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Large Ladies'
Clothing
Size Charts

Tableau grandes tailles (femmes)

Größentabelle für damen (Übergrößen)



U.S. Dress Size Chart
U.K. Dress Size Chart
E.U. (European) Dress Size Chart/Guide des tailles
Australian Dress Size Chart

Conversion Table (Dress Size Charts)

Bra Sizes (Measuring)
Bra Size Charts/Soutien-Gorge

Hosiery Sizes

Shoe Size Charts/Chaussures


Dress Size Charts:

Published size charts vary considerably, so the charts shown below are an approximate average from various charts.

U.S. Size Chart:

U.S. Sizes 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
U.S. Sizes 1x 1x 2x 2x 3x 3x 4x 4x 5x 5x 6x 6x 7x 7x 8x 8x 9x 9x 10x 10x
Bust (inches) 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78
Waist (inches) 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70
Hips (inches) 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80


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U.K. Size Chart:

U.K. Sizes 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
Bust (inches) 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76
Bust (cm) 102 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 158 163 168 173 178 183 188 193
Waist (inches) 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68
Waist (cm) 81 86 91 97 102 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 158 163 168 173
Hips (inches) 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78
Hips (cm) 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 158 163 168 173 178 183 188 193 198


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E.U. (European) Size Chart/Guide des tailles:

E.U. Sizes 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78
Bust (inches) 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76
Bust (cm) 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 158 163 168 173 178 183 188 193
Waist (inches) 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68
Waist (cm) 86 91 97 102 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 158 163 168 173
Hips (inches) 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78
Hips (cm) 112 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 158 163 168 173 178 183 188 193 198


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Australian Size Chart:

Aust. Sizes 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
Bust (inches) 41 43 45 48 51 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78
Bust (cm) 104 109 114 122 130 137 142 147 152 157 163 168 173 178 183 188 193 198
Waist (inches) 33 35 37 40 43 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70
Waist (cm) 84 89 94 102 109 117 122 127 132 137 142 147 152 158 163 168 173 178
Hips (inches) 43 45 47 50 53 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80
Hips (cm) 109 114 119 127 135 142 147 152 158 163 168 173 178 183 188 193 198 203


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Conversion table between U.S., U.K., European, Australian and Russian size charts:

Published conversion tables vary, so the table below is an approximate guide only.

U.S. Sizes 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
U.K. Sizes 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54
E.U. Sizes 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80
Aust. Sizes 16-18 18-20 20-22 22 24 26 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52
Russian Sizes 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86


Note that many Australian and European clothing merchants have adopted the U.S. systems.

Also note that some suppliers have their own special sizing systems.





Bra Sizes (Measuring)

The system used in North America and the U.K. is not standardised, and there are large variations between manufacturers. Europe has a number of systems, with the EU system (based on the French system) becoming the standard.

Bra Band Size

Methods of calculating this vary a little, but the most common (for U.K. and North America) is the following: Measure around the torso just below the bust (in inches). If the measurement is an odd number, then add five inches to obtain the bra band size. If the measurement is an even number, then add four inches. For example, if the under-bust measurement was either 45 or 46 inches, then your bra size would be 50 inches.

Some makers recommend measuring above the bust, just below armpits, and taking this size (in inches) as the bra band size.

When measuring, the tape-measure should be kept level with the floor (with you standing up straight), and so it is better to have an assistant to help measure accurately (or get professionally measured). It should also be done when wearing a bra.

To confuse matters, some makers don't follow the above method for their larger sizes. For example, Aviana (an excellent brand from feedback I've heard) follow the "add 4 or 5 inches" rule for under-bust measurements up to 37 inches. For larger sizes, one has to add slightly less. E.g. If the measurement under the bust is 39 to 41", then band size is 42. Or for 42 to 44", the band is 44. 45 to 46" corresponds with a 46 band size for Aviana's sizing.

For European bra band sizing, measure under the bust (unterbrustweite/dessous de poitrine) in centimetres. For many countries outside France (including Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany) this measurement gives the bra size. For France and standard EU sizing, add 15cm to this measurement (dessous de poitrine + 15cm) to obtain the bra size.

Problems for extra large ladies

For very large ladies, the above measuring system may prove unreliable for getting a good fit, even if measured professionally. The problem is that parts of your sides or back may be quite soft, and the bra band will sink in to some extent. But it is hard to know how tightly to hold the tape-measure, and there is a tendency to come up with a band measurement too large.

The solution is to experiment to find what size does fit. It is common for well-endowed ladies to wear a band size too large combined with a cup size too small. The shoulder straps are not there to support weight (the weight is taken by the band acting as a cantilever), and so they should not be digging in. If they are, it's possible that the band size is too large. A careful check of the cup fit should make it obvious if they are too small. Try a few cut-priced bras to establish the best fit, but keep in mind that sizing varies between makers as shown in tables on this page (see below). Underwired bras might be too uncomfortable for some ladies, and sadly, it is harder to find attractive wire-free bras (or ones that can be worn with a low neckline).

Cup Size

Measure your bust around its fullest part while wearing a bra. Subtract your bra band size from your bust measurement and then find the cup size from a bra size table, such as the one shown below. This is where manufacturers vary considerably, more so at larger cup sizes.



Bra Size Charts:

In the UK you will find two popular sizing systems (although individual makers can vary slightly). One system avoids using any double letters except for DD, and the other does use all the double letters except for B, C and E. Both systems miss out letter I (and II).

In the USA, the letter I is used, but each maker's system varies quite a lot.

