Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.

The ultimate guide to dress size conversion

Find out what size you are when ordering from other countries online.

Updated . What changed?

Fact checked
Use a discount code to save Show me the deals

Wondering if you’re actually a size 12 or a 14? Sizes seem to differ from store to store in New Zealand 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:

  • NZ dress sizing is the same as AU and 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

If you’re shopping for a dress, why not take a peek at our top sales and discount codes. Maybe the dress you want is on sale!


Women’s dress sizes in measurements

New Zealand SizeBustWaistHips
InchesCMInchesCMInchesCM
4327824.5603484
63380.525.562.53586.5
8348326.5653689
10368828.5703894
12389330.5754099
14409832.58042104
164210334.58544109
1845110.537.592.547116.5
205012742.910954.7139
2252.813445.711657.5146
2455.514148.412360.2153

Women’s dress size chart – international

New Zealand4681012141618202224
Australia4681012141618202224
UK4681012141618202224
France & Spain3234363840424446485052
Germany3436384042444648505254
Italy3638404244464850525456
USA02468101214161820
Japan5791113151719212327

Men’s shirt sizes in measurements

SizeChestNeck
InchesCMInchesCM
XXXS30-3276-811436
XXS32-3481-8614.537.5
XS34-3686-911538.5
S36-3891-9615.539.5
M38-4096-1011641.5
L40-42101-1061743.5
XL42-44106-11117.545.5
XXL44-46111-11618.547.5
XXXL46-48116-12119.549.5

Men’s jacket/suit size chart – international

USAUKItalyFranceNew ZealandJapanChest (Inches)Chest (CM)
3434444434S3486
36364646363692
3838484838M3897
4040505040L40102
424252524242107
4444545444LL44112

Men’s trouser size chart – international

USAUKItalyFranceNew ZealandJapanWaist (Inches)Waist (CM)
2828442828XS2871
29294529292974
3030463030S3076
31314731313179
3232483232M3281
33334933333384
3434503434L3486
35355135353589
3636523636XL3692
37375337373794
38385438382XL3897
39395539393999
40405640403XL40102

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 by dress size alone, 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 New Zealand is 72kg and about 165cm tall.


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 around a size 12. Generally a small will be a NZ 8–10 and a large a NZ 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 size 14 or 16 upwards.

Get a bargain with one of these discount codes:

boohoo boohoo

boohoo

Up to 80% off almost everything

Excludes sale and beauty. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

PatPat PatPat
Exclusive

PatPat

Up to 60% off: Back to school

Simply use the code and get up to 60% off at PatPat. Start from 2.99. T&Cs apply

Last verified

Exclusive

Coupon code ends

ECHT ECHT

ECHT

Up to 40% off sale

Get up to 40% off sale at ECHT. T&Cs apply

Last verified

Coltorti Boutique Coltorti Boutique
Exclusive

Coltorti Boutique

15% off site-wide

Simply use the code and get 15% off site-wide. T&Cs Apply

Last verified

Exclusive

Coupon code ends

The Market The Market

The Market

$10 off when you purchase over $50

Valid for a limited time only at TheMarket. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

PrettyLittleThing PrettyLittleThing

PrettyLittleThing

Up to 70% off 1000's of lines

Shop the sale section and save up to 70% off dresses, tops, swimwear, jumpsuits, crop tops and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

R.M. Williams R.M. Williams

R.M. Williams

50% off selected apparel and accessories

Discounts applied at checkout. Valid for a limited time only. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Michael Kors Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Enjoy up to 50% off: Michael Kors Sale Finale

Enjoy up to 50% off handbags, shoes, accessories and more at Michael Kors. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

City Beach City Beach

City Beach

Up to 70% off sale

Shop the sale section and save up to 70% off clothing, accessories, activewear and more for men, women and kids. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lovehoney Lovehoney

Lovehoney

Up to 70% off outlet

Enjoy up to 70% off sex toys, sexy lingerie, bondage, essentials and more at Lovehoney. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

More guides on Finder

Go to site