Sixzing Chart
Sizing Guide for Woman’s’ Clothes Measurements

If you deal in vintage clothes as I do in my shop: The Cute Hunter you may have run into some issue with sizing. This has been the number 1 convo topic I receive generally asking about specific inch measurements. Sometimes you may find a cute item with the tags cut out by the previous owner (I know I immediately do this to any itchy tags) or you find something sized in a different system (UK sizing are especially tricky as they use the same numbers but they represent different measurements!). There are a lot of possible problems with sizing systems even in standard retail so its even more important when dealing in vintage goods and over the internet to be as explicit as possible.

While posting all provided manufacturing information on sizing (as well as care) is a good practice (additionally, I try to include a photo of the tag in one of the 5 photo slots), its also a good idea to include as many measurements as possible. Don’t forget to include the labeled size or your size estimate in the product title and tags as well as in your description as people often search for things in their size.

Tips for Taking Measurements:

  • Take all measurements laying flat. Do this on a clean floor or table. Hanging clothes can stretch as you measure and if you have them on a dress model of a different size this can skew your measurement.
  • Use a flexible tape measure at least 36″ long. Don’t try to take clothes measurements with  standard 12″ ruler you’ll end up with an inaccurate measurement.
  • Measure twice! If you dont get the same measurement both times try again.
  • Record measurement to the nearest 1/4 inch. Anything more specific is irrelevant but remember laying flat measurements are generally doubled (eg laying flat waist of 12.5″ can be understood as a 25″ waist) so a 1/4 inch could make a difference.
  • Take measurements when you’re taking photos. Trying to measure as your listing at your desk ends up taking a lot more time and energy moving back and forth between tasks.

While there are a smaller set of standard measurement you can take I like to provide as many measurements as possible. (I often have issues with fit in the upper arms so I am sure to include arm measurements too.)

Here is a list of the complete measurements I’ve developed over time. I take as many as are relevant to the item.

For tops and shirts

Approximate measurements (taken laying flat)

  • Bust (armpit to armpit flat):
  • Waist (smallest part across):
  • Hips (bottom hem or widest part across):
  • Length (from back collar to waist):
  • Shoulder Seam (from collar to top of sleeve)
  • Shoulder Width (from shoulder to shoulder):
  • Sleeve width: (Alternatively: ‘Arm Hole Width:’ for sleeveless tops)
  • Outside Sleeve (from shoulder to cuff):
  • Inside Sleeve (from armpit to cuff):

For Dresses
Approximate measurements (taken laying flat)

  • Bust (armpit to armpit flat):
  • Waist (smallest part across):
  • Hips (bottom hem or widest part across):
  • Top Length (from back collar to waist):
  • Skirt Length (from waist to hem)
  • Shoulder Seam (from collar to top of sleeve)
  • Shoulder Width (from shoulder to shoulder):
  • Sleeve width: (Alternatively: ‘Arm Hole Width:’ for sleeveless tops)
  • Outside Sleeve (from shoulder to cuff):
  • Inside Sleeve (from armpit to cuff):

For Pants
Approximate measurements (taken laying flat)

  • Waist:
  • Width of waist band (if relevant):
  • Inseam:
  • Outseam:
  • Leg width (at hip crease from crotch):
  • Ankle width (at cuff):

For Skirts
Approximate measurements (taken laying flat)

  • Waist:
  • Width of waist band (if relevant):
  • Hips:
  • Length:

For Bags:
Approximate measurements (taken laying flat)

  • Length:
  • Width:
  • Height:Strap length:
  • Zipper length
  • Additional pocket dimensions (people are often interested if their devices will fit in certain pockets so provide as much detail here as possible)

For Belts:
Approximate measurements (taken laying flat)

  • Total Length:
  • Width:
  • Placement of buckle holes (eg: 4 holes at 30″ 30.75″ 31.5″ and 32.25″)

Finally, for buyers, here is a great consumer guide to how to take your own measurements when shopping online from RetailEvolution.net

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