The ultimate guide to dress size conversion

This information was sourced from Finder.com.au

Wondering if you’re actually a size 12 or a 14? Sizes seem to differ from store to store in Australia alone, so online shopping opens up a whole new world of confusion with international sizing. To try and make sense of it – we’ve researched a few different sources and constructed a few handy conversion charts for all your international online shopping needs.

A few easy rules to remember:

  • AU dress sizing is the same as UK
  • Minus 2 sizes to get your US size
  • S/M/L can vary hugely – always check the retailer’s own sizing chart
  • French sizes are also used in Belgium and Portugal
  • German sizes are also used in Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Women’s Dress Sizes in measurements:

Australian size Bust Waist Hips
INCHES CM INCHES CM INCHES CM
4 32 78 24.5 60 34 84
6 33 80.5 25.5 62.5 35 86.5
8 34 83 26.5 65 36 89
10 36 88 28.5 70 38 94
12 38 93 30.5 75 40 99
14 40 98 32.5 80 42 104
16 42 103 34.5 85 44 109
18 45 110.5 37.5 92.5 47 116.5
20 50 127 42.9 109 54.7 139
22 52.8 134 45.7 116 57.5 146
24 55.5 141 48.4 123 60.2 153

Women’s Dress Size Chart: International

Australia 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
UK 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
France & Spain 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
Germany 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54
Italy 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56
USA 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Japan 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 27

Men’s shirt sizes – in measurements:

Size Chest Neck
INCHES CM INCHES CM
XXXS 30-32 76-81 14 36
XXS 32-34 81-86 14.5 37.5
XS 34-36 86-91 15 38.5
S 36-38 91-96 15.5 39.5
M 38-40 96-101 16 41.5
L 40-42 101-106 17 43.5
XL 42-44 106-111 17.5 45.5
XXL 44-46 111-116 18.5 47.5
XXXL 46-48 116-121 19.5 49.5

Men’s jacket/suit sizes – international:

USA UK Italy France Australia Japan Chest (inches) Chest (CM)
34 34 44 44 34 S 34 86
36 36 46 46 36 36 92
38 38 48 48 38 M 38 97
40 40 50 50 40 L 40 102
42 42 52 52 42 42 107
44 44 54 54 44 LL 44 112

Men’s trouser sizes:

USA UK Italy France Australia Japan Waist (inches) Waist (cm)
28 28 44 28 28 XS 28 71
29 29 45 29 29 29 74
30 30 46 30 30 S 30 76
31 31 47 31 31 31 79
32 32 48 32 32 M 32 81
33 33 49 33 33 33 84
34 34 50 34 34 L 34 86
35 35 51 35 35 35 89
36 36 52 36 36 XL 36 92
37 37 53 37 37 37 94
38 38 54 38 38 2XL 38 97
39 39 55 39 39 39 99
40 40 56 40 40 3XL 40 102

What clothes size should i be for my height?

There is no specific size you should be for your height, your overall health cannot be determined only by dress size, so it’s best to see a doctor if you want advice on what a healthy size would be for you. The average height and weight for a woman in Australia is 70kg and about 161cm tall.


How to find your dress size?

The best way to determine your dress size is to use a conversion chart such as the ones above. These are based on our research across the web, but if a retailer you’re buying from has their own, it’s best to check that out. Use a tape measure to get accurate bust, waist and hip measurements at home.


What dress size is a ‘Medium’?

This varies from brand to brand and by country. Some stores will consider a medium to be a size 10, while others a size 12-14. As an average, a Medium is likely to be a around a size 12. Generally a Small will be an AU 8-10 and a Large an AU 14-16. An Extra Small is likely to be a size 6, with an Extra Large likely to be a size 18. This is all dependent on retailers, dress cut and shape — so we’d always recommend trying a dress on, checking the store’s own sizing chart or using a retailer with free returns.


What dress size is plus size?

It absolutely depends on the retailers, but a lot of plus size-specific retailers will stock from a size 14 or 16

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