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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
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Women’s dress sizes in measurements
|New Zealand Size||Bust||Waist||Hips|
Women’s dress size chart – international
|France & Spain||32||34||36||38||40||42||44||46||48||50||52|
Men’s shirt sizes in measurements
Men’s jacket/suit size chart – international
|USA||UK||Italy||France||New Zealand||Japan||Chest (Inches)||Chest (CM)|
Men’s trouser size chart – international
|USA||UK||Italy||France||New Zealand||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 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.
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