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STANDARD SIZES UNITED KINGDOM

Clothes sizes
BS 3666 Size designations of women's wear BS 6185 Size designations of men's wear BS 3728 Size designation of children's and infants' wear BS EN 13402-1 Size designation of clothes - definitions and body measurements procedures BS EN 13402-2 Size designation of clothes - primary and secondary dimensions BS EN 13402-3 Size designation of clothes - measurements and intervals (These three standards are designed to introduce a common sizing system across Europe.)

British Standard 3666 : 1982, Size Designation of Womens Wear In the UK womens clothing size is traditionally indicated by numbers. In 1982 the British Standards Institute produced a standard set of sizes from 8 to 32 quoted in centimetres. Unfortunately, there is no requirement for manufacturers or stores to use the British Standard resulting in a range of size indications for the same size of garment from different sellers. A new standard BS EN 13402 is intended to replace this system with one in which actual measurements are used, however this is not yet in common use.

This table shows the sizes as given by the British Standard.

Size

Hips from

To

Bust from

to

cm
8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 83 87 91 95 100 105 110 115 120 125

in
32.7 34.3 35.8 37.4 39.4 41.3 43.3 45.3 47.2 49.2

cm
87 91 95 99 104 109 114 119 124 129

in
34.3 35.8 37.4 39.0 40.9 42.9 44.9 46.9 48.8 50.8

cm
78 82 86 90 95 100 105 110 115 120

in
30.7 32.3 33.9 35.4 37.4 39.4 41.3 43.3 45.3 47.2

cm
82 86 90 94 99 104 109 114 119 124

in
32.3 33.9 35.4 37.0 39.0 40.9 42.9 44.9 46.9 48.8

28
30 32

130
135 140

51.2
53.1 55.1

134
139 144

52.8
54.7 56.7

125
130 135

49.2
51.2 53.1

129
134 139

50.8
52.8 54.7

Women's Body Measurements for Regular and Petite Clothing Sizes


Garme nt Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large

UK Size

10

12

13

14

15

16

18

20

22

Bust

34 1/2

35 1/2

36 1/2

37 1/2

39

40 1/2

42

44

46

Waist

26 1/2

27 1/2

28 1/2

29 1/2

31

32 1/2

34

36

38

Hip

36 1/2

37 1/2

38 1/2

39 1/2

41

42 1/2

44

46

48

Hand

6 1/2"

7"

7 1/2"

8"

Jackets, Shirts, and Outerwear Measurements for Men


Garment Size Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large

Jacket Chest Size

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

52

Pant Waist Size

30

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

Shirt Neck Size

14 1/2"

15 " 15 1/2"

16" 16 1/2"

17 " 17 1/2"

18" 18 1/2"

Arm Length from CB*

33

33 1/2" - 34

34 1/2" - 35

35 1/2" - 36

36 1/2" - 37

According to this recent article on http://www.dailymail.co.uk , 45% of British women have a rectangular body shape, while less than 1 in 10 have a true hourglass figure.
The research suggests there are some significant differences between British women and those on the continent. Here, the average bust size is biggest - at 37.5in. Dutch women, have the thickest waists at an average of 32in. Britons rank second at 31.6in. In terms of hips, the Germans and Dutch are most bottom heavy at 39.6in.The British are at 38.8in, slightly above the Italians at 38.4in.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/towerhamlets/size.htm http://www.bsieducation.org/Education/HE/fashion-textiles/fashion-textile.shtml http://www.orvis.co.uk/intro.aspx?subject=237 www.wikipedia.com