Size guide

How to measure a woman's body for proper clothing fit

How to measure your body to determine clothe sizes

Bust

Put the measuring tape under your arms and measure around the fullest part of the bustline and across the shoulder blades. Typically will measure somewhere between 31 and 42 inches.

When measuring the chest for a bra, if the final measurement is an odd number, add 1.

Natural Waist

Measure around the natural waistline – the smallest part of your midsection (torso) – usually near the belly button. Make sure you keep the tape a little loose – don’t cheat.

Hips

Put legs together and measure the widest part of your hip area – typically about 7 inches below your waist.

Measuring inseam on a pair of pantsInside leg or Inseam

Measure from the crotch seam to the floor (bottom of the foot). Measure along the inside of the leg. Round up to the next largest number.

For inseam measurements, it’s often easier to take a pair of pants that fit you well and measure the inseam on the pants instead. Lay them flat and measure the inseam from the crotch seem to the cuff.

Other body measurements to consider

Arm length

For shirts and other items that you want to allow for movement, measure from the end of the clavicle (collarbone), following a bent arm to the point where you want the sleeve to end. It is important that the arm is bent slightly when taking an arm-length measurement for shirts.

For coats and jacket arm length measurements, measure as above except allow the arms to hang loosely down the sides.

Neck measurement

To make a neck measurement, wrap the tape around the neck and over the adam’s apple, allowing the tape to rest on the shoulders. If you want a slightly looser fit, place a finger between the tape and neck.

Shoulder width measurement

Find the bone at the end of the clavicle (collarbone) and measure from that point to the other shoulder (at the end of the clavicle). Another way to think of the method is to imagine measuring from a line running through your armpit straight upward to your shoulder. Measure between these two points while holding the tape straight.

Shirt length

Shirt length measurement is taken from the top of the shoulder, close to the mid-side of your neck, following down the body to the point where you want the shirt to end.

Wrist measurement

Measure around the wrist, just above the bone knot located on the pinky side of the hand.

Body measurement considerations by apparel piece

Tops

Measure bust and natural waist. Use the body sizing chart below to determine your size.

Dresses

Measure your bust, natural waist, and hips. Use the sizing chart below to determine your size.

Pants

Measure your natural waist, hips, and inseam (if buying long pants). Match up the measurements to the pant sizing chart below.

When determine pant size, you should also consider the cut of the pant.

Women’s pant and jean cuts

Women pant and jean cuts

Men’s pant and jean cuts

Men pant and jean cuts

Apparel sizing charts

Below are charts listing various sizing methodologies including a comparison/conversion between UK and US products.

Women’s body sizing chart

WOMEN’S BODY SIZING CHART*
XS (4-6)S (6-8)M (8-10)L (10-12)XL (12-14)
Chest31″ – 33″33″ – 35″35″ – 37″37″ – 39½”39½” – 42½”
Waist24″ – 26″26″ – 28″28″ – 30″30″ – 32½”32½” – 35½”
Hip34″ – 36″36″ – 38″38″ – 40″40″ – 42″42″ – 45″
Bra Cups30B-C32B-C34B-C36B-C38B-C

 

Women pant sizing chart

Waist (inch)Hips (inch)US Size
24-2533-34XXS
25-2635-36XS
27-2837-38S
28-2938-39S
29-3039-40M
31-3240-41M
33-3441-42L
35-3743-44L
38-3944-45XL
40-4146-48XL
42-4348-50XXL
44-4650-52XXL
47-4953-543XL
50-5255-573XL
53-5557-594XL
56-5860-614XL

 

Women’s seamless performance suits and underwear sizing chart

WOMEN’S SEAMLESS PERFORMANCE SUITS AND UNDERWEAR*
S/MM/LL/XL
Bust33″ – 36″36″ – 39″39″ – 42″
Waist26″ – 30″30″ – 32″32″ – 35″
Hip37″ – 40″39″ – 42″41″ – 44″

* Measurements refer to body size, not garment size

 

Bra sizing chart (recommendations)

BRA RECOMMENDATIONS
XSSMLXL
Lock Zip Bra32C, 32D34C, 34D36C, 36D38C, 38D40C, 40D
Adjust Bra32B, 32C34B, 34C36B, 36C38B, 38C40B, 40C

 

Men’s body sizing chart

MEN’S BODY SIZING CHART*
XSSMLXLXXL
Chest33″ – 36″36″ – 39″39″ – 41″41″ – 43″43″ – 46″46″ – 49″
Waist27″ – 30″30″ – 33″33″ – 35″36″ – 38″38″ – 42″42″ – 45″
Hip33″ – 36″36″ – 39″39″ – 41″41″ – 43″43″ – 46″46″ – 49″

 

Men pant size chart (waist)

SizeWaist (inches)
XS28-30
S30-32
M32-34
L34-36
XL36-38
XXL40-44
3XL46-50
4XL52-54
5XL56-60
6XL62-64

 

Men pant size chart (length)

Size LengthLength (inches)
Extra Short27
Short29
Regular31
Long33
Extra Long35

 

Men’s seamless style and performance underwear sizing chart

MEN’S SEAMLESS STYLES & PERFORMANCE UNDERWEAR*
S/MM/LL/XL
Waist31″ – 33″34″ – 36″37″ – 39″
Hip39″ – 41″42″ – 44″45″ – 47″

* Measurements refer to body size, not garment size

 

Sock sizing chart

SOCK SIZING CHART
SMLXL
US Men’s Shoe Size6 – 8.59 – 1212.5 – 15.5
US Womens’s Shoe Size4 – 6.57 – 9.510 – 13
US Children’s Shoe Size3Y – 5Y5.5Y – 8Y
EU Shoe Size34 – 3738 – 4243 – 4647 – 51