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Taking measurements and choosing the right dress size

It is important to know your measurements and dress size when shopping online, overseas or in any store.

For important garments like wedding gowns it is recommended that you get a seamstress to help you with measuring. Mistakes can be inconvenient and expensive. ALWAYS get someone else to measure your dress size, even if the person is not experienced in sewing or fashion. Measure yourself wearing lingerie similar to that which you will wear with the garment, and never measure over the top of other clothing.

Write down the measurements in inches or centimeters, and check the tables. If you are not sure which size to choose, always choose the biggest size. You may find that the top fits perfectly but the bottom is too big, for example; if so, have the garment altered to fit you rather than buying a smaller size.

Many modern brides are choosing to order their bridal gown online, only trying it on for the first time when it is delivered to their homes. Gowns can be custom-sized, meaning that they are cut to your exact measurements. Knowing how to take the measurements correctly is therefore essential.

Different countries, regions and clothing manufacturers use different size tables, so be aware of this when ordering online, especially bridal wear and occasion wear. It is important to bear this in mind if you are traveling or plan to buy clothing online from overseas.

Here are some tips on taking your measurements:

Measuring the bust: This is not necessarily your bra size. Wearing a well-fitting bra, run the measuring tape around your back and take it across the fullest part of your bust, keeping your arms relaxed by your sides.

Measuring the waist: Measure the smallest part of your waist, known as the natural waistline. This is usually about an inch higher than your belly button. Do not breathe in whilst taking this measurement!

Measuring the hips: Measure the widest part of your hips across the hipbone. The measurement is taken about 7 inches below your natural waistline (explained above). This measurement is only needed for close-fitting dresses and gowns.

Measuring the hollow to floor: Many online wedding dress companies ask you for the measurement from your hollow just under your neck to the floor. Stand upright, with bare feet, and keep your feet together. 

It is important to know your exact size when ordering clothes online or when shopping overseas.

Learn how to take your measurements with this free video, and use the size tables below to choose the right size.

 

Women’s dress sizes (US)
Size 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
  inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm
Bust 32 ½ 83 33 ½ 84 34 ½ 88 35 ½ 90 36 ½ 93 38 97 39 ½ 100 41 104
Waist 25 ½ 65 26 ½ 68 27 ½ 70 28 ½ 72 29 ½ 75 31 79 32 ½ 83 34 86
Hips 35 ¾ 91 36 ¾ 92 37 ¾ 96 38 ¾ 98 39 ¾ 101 41 ¼ 105 42 ¾ 109 44 ¼ 112
Women’s plus sizes (US)
Plus Size 14W 16W 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W
  inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm inch cm
Bust 41 104   43 109 45 114 47 119 49 124 51 130 53 135
Waist 34 86 36 ¼ 92 38 ½ 98 40 ¾ 104 43 109 45 ¼ 115 47 ½ 121
Hips 43 ½   110 45 ½   116   47  ½   121   49 ½   126   51 ½   131   53 ½   136   55 ½   141  

 

Size tables of women's dresses and suits worldwide

United States

00  

0

2

4

6

8

10

12  

14  

16  

18  

20

Japan

1

3

5

7

9

11

13

15

17

19

21

23

UK and ROI

2

4

6

8

10  

12  

14  

16

18

20

22

24

France, Spain and Portugal

30

32  

34  

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

52

Germany and Scandinavia

30

32

34

36  

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

52

Italy

34

36  

38

40

42

44

46  

48

50

52

54

56

Size tables of women’s blouses and sweaters worldwide

EU

40

42

44

46

48

50

UK

34

36

38

40

41

44

US

32

34

36

38

40

42

Women's clothing sizes and measurements worldwide

UK

 

8

10

12

14

16

USA

 

6

8

10

12

14

Continental

 

36

38

40

42

44

Japanese

 

7

9

11

13

15

Bust

 

32"

34"

36"

38"

40"

Waist

 

24"

26"

28"

30"

32"

   

61cm  

66cm  

71cm  

76cm

81cm

Hip

 

35"

37"

39"

41"

43"

   

89cm

94cm

99cm

104cm  

109cm

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