In the ready-to-wear shoe world, feet are measured using a Brannock Device. Sigh, Buying a larger top to fit, alterations, etc. Just curious, how many others expected the same result and conclusions? With different size systems and measuring units in different countries and regions, buying clothes in foreign shops or of foreign makes can be quite difficult. a size 11 in the U.S. would be a size 46 in continental Europe or a size 10.5 in the U.K. I understand designers’ couture garments are cut for their wealthy customers and will have different sizing. Why? kay, (Ride, well they are heavy) Once you have both measurements look in the chart below to see your suggested size. Perhaps this is so they won’t have to lower their prices. given the industry’s penchant for trying to flatter their customers that they fit in a size smaller than they thought. I’ve read several of them already. From wardrobe staples to fashion- forward pieces, Plus promises to keep you on trend season after season. Kathleen like you and Tufte Fan, I’m technical. One piece shaped sheath dress? To find out your shoe size, follow the instructions below to measure your foot, and then use the charts above to find the appropriate size conversions. Clothing Size Guide- Numeric Allen, you’re right, it’s not rocket science. Only the smallest size fit right. Manufacturers and pattern companies will ALWAYS disagree. * The measurements in the guide are based on measurements taken directly from the body, not the garment. Lastly, it is misplaced to assign all the blame and responsibility to retailers just because they handled the transaction for you. My GF and I have the EXACT SAME four top measurements shoulders, above the bust, arms, and bust. I don’t care what they call the sizes. I ALWAYS have to alter my blouses and tops… I need to buy larger sizes to accomodate my breasts. Misses and womens US dress sizes (also used in Canada) with bust, waist and hip measurement tables for Misses sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 & 20, Womens sizes 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, plus a brief explanation of junior, petite and half sizes. I knew it was coming, at least I know what to cut out of my diet now and how much I am actually over eating. Most of which don’t carry that “next size up” in store, and when they do, I end up making a choked back scream gurgling noise in the dressing room, because what I needed was an inch or two more just ended up being a 6 inch inclusion, or the exact needed measurement but now proportioned for the center front, (apple) and sits funnily and weirdly on my hips. Bust sizes have also gone up. Any thing about age, weight, size, “does this make my butt look big” is best avoided. How to start a clothing line or run the one you have, better. All I can say is that I’m smiling smugly to myself. Depending on the manufacturer, a UK size 8 dress can correspond with a US size 4 or 6. One more answer – perhpas cynical – where is the payback? Measure from the top of your inside leg to your ankle bone. Out of kindness we’ll disregard that the size 12 is jumping 2″ in bust and 2 to 3 inches in waist measurements over the ten because this weakens consumer arguments. I don’t fit, I am 5’9″ 200 lbs. Unfortunately, it would probably be difficult and expensive to hire enough people for the photo shoot. As soon as you all can come to agreement on measurements is when we’ll start sizing to meet your expectations. If that is impossible, a detailed size chart (like this one by the catalogue company Cecile – ) may be useful. 2) Whether it’s possible to create standard sizes that would always fit everyone. Even when I was younger -a presumed golden age of well fitted apparel- we never had the expectation that something would fit us off the rack. I also have long arms :) I am not complaining, just making a point. Copyright © Kathleen Fasanella. Even if my 14 is based on some “standard” 14 bust or hip, the other sizes will be approximations of the “standard” 16 and 18. The answer to Question 1 was based on answers to your survey results, but who is asking it? It would be fabulous if we had standard sizes. I disagree you don’t get a higher quality product with a higher price tag. Weight is also a repeat, our average is still 140 but the weight span has increased to a 35 pound spread. The UK doesn’t have this problem, right? This still wouldn’t make everyone happy because as you gain weight, the relationship between your relative proportions changes. Then maybe sizes could start stabilizing. I don’t change weight that drastically during any given month, series of months that one day I can wear one size and the next need 2 sizes bigger or stretchy leggings. But sizes are the last thing to worry about. I have a terrible time finding blouses that fit since I am small boned except for my breasts (real…not implants) . Women's Clothing Size Women's clothing size conversion chart for dresses, suits, coats, shirt and jacket for US, UK, Europe, Australia and Japan. Find the right shoe size with our easy-to-read Nike men's footwear size chart. When I’m perfectly height and weight proportionate, my bust is larger than my hips by nearly three inches, I’m the reverse of the survey proportions (B:+12  W:0  H:+9). Results of the survey (thank you!) It’s clearly not only the manufacturer’s fault, but also marketing exploitation. If you’ve got a line aimed at Apples, advertise it as such: “This line is designed to fit and flatter a woman whose hips are waist plus X and bust is waist plus y.” That’s not restrictive, I’ll still try things on from the line, but I’ll know what the designer is aiming for and adjust my expectations accordingly. 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