How to Determine Your Size
This page is designed to help you find your size so you can choose the clothes that are most comfortable and fits your body best. With all of the size discrepancies between brands and "vanity sizing", it's tough to actually know your size. It is always good to measure yourself once every 6 months to a year because we all know that our bodies constantly change. This will greatly decrease the chance of buying uncomfortable clothes. For teenagers, you should measure yourself more often. Everything on this page serves as a guideline. Click on each sizing to direct you to the tutorials or scroll down.
Head & Hat Sizing
Shirts & Tops Sizing
Shapers, Panties, Costumes Sizing
Bra Size Conversions
Head & Hat Sizing
Measuring for your head size is both an art and a science. You can use a tape measure (or a length of string that you will have to hold up to a tape measure) to determine the length. Place the string or tape around your head about 1" above your eyebrows, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head. Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly. Basically you need to measure your head exactly where the hat will sit. This is the circumference of your head. Divide that number by 3.14. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next largest size. Example: Circumference = 23 inches. 23/3.14 = 7.325 (round up to size 7 3/8).
Shirts & Tops Sizing
Measurements are taken from the clothing in it's natural (unstretched) state. Item may stretch for a better fit depending on the fabric. For unisex shirts and tops, there are 3 measurements as shown. Shoulder width is the measurement of the distance between the top of the shoulder seams. Chest width is the measurement between the seams where the bottom of the sleeves meet the shirt (armpit area). Length is the measurement from the top of the neckline to the bottom of the shirt.
Women's and girls' tops may not contain all of these measurements due to their specific characteristics. Waist measurements may be provided for form fitting tops. Length measurements are still measured from the top of the shoulder (including any straps) to the bottom of the garment unless stated otherwise.
Shapers, Panties, Costumes Sizing
Your waist size is the most important measurement for these items. It is even not recommended to choose solely by the name of the size (small, med, large, etc.) because apparently sizes vary alot among brands. Go by the actual measurements. Although your bust or hips might not be perfectly within the range, just make sure your waist is. You are going to need a tape measure. If you don't have access to one, you can use a rope, string, or even a long cord along with a pen or marker and a ruler. Measure yourself with the string, putting it around your specified body area. Mark the point where they meet with the pen. Lay the string out flat and measure with the ruler up to the marked point. This isn't as exact as a tape measure but should be good enough. Our bodies change size constantly, so it's recommended that you measure yourself once every six months to ensure you get the most comfortable clothes.
If your sizing chart says "Fits": The item will fit correctly if your measurement falls anywhere within the range indicated. There may be some overlapping of numbers between the sizes. If this is the case, you can choose either size, the smaller size will be more snug, the larger size will be more loose. Again, the waist is the most important measurement.
If your sizing chart says "Unstreched to Fully Stretched": These numbers on the chart were determined manually with a tape measure. The unstretched number is the measurement (all around) of the item lying flat. The fully stretched number is the measurement (all around) of the item stretched at its fullest. Ideal size is when your measurement is closest to the middle of the unstretched and fully stretched numbers of a size. This changes depending on how loose or snug you prefer because there can be overlapping of numbers between sizes. Again, the waist measurement is most important. WARNING: Do not choose the size that the fully stretched waist number is the same as your waist measurement, you should go at least one size higher.
This is NOT bust size or bra band size, though it can be easily confused with. Many clothing items that do not cover the breast or above uses the underbust measurement. It doesn't matter what cup size you are. The underbust area is the area of the torso directly underneat the breasts near the upper ribcage, as shown in the photo on the right.
Believe it or not, many women do not know exactly where their waist lies. If possible, just wear your undergarments. Chin-up and stand straight in front of a mirror, with shoulders thrown back. Breathe deeply to relax your abs. Start by locating your iliac crest, or the top part right above the pelvic bone. Position your finger on your torso, on the right side of your waist and dig your fingers to locate the pelvic bone under the skin. Push your fingers deep until you have found the top curve of the bone which is the iliac crest. This spot is generally at the same level as your belly button or at the narrowest part of your torso. Take a measuring tape and wrap it round your waist, beginning from the top of your hip bone and circle it around your abdomen. Keep the tape horizontal. Now sit straight and exhale gently. Don't suck in your gut while measuring, as it will give an incorrect reading. Gently breathe out as you pull the tape so that it stays firm against your body. However, don't squeeze the tape onto your skin. Note the number at the point where the “0” end of the tape intersects around your waist. This is your accurate waist size. Never suck in your gut or hold your breath when measuring as it will leave a faulty reading.
Tip: Most women find it difficult to locate their natural waist. If so, put on a pair of pantyhose or tight-fitting leggings and then bend sideways, first to your left and then right and let the elastic waist roll off naturally. The place where the elastic rolls off to is your natural waist.
Make certain that your clothes are tight fitting or that there is not a lot of loose material around the hip area. Take the loose tape measure and wrap it around your hip area. The tape measure should be secured at the fullest part of the hip area; this is almost always over the buttocks (usually about 7-9 inches below the waist). Use a small handheld mirror to look into the larger mirror. Make certain that the tape measure is straight and horizontal. The tape measure should also be snug as well but not cutting into your body.
Length: This is the measurement of the garment from the bottom to the underbust level. Generally the length of the hook & eye or zipper closure.
Rise: For pants and panties, this measurement is length from the bottom of the crotch to the top of the pant/panty in the front.
Crotch to Underbust: For full body shapers, this is taken from the lowest part of the crotch area up to the underbust. It is a good guideline for a torso measurement of full body shapers.
