Remove or raise clothing. To get an accurate measurement, you need to ensure that the tape measure is resting against your bare stomach, so you should remove any layers of clothing blocking your waist. Remove your shirt or lift it to just below your chest. If your pants are in the way, undo them and pull them down around your hips.
Find your waist. Use your fingers to find the top of your hips and the base of your rib cage. Your waist is the soft, fleshy section between these two bony parts.It will also be the narrowest part of your torso and it is often located at or above your belly button.
Wrap the measuring tape around your waist. Stand up straight and breathe normally. Hold the end of the tape measure at your navel and circle it around your back to the front of your waist. The measuring tape should be parallel to the floor and fit snugly around your torso without digging into your skin.
Make sure that the measuring tape is straight all the way around and is not twisted anywhere, especially in the back.
Read the tape Exhale and then check the measurement on the tape.Your waist measurement will be at the place on the tape where the zero end meets the slack end of the tape measure. The number indicates your waist measurement in inches and/or centimeters, depending on the type of measuring tape you used.