
    Yeah... it's about at the hipbone...the widest point
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    Aug 27, 2007 11:45 AM GMT
    Aren't the "waist size" measurement for clothes and the "waist size" measurement for bodybuilding two different things?

    For bodybuilding, a vast majority of the time I've heard "at the navel", while I've occasionally heard "at its narrowest point."

    For cloths... it freakin' depends on the brand, the style, and how low you want them to ride. LOL
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    Aug 27, 2007 12:10 PM GMT
    The waist measurement, as taken by tailors, is just above the hipbones, yet below the navel. This is where the waistband of a garment is meant to hang from.

    The best method, I believe, for determining one's 'waist' measurement is the method that my tailor uses:

    a) measure 2cm above the navel;
    b) measure at the navel; and
    c) measure 2 cm below the navel.
    The average of these 3 measures is the most reliable, and least fluctuating, 'waist' measurement.

    And if your my tailor, you'll subtract 2-inches off the finished product. '-)
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    Aug 29, 2007 7:23 AM GMT
    Take the measurement at the top of your hip bone, around 2cm below your navel as Aero says. This area's called the High Hip though your actual waist is the narrowest part of your body.
    Womenswear really only concerns themselves with this measurement. Where you measure your hip is the widest part of your pelvis, the middle of your butt.
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    Aug 29, 2007 11:02 AM GMT
    It depends on the purpose of the measurement. When measuring anatomy for the sake of testing or developing standardized models, measure at the navel (umbilicus is the term you'll see used).

    If you're measuring for clothes, it depends on the clothes. Aussiebum measures at the hips because that's where the suits ride.

    Of course, if you're measuring for AOL, you measure at the thinnest part of the torso you can find - and pull the tape REEEEAAALLY tight.

    ;)

    Joey