Panty to Elastic Top: This pertains to items that have a cincher and panty built in. The measurement is the length from the top of the panty to the top of the cincher on the front.
Inseam: This is for items that cover the thighs. Measurement is taken from bottom of crotch to bottom of thigh/leg section. This is to get an idea of how long the thigh sections go down your leg.
It's a fact that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. The common mistake is that the band size is too large and the cup size is too small. Your bra size changes as your weight fluctuates throughout the seasons and the years. Sometimes you go for so long wearing a specific size that you don't realize it doesn't fit well anymore and you stop noticing the discomfort. Below are four easy steps to accurately determine your bra size (for US sizes only, 2.54cm = 1 inch). You will need a tape measure and should measure yourself at least once a year. Please note that this is just a guideline and may not be correct for all bras as there no is no real consistent standard to sizes among different brands.
Special note for women with implants: Remember that implants tend to run wider than a natural breast. Therefore, if measurements show that you are a C cup, you may need to go up to a D cup in some styles of bras.
Wear your best supporting bra: The bra doesn't have to fit perfectly. The objective is to get your breasts to the position that the ideal bra would support, with the weight suspended comfortably. This step is optional, however, so if you can't find a bra with good support, just continue with your usual bra.
Determine your band size: Measure all the way around your body just underneath your breasts (underbust) and take a measurement in inches. Make sure the tape measure is horizontal and fairly snug. Your arms should be down. If the number is even, add 4 and if it is odd, add 5. This will give you your band size. For instance, if you measured 28 inches, your band size will be 32.
Measure your bust size: Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust in inches (not too tightly or the measurement will be inaccurate). If you don't have a bra, or if the one you have is very poorly fitting, bend over so your back is parallel to the floor and measure around your chest, over your nipples. Round this measurement up to the nearest whole number in inches.
Calculate your cup size: Subtract the band size measurement from the bust measurement and determine your cup size as follows. For instance, if your band size is 32 and your bust size is 34, then your cup size is B cup. (The cup size calculation may be less accurate for larger cup sizes.)
less than 1 inch = AA cup
1 inch = A cup
2 inches = B cup
3 inches = C cup
4 inches = D cup
5 inches = DD cup
6 inches = E cup (US DDD)
7 inches = F cup (US DDDD)
8 inches = FF cup
9 inches = G cup
Bra Size Conversions
This chart is not 100% guaranteed because we all know sizes can vary a bit between brands.
| US|| UK|| EUR/International|| France|| AUS|| Japan|| Italy|
| 32A|| 32B|| 70B|| 85B|| 10A|| A70|| 1A|
| 32B|| 32C|| 70C|| 85C|| 10B|| B70|| 1B|
| 32C|| 32D|| 70D|| 85D|| 10D|| C70|| 1C|
| 32D|| 32DD|| 70DD|| 85DD|| 10DD|| D70|| 1D|
| 34A|| 34B|| 75B|| 90B|| 12A|| A75|| 2A|
| 34B|| 34C|| 75C|| 90C|| 12B|| B75|| 2B|
| 34C|| 34D|| 75D|| 90D|| 12C|| C75|| 2C|
| 34D|| 34DD|| 75DD|| 90DD|| 12D|| D75|| 2D|
| 34DD|| 34E|| 75E|| 90E|| 12DD|| E75|| 2DD|
| 34F|| 34F|| 75F|| 90F|| 12F|| F75|| 2E|
| 36A|| 36B|| 80B|| 95B|| 14A|| A80|| 3A|
| 36B|| 36C|| 80C|| 95C|| 14B|| B80|| 3B|
| 36C|| 36D|| 80D|| 95D|| 14C|| C80|| 3C|
| 36D|| 36DD|| 80DD|| 95DD|| 14D|| D80|| 3D|
| 36DD|| 36E|| 80E|| 95E|| 14DD|| E80|| 3DD|
| 36F|| 36F|| 80F|| 95F|| 14F|| F80|| 3E|
| 38A|| 38B|| 85B|| 100B|| 16A|| 85A|| 4A|
| 38B|| 38C|| 85C|| 100C|| 16B|| 85B|| 4B|
| 38C|| 38D|| 85D|| 100D|| 16C|| 85C|| 4C|
| 38D|| 38DD|| 85DD|| 100DD|| 16D|| 85D|| 4D|
| 38DD|| 38E|| 85E|| 100E|| 16DD|| 85E|| 4DD|
| 38F|| 38F|| 85F|| 100F|| 16F|| 85F|| 4E|
| 40A|| 40B|| 90B|| 105B|| 18A|| 90A|| 5A|
| 40B|| 40C|| 90C|| 105C|| 18B|| 90B|| 5B|
| 40C|| 40D|| 90D|| 105D|| 18C|| 90C|| 5C|
| 40D|| 40DD|| 90DD|| 105DD|| 18D|| 90D|| 5D|
| 40DD|| 40E|| 90E|| 105E|| 18DD|| 90E|| 5DD|
| 40F|| 40F|| 90F|| 105F|| 18F|| 90F|| 5E|
| 42A|| 42B|| 92B|| 110B|| 20A|| 95A|| 6A|
| 42B|| 42C|| 92C|| 110C|| 20B|| 95B|| 6B|
| 42C|| 42D|| 92D|| 110D|| 20C|| 95C|| 6C|
| 42D|| 42DD|| 92DD|| 110DD|| 20D|| 95D|| 6D|
| 42DD|| 42E|| 92E|| 110E|| 20DD|| 95E|| 6DD|
| 42F|| 42F|| 92F|| 110F|| 20F|| 95F|| 6E|