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:
Women’s Dress Size Chart: International
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Men’s shirt sizes - in measurements:
Men’s jacket/suit sizes - international:
|USA||UK||Italy||France||Australia||Japan||Chest (inches)||Chest (CM)|
Men’s trouser sizes:
|USA||UK||Italy||France||Australia||Japan||Waist (inches)||Waist (cm)|
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.