1. Measure around your wrist where the item will go. The widest point of your wrist is usually at the protruding bump of the wrist bone. However, if you prefer to wear bracelets lower on your wrist, measure there. If you like to wear your watch higher on your wrist, measure there. The goal is for the item to fit perfectly right where you want it to be.
  • If you are measuring for a fitness band with a heart rate monitor, it’s usually recommended to measure for it (and wear it) about 0.5–0.75 in (1.3–1.9 cm) below your wrist bone (that is, nearer your hand) to help it get accurate pulse readings.
2. Wrap a flexible measuring tape around your wrist at the chosen point. Make the wrap as snug as you can without depressing the skin or cutting off your circulation. Fabric measuring tapes, like those used by tailors, are the best choice because they conform to your wrist shape.
  • A retractable tape measure will also do a decent job, but it won’t conform as snugly to your wrist as a fabric measuring tape.
  • If necessary, you can also use a piece of string and measure your findings on a ruler.
3. Record the number on the tape that overlaps its zero ends. When the measuring tape is wrapped snugly around your wrist, whatever number lies directly over the zero equals your wrist measurement. Write this number down.
For instance, if the 7 in (18 cm) mark overlaps the zero mark, your wrist measurement is 7 in (18 cm).
  • If you’re using a string, pinch the spot on the string that overlaps the starting end of the string. While still pinching this spot, straighten out the string and lay it over a ruler to measure the length from the string’s starting end to your pinch point.
4. Measure your wrist differently for bangle bracelets. If the bangle is a closed loop, it needs to be big enough to slide over your hand. To measure for this, tuck your thumb against your palm, then measure around your knuckles and over your tucked thumb. Add roughly 0.5 in (1.3 cm) to this measurement.
  • If the bangle is an open loop that slips over your wrist, just measure across the top of your wrist at its widest point (or where you’ll wear the bracelet) with a ruler or tape measure. You don’t need to wrap around your wrist to get this measurement.

Children's Lengths

Newborn-6 mos. - 4"

6-12 months - 4-1/2"

12-24 months - 5"

2-5 years - 5-1/2"

6-8 years - 6"

9-13 years - 6-1/2"

Women's Lengths

Petite - 7"

Medium - 7-1/2"-8"

Large - 8-1/2"

Plus size - 9"

Ankle bracelet* - 9-1/2"-10"

*Anklets usually include a 1"-2" extension.

How to Measure for Ankle sizes

Ankle Bracelets Below the Bone: Measure with a string or tape measure below your ankle bone and add ¼ to ½" depending on how loose you want your anklets to be. For example, if your ankle measures 10", you will need a 10¼ - 10¾" or a 10½ - 11" anklet.

Ankle Bracelet Sizes

Most Common: 9 inches (22.0 cm)

Average: 9 – 10 inches (22.9 – 25.4 cm)

Size Range: 8 – 11 inches (16.5 – 27.9 cm) (in my experience)

Men's Lengths

Small 8"

Medium 8-1/2"

Large 9"

Plus size 9-1/2"