You know that cute t-shirt on Etsy with the fun saying that you really want? I bet you didn’t end up ordering it because you weren’t sure what the right t-shirt size was.
Or maybe someone is wearing a super cute outfit on Instagram and they link right to it on Amazon. But again you have no idea what size to order so you don’t end up buying it?
I used to feel this way too until I discovered the secret to knowing what size to buy when shopping online.
This easy apparel sizing method works for t-shirts, sweatshirt, tank tops and even leggings and jeans.
I’ve got you covered with these three easy steps to buy clothes online.
How Buy the Right Size T-Shirt Online
I’m going to use a t-shirt on Etsy as the example because there are so many cute graphic tee’s on Etsy and I want you to be able to update your t-shirt wardrobe with confidence!
Follow these easy steps to find out if a t-shirt you want to order from Etsy, Café Press, Redbubble or Instagram will fit you.
The first step is to gather the supplies you will need
- Your favorite T-shirt
- A measuring tape
- The Etsy t-shirt listing’s size chart
- Note pad and pen
You can use a measuring tape from an old sewing kit or the measuring tape hiding in your junk drawer.
Either will work great.
In step two, you are going to measure how long your favorite t-shirt is.
Find the middle of a shoulder and measure to the bottom of the hem.
Write that measurement down.
For Step three, you are going to measure your favorite t-shirt across the chest just under the sleeves.
Write down how many inches wide the cheat of your favorite shirt is.
And that it!
Compare your favorite t-shirt’s measurements to the Etsy t-shirt listing measurements then order that cute new t-shirt.
If the t-shirt, (hoodie, tank top…yoga pants) that you want to buy online offers additional measurements like waist or inseam then repeat the measurement process.
Measure all the parts of your favorite fitting clothing and record those measurements.
Popular Etsy T-shirt and Apparel Brands
Many if not most sellers on Etsy use the same t-shirts, racerback tank tops and sweatshirts from a handful of apparel manufacturers.
A lot of the t-shirts and racerback tanks you see sold on Instagram and Facebook are these apparel brands too.
Online apparel shops offer these popular tees, tanks and sweatshirts because they are what buyers like to buy.
And this is great news if you want to know if the clothing you are ordering online will fit because you can find out a lot of information about size and fit with a quick google search.
If an Etsy shop seller doesn’t note the apparel brand and style number in the listing, go ahead and ask them. Their goal is to help you buy the shirt, tank or hoodie so they are going to be happy to provide you with that information.
If the seller doesn’t offer a size chart with their listing, click over to the apparel brand’s own website to find it.
Popular apparel brands and styles include
- Gildan 5000
- Glidan 64000
- Bella + Canvas 3001
- Bella + Canvas 6400
- Next Level 3600
- Next Level Racer Back Tank 1533
Save Your Clothing Measurements
Once you’ve measured your favorite t-shirts, tanks and other apparel make it easier for yourself to buy apparel online again.
Saving your clothing measurements in a web-based file that’s easy to access.
I personally love using Trello for keeping track of my family’s’ clothing sizes, apparel measurement and for our house’s room measurements too.
Not sure what Trello is? Trello is a web-based productivity tool that’s like digital sticky notes organized in a really easy to use format. You can access the same information on your computer or app on your phone.
Not really interested in learning a new web-based productivity tool but want to keep your clothing measurements and sizes somewhere easy to find?
Google Docs is my second favorite way to keep up with these types of things. Make a folder for clothing sizes and doc for each person in your family.
You can also share these documents at the holidays when extended family members ask about clothing sizes for gifts.
If Drop Box is your go to then store this information there.
Pick a web-based program you can access easily from anywhere so you don’t miss out on that super cute graphic tee that you fell in love with.
Buying a cute graphic t-shirt online is a great way to freshen up your wardrobe or celebrate a new season.
You can order great saying t-shirts from Etsy, Instagram, Facebook and many other places online.
The good news is that many t-shirt sellers are using the same popular t-shirt and apparel brands to print their graphics on.
Once you follow my three easy steps you’ll know what size t-shirt to buy every time.
- Find your favorite t-shirt and a measuring tape
- Measure the length of your favorite t shirt from the center of the shoulder to the hem
- Measure the chest of your favorite t-shirt from just under the sleeves.
Then make sure to keep your measurements somewhere easy to access. And include which size of each t-shirt style you prefer too.
Next time you see a cute t-shirt that you’d love to have you’ll be ready order it!