Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Raas the Global Desi: Size Guide

When buying clothes, one of the most important factors to consider is the fit. Proper-fitting clothes will not only flatter your body but will also make you appear sophisticated and confident.  
The right fit will also enhance your style quotient by showing off a garment in the best possible way. So, it can make or break your look!
Finding the right size can be tricky when you shop online. Readymade garments are based on standard sizing charts and it is unlikely that your measurements will perfectly match all the dimensions for a specific size.
To simplify the ordering process and receive exactly what you desire, please follow the instructions in our size guide when placing your order. 
General guidelines to choose the right size and fit for all garments
The first step to placing your order for any garment is to determine which size works best for you.  If you know your measurements this will be very easy, and you can quickly figure out which size will suit you most. 

  • Stand upright in front of a mirror in a well-lit room, so you can see yourself clearly when measuring yourself.
  • To obtain accurate readings, wear minimum or exact-fitting clothing of similar nature as the garment you wish to order. For instance, when buying a blouse, wear a saree blouse while taking measurements. Readings may not be accurate if taken with a T-shirt or kurti. 
  • Enlist the help of another person to obtain correct measurements which you cannot accurately take by yourself. 
  • Use a good quality, reliable inch tape for measuring purposes. 
  • Make sure that your measurements are neither too tight nor too loose, but just comfortable. 
  • In case of any doubt, please contact us at +1 (630) 407 7419 .We will be happy to address your concerns and clarify any doubts. 

If you follow these instructions, you will be able to obtain the exact measurements for the type of garment you wish to order. Compare your numbers to our standard sizing charts to determine the closest size for your order. Don’t worry if the numbers don’t match exactly. With our alteration services, you can have any garment customized so that the final product fits you perfectly. 
Let us now look at the measurement process for different types of garments at Raas. 
How to measure for blouses 
A well-fitted blouse enhances the appeal of a saree or Chaniya choli. Since blouses are close-fitting garments, you should get the right dimensions for the final fit to be comfortable. 
This sequence of steps will help you get the best fit. 
Step-by-step guide to taking measurements for blouses: 
Upper Bust
Place the measuring tape under your arms and loop it around the body, just above the bust. Make a straight loop that goes exactly around your chest and note the measurement. 

This is the circumference of the fullest part of your chest. To take this reading, loop the tape around the center of your bust. 

This is the measure of where the blouse ends or circumference of your upper waist. Pass the tape straight across the top-section of your abdomen to obtain this measurement. 

This measurement should be taken on the back side of your neck. Measure the distance from the edge of one shoulder to the other while holding your back straight and relaxing your shoulders. Have someone else take your shoulder measurement to avoid error.  

This dimension refers to the circumference of your arm around the arm pit area. Pass the measuring tape around your underarms to take this measurement. You may like to add an extra half-inch to the actual reading to make sure that your arm passes through the hole comfortably. 

Sleeve width 
This dimension will depend on whether your blouse will have half-length sleeves, cap sleeves, elbow-length sleeves, 3/4th or full sleeves. So, measure the circumference of your arm at the point where the sleeve should end. 

Blouse Length 
Keep the tape straight and measure the length from the top of your shoulder to the point where you want the blouse to end. This should be 1 to 3 inches below the lower bust area. 

Few more measurements are usually taken when stitching blouses using exact measurements. However, these are not necessary for ready-made blouses since these dimensions are already fixed and can’t be altered. Nevertheless, they are included below for your understanding. 
  1. Apex Point: The measurement from the point where the neckline begins to the nipple.
  2. Neck Front: Starting from the point at which the neckline begins to the center of the chest where the neckline is the deepest. This measurement is taken with the tape slanting towards the chest. (usually 7-9”) and will vary according to the style of the blouse. So, you will have a bigger number for V-necklines and deep-cut necklines, whereas boat necks and regular necklines will be smaller. 
  3. Neck Back: This is the depth of the neckline in the back. It is measured diagonally from the point at which the neckline begins to the center of the back where the neckline will be lowest. It is typically lower than the neckline in the front. (usually 7-12”). The dimensions will be higher for backless, sheer necklines and string necklines, while it will be placed much higher for boat necks and high necklines. 
Once you make a note your measurements, compare them with the size chart from Raas to find the correct size for your order. 
Ready-made blouses at Raas are made according to the following size chart. 
Size Chart for blouses/cholis

Important Instructions: 
  • Based on this sizing chart, find the size that is closest to your actual measurements. 
  • When in doubt, we recommend choosing the next size. For instance, if the under bust/shoulder/armhole measurements are larger than what is listed for a specific bust size, opt for the next size. You can then have it altered to fit you perfectly.  
How to measure for Lehengas
When placing your order for Lehengas, there are two main factors to consider: length and waistline measurement. 
At Raas, all Lehengas have adjustable drawstrings in the waistline. Hence, they will easily fit you even if there is a difference of 2-3 inches from the specified dimensions. 
Step-by-step guide to taking Lehenga measurement
Loop the measuring tape around your abdomen at the area where you will tie the lehenga and note this measurement. 
Measure from the point at which you will tie the Lehenga on your waist till where your feet touch the ground. If you prefer to wear heels with your Lehenga, add the heel size also into the length to ensure that the skirt covers your feet. 

Compare your measurements with the following table to determine the size you must order from our online store. 
Size chart for Lehengas

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How to measure for Sarees
When it comes to sarees, one size fits all. Sarees run the whole 6 yards, are 44” wide and are made to fit women of any height, body shape and build. 
Just pay attention to the color, fabric, embellishments and details to pick your favorite. 
The measurement procedure for all other Indian and fusion outfits is pretty much the same. The only differences will be for sleeve length and total length of garment. 
Since these garments are not as tight as cholis and saree blouses, you can opt for a relaxed fit when taking measurements. Once again, find your closest size and opt for alterations to make it fit perfectly. 
Step-by-Step guide to taking measurements for Anarkalis/gowns/suits/kurtis/tunics and separates: 
Run the measuring tape over the fullest part of your chest and note down the measurement. 
Find the circumference of the smallest part of your waist. This is typically 1-2 inches below the belly button. 
Make note of the circumference of the fullest part of your hips. 

Once you obtain your measurements, compare them with the following size chart from Raas, to determine the closest size to order. 
Size chart for Anarkalis/gowns/ suits/kurtis/tunics and separates

Important Instructions: 
  • The measurements in the table are in inches and likely to differ from sizing charts from other brands. Take care to place your order based on the sizes in this chart only.
  • Always choose the size that is nearest to your actual measurements or a larger size. This is because it is easier to take away extra inches from a bigger garment than to add more inches to a smaller size. 
  • Always provide us with true measurements. If you want the garment to be tighter/looser than your actual measurements, mention it during checkout and we will fix it accordingly.