The table below shows the cup sizing for some plus-size bra makers:

Bust minus
band size
1"
2.5cm
2"
5cm
3"
7.5cm
4"
10.5cm
5"
12.5cm
6"
15cm
7"
18cm
8"
20.5cm
9"
22cm
10"
25.5cm
11"
28cm
12"
30.5cm
13"
33cm
14"
35.5cm
15"
38cm
Aviana B C D DD/E F G H I J K
Berdita B C D DD E F FF G GG
Curvy
Kate
D DD E F FF G GG H HH J JJ K
Elila B C D DD/E F G H I J K L M N
Elomi D DD E F FF G GG H HH J JJ K
Fancee
Free
A B C D DD/E DDD/F G H I J K L
Fantasie B C D DD E F FF G GG H HH J JJ K
Freya A B C D DD E F FF G GG H HH J JJ K
Glamorise B C D E F G H I J
Goddess
(Classic)
B C D DD DDD F FF G H I J
Goddess
(NEW)
B C D DD DDD G H I J K L M N
Leading
Lady
A B C D E F G H I J
Le Mystere A B C D E F G H
Lepel B C D DD E F FF G
Miss Mary of Sweden C D DD E F G H
Panache A B C D DD E F FF G GG H HH J JJ K
Prima
Donna
B C D DD F G H
Rigby and
Peller
B C D DD DDD/E F FF G GG H HH
Royce B C D DD E F G H J K L
Shapely Figures C D DD E F G H J K L
Simply
Me
C D DD E F FF G GG H HH J JJ
Tatiana A B C D DD/E DDD/F
Triumph B C D DD E F G H J K
Ulla B C D E F G H I
Venus by
Cortland
A B C D DD DDD DDDD
Bust minus
band size
1"
2.5cm
2"
5cm
3"
7.5cm
4"
10.5cm
5"
12.5cm
6"
15cm
7"
18cm
8"
20.5cm
9"
22cm
10"
25.5cm
11"
28cm
12"
30.5cm
13"
33cm
14"
35.5cm
15"
38cm



Bra Conversion Table

Here is a conversion table for bra band sizes between USA/UK sizes, Australian sizes, and European metric sizes (cm):

USA/UK Australian Standard EU/French (cm) European
(Russia/Suisse/Deutschland/Sverige) (cm)
32 10 85 70
34 12 90 75
36 14 95 80
38 16 100 85
40 18 105 90
42 20 110 95
44 22 115 100
46 24 120 105
48 26 125 110
50 28 130 115
52 30 135 120
54 32 140 125
56 34 145 130
58 36 150 135
60 38 155 140




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Hosiery Sizes

Sizing of hosiery takes into account both height and weight. The greater your height, the lower the weight that a given size of hosiery will fit. When viewing charts, allowances need to be made if your hips/legs are large or small in build in relation to the rest of your figure. Some manufacturers have their own size charts. Here is an approximate guide:

Queen Size = Plus Size = 1-3X: Approx. 170-200lbs (75-90kg) and 5' 2" to 6' (158-183cm) tall.

Queen 2 = 3/4X: Approx. 185-250lbs (85-115kg) and 5' 6" to 6' (168-183cm) tall.
Queen 3 = 5/6X

"Levee" tights: Size 5, approx. 170-210lbs (75-95kg) and 5' to 6' 1" (152-185cm) tall.
"Levee" tights: Size 6, approx. 200-270lbs (90-120kg) and 5' 3" to 6' 4" (152-193cm) tall.

"Levee" stockings: 4X = 44-46" (112-117cm) hips
"Levee" stockings: 5X = 48-50" (122-127cm) hips
"Levee" stockings: 6X = 52-54" (132-137cm) hips
"Levee" stockings: 7X = 56-58" (142-147cm) hips
"Levee" stockings: 8X = 58-60" (147-152cm) hips

"Cette" tights: Large = 48-53" (122-135cm) hips
"Cette" tights: XLarge = 53-57" (135-145cm) hips
"Cette" tights: XXLarge = 57-60" (145-152cm) hips


Ladies' Shoe Size Charts

Conversion chart for USA, UK, Australian and European shoe sizes, including lengths in inches and centimetres (cm). Note that this chart is an approximate average of several charts, since published charts vary.

USA UK Euro Aust. Inches cm
4 2 35 3 8.5 21.6
5 3 36 4 8.75 22.2
6 4 37 5 9 22.9
7 5 38 6 9.25 23.5
8 6 39 7 9.5 24.1
9 7 40 8 10 25.4
10 8 41 9 10.25 26
11 9 42 10 10.5 26.7
12 10 43 11 10.75 27.3
13 11 44 12 11 27.9
14 12 45.5 13 11.25 28.6
15 13 47 14 11.5 29.2
16 14 48.5 15 11.75 29.9
17 15 50 16 12 30.5



Ladies' Shoe Widths

Here is a list of shoe-width designations, starting from the narrowest, AAAA (note that different manufacturers' charts vary, and men's sizing may also differ from the ladies' width charts):

AAAA = 4A
AAA = 3A
AA = 2A = N = Narrow
A
B = M = Medium
C = MW = Medium-Wide
D = W = Wide
E
EE = 2E = WW = EW = XW = Extra-Wide
EEE = 3E
EEEE = 4E
EEEEE = 5E
EEEEEE = 6E
EEEEEEE = 7E


The table below shows the width in inches of the foot for several combinations of USA shoe size and width designations. This is only an approximate guide since different manufacturers' sizes vary:

US Size 9 10 11 12 13 14
Width
B (M) 3.6 3.75 3.9 4 4.1 4.25
C 3.8 3.95 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.45
D (W) 4 4.15 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.65
EE (WW) 4.3 4.45 4.6 4.7 4.85 5


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To find clothing suppliers for the larger lady, visit the following pages:

Australia Plus Size Clothes

Canada Plus Size Clothes

UK Plus Size Clothes

USA Plus Size Clothes


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