Sotela Tips

How to Measure Yourself and Choose a Size

Shopping online is so convenient, but comes with its challenges, right? Every brand has their own sizing standards and measurements. It can be so confusing!

We started Sotela with just three sizes: 1, 2, and 3. The idea behind that sizing convention was to make choosing a size easier and allow for growth. We now have sizes 0-10, but the idea remains the same. We hope to fit more people with our inclusive sizing.

Instead of the usual 1-1.5 inch grade between sizes, we do 3 inches. That’s double the amount most brands currently use, which means we can fit more conventional sizes into a Sotela size.

This is our general size chart on our sizing page:

All of our garments generally fall within these measurements, but they aren’t exact. For example, you can fit into our general size 5, but if the garment you are interested is tapered or slim fit and you are at the cusp of the size 5, we’d recommend sizing up.

First and foremost, I recommend choosing a size based on the garment’s measurements. Each garment has a chart that shows usual bust, waist, hip, rise, and inseam measurements. Under fit notes, I usually add more details such as true to size or slim fit. Depending on the garment, you should go by either the waist or hip measurement.

For example, if you have a 49″ bust, 43″ waist and 50″ hip, I’d recommend the size 5. The bottoms measure about 51-52″ in the hips, which still works, but it depends on fabric content. If you order a Tencel pant that measures 51″ in the hips, it may be tight and uncomfortable. Tencel has no give, which means you need to have at least 1.5 – 2″ in the hips for it to fit comfortably. Since linen has some give, a 1″ difference between the garment’s hip measurement and your own should be enough.

How to Measure Yourself

If you shop online, I would highly recommend buying measuring tape! It’s essential to know and be comfortable with your measurements. Being comfortable with your measurements is important because if you are holding the tape tight or loose, you won’t get an accurate size.

The bust measurement is at the center and around the fullest part of your bust. Make sure to hold the tape leveled or else you get an inaccurate number.

Waist measurement is typically 1-2 inches above your belly button. The easiest way to get that measurement is to put your thumbs on your waist and bend to each side. Wherever you feel the natural crease as you bend is your waist.

We measure hip by the low hip, which is at the fullest part of your butt. Hold the tape around your hip and measure the largest point of your butt.

Rise is measured by the tip of the waistband to the crotch seam and inseam is from that same seam to the bottom hem.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Email me at Hanna (at) for sizing questions or suggestions.

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