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Measuring for the best fit / size of our Plus Sized Snow Clothes

Measuring for the best fit / size of our Plus Sized Snow Clothes

Unfortunately, not every size is made equal. In the realm of snow gear and specifically plus-sized snow gear, the sizes can vary incredibly even across the same brand. A Cartel Snow Pant in one style will fit very differently to another and the sizes might vary by 2 or 3 sizes even. You might normally be a size 22 and find yourself ordering a size 26 on our site or a Unisex 6XL. Don’t worry, size is just a number and what’s really important is finding you a plus size jacket or pant which is comfy and fits well for your upcoming adventure to a cold climate. We know finding plus-sized snow gear is hard so we have worked hard to find and distribute a wide range of styles to give you choice regardless of where you live. Shipping is from Melbourne, Australia and exchanges and refunds are easy and quick.

Measuring your clothing may feel like a time consuming and annoying process but it really is pretty easy and it is likely to save you time and money in the long run. So many of our customers have contacted us needing help in this area so we have put together this guide to help you through the process. You’re not alone, and we are here and happy to help.

The best way to do this is to:

1. Grab a pair of your own pants or jacket or coat which fit you well and don’t have too much stretch.
2. Measure the pants and/or jacket
3. Compare the measurements to the size chart for the product you are interested in purchasing or use our new Size Chart Conversion Tool above the size options drop-down box on each product item’s page!

Measure the garment not your body to ensure the accuracy of the measurements, but if you want to cross-reference, you can measure yourself as well.

Lay your measuring tape out flat on a table or flat surface. We tape the measuring tape to the table to keep it in place.
Have a pen and paper handy to write down your measurements straight away.

PANTS – measure the Waist, Hip, thigh and inseam or ‘in-leg’.

PLUS SIZE SNOW PANTS MEASURING

WAIST

To measure the waist of the pant hold your fingers on the inside of the pant and place on top of the measuring tape. You're measuring the top edge of the pant. First, measure the waist’s ‘relaxed’ measurement which is just laying the pant on top of the measuring tape without any tension. To measure the pant’s ‘extended measurement’, stretch the waistband as far as you can and hold against the tape measure.
Record these measurements and then double it keeping in mind that there are two sides of the garment

HIPS

Next measure the hips. This can vary slightly but with Cartel pants, this measurement is 3 inches up from the crotch cross seam.
Pull the fabric firm and tight and measure from seam to seam.
Again, double this measurement for the full hip circumference.

THIGH

For the thigh measurement just measure around one thigh. So take this from approximately 1 inch down from crutch cross seam.
Pull the fabric tight and measure from seam to seam.
Again, double this measurement for the full thigh measurement.

INSEAM

To measure the Inseam or Inleg: Measure from the crutch cross-seam to the bottom hem.

PLUS SIZE SNOW JACKET MEASURING

Lay your measuring tape out flat on a table or any flat surface and tape the measuring tape to the table to keep it in place.
Have a pen and paper handy to write down your measurements straight away.
First zip up all the zips and pockets

JACKET – measure the Chest, Waist and Hips or bottom hem (whichever is the widest).

CHEST

To measure the chest, measure one inch down from the armpit seam, pull the fabric tight and measure across from seam to seam.
Record these measurements and then double it keeping in mind that there are two sides of the garment

WAIST

Measure the waist. This can vary but with our Cartel Jackets, we are going to take this measurement at the ½ waypoint from the armpit seam to the bottom hem.
Pull the fabric firm and tight and measure from seam to seam.
Again, double this measurement for the full hip circumference.

HIPS / BOTTOM SEAM

Hips or bottom seam measurement is the widest part of the jacket. In our Cartel jackets, it is the bottom seam as the jacket doesn’t taper in at the bottom as some jackets do.
So, pull the fabric tight and measure from seam to seam and double this measurement for the full circumference.

Once you have all of your measurements you can head back to the measurement chart on the product page to find your correct size, remembering each product has a different size chart. You will need to leave room for your largest measurement, and remember to leave some room for thermals for a comfy fit

After you have completed your measurement please use our Shop Your Shape form to enter your details and someone from our Sizing Team will get in touch to help you with the fitting. 

Sometimes it’s a good idea to measure both and compare the results.

For example, measure the thigh on your non-stretchy pants and then compare this to your own thigh to get a set of measurements.

Some of my customers have found that their clothing measurement is smaller than their body measurement which has not resulted from stretchy clothing (which would be my first thought) because an area such as the thighs can be malleable and can change its shape and form a little when fitting into clothing. The same may not apply for an area such as the hips or waist where you need to bend, breathe and move comfortably.

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