Size Guide

 

 

Taking Your Measurements

Measurements operate differently from one gender to another, and from one clothing manufacturer to another. A size ten dress from one designer and a size sixteen from another could essentially be the same garment. For this reason, once you have your bodily measurements, it's important to always consult the manufacturer's size chart to see where you fall.

Taking your measurements is easier if you have someone help with the process - it's more accurate this way - and if possible you should wear no more than your undergarments when measuring. If you are fully clothed, remember to account for the thickness of your clothing and adjust the final numbers to suit. A simple tailor's measuring tape can be acquired from any department store or variety retailer, most usually for under two dollars, and is the best tool to use for this purpose.

When measuring, the tape should always be held even with the floor. You should stand comfortably, but be sure you're standing straight up with correct posture during your measurement.

Measuring Your Chest and Bust

This is necessary for determining the size of your tops and any dresses you plan to wear, as well as for proper bra sizing. To measure your chest, the tape should be drawn - firmly against your body - just under your nipples. Remember, the tape should be absolutely parallel with the floor as it runs around your back.

To find your bust size, put on a bra and fill it to the same extent you would normally wear, including the use of any aids or prostheses such as breast forms. Measure the same way you did for your chest, with the tape passing over the fullest part of your bra, just tight enough to keep it from sliding downward elsewhere around your body.

Your cup size measurement is the difference, in inches, between your chest and bust measurements. More information on this measurement can be found further below.

Measuring Your Waist

For the purposes of determining clothes sizes, the waist can be found at a different place on your body depending on the target gender for your clothing.

For FtM (male clothing) measurements:

Keeping the measuring tape level with the floor, measure around your midsection immediately below your navel.

For MtF (female clothing) measurements:

Hold the tape at the narrowest part of your waist, which is about halfway between the topmost point on your hip bone and the lowest point on your rib cage.

Measuring Your Hips

To find this measurement, draw the tape firmly around the largest - that is, widest - part of your hips and buttocks.

Bra Sizes

While it is helpful to know exactly how your bust measures when filled, you can also estimate sizes if you've not yet worn a bra. The numerical measurement for your bra is taken directly from your chest size. If, just under the nipples, you measure 38 inches, then your bra size is 38.

Use this table to determine the appropriate cup size for your bra:

Inches between bust and chest:
0.5
1
2
3
4
5
5.5
Appropriate cup size:
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
F


Using the example from above, if your chest measures 38 inches and you want to wear a C cup bra - for a complete bra size of 38C - you should account for an extra three inches of space between your chest and bust measurements. Your total bust measurement, then, would be 41 inches.

Issues with Bra Fitting

  • Breast spilling out of your bra? Your cup size is too small.
  • Top of the bra cup pressing too hard on your breast? Your cup size is too small.
  • Bra doesn't firmly hold breasts? Your cup size is too large.
  • Bra band doesn't stay firmly in place? The bra itself is too large or you need to tighten the straps.
  • Bra strap places too much pressure on your shoulders? Loosen the back strap.
  • Bra straps won't stay on the shoulder? Tighten the back strap.

Measurements in Centimeters

Body ("Dress") Size
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
Underbust Centimeters
67 - 72
72 - 77
77 - 82
82 - 87
87 - 92
92 - 97
97 - 102
A Cup Centimeters
82 - 84
87 - 89
92 - 94
97 - 99
102 - 104
107 - 109
112 - 114
B Cup Centimeters
84 - 86
89 - 91
94 - 96
99 - 101
104 - 106
109 - 111
114 - 116
C Cup Centimeters
86 - 88
91 - 93
96 - 98
101 - 103
106 - 108
111 - 113
116 - 118
D Cup Centimeters
88 - 90
93 - 95
98 - 100
103 - 105
108 - 110
113 - 115
118 - 120
DD Cup Centimeters
90 - 92
95 - 97
100 - 102
105 - 107
110 - 112
115 - 117
120 - 122
F Cup Centimeters
- - -
99 - 101
104 - 106
109 - 111
114 - 116
119 - 121
124 - 126


International Bra Size Conversion

US UK France Australia International
32AA 32A 85A 10AA 70A
32A 32B 85B 10A 70B
32B 32C 85C 10B 70C
32C 32D 85D 10C 70D
32D 32DD 85DD 10D 70DD
34AA 34A 90A 12AA 75A
34A 34B 90B 12A 75B
34B 34C 90C 12B 75C
34C 34D 90D 12C 75D
34D 34DD 90DD 12D 75E
34DD 34E 90E 12DD 75E
36AA 36A 95A 14AA 80A
36A 36B 95B 14A 80B
36B 36C 95C 14B 80C
36C 36C 95D 14C 80D
36D 36DD 95DD 14D 80DD
36DD 36E 95E 14DD 80E
38AA 38A 100A 16AA 85A
38A 38B 100B 16A 85B
38B 38C 100C 16B 85C
38C 38D 100D 16C 85D
38D 38DD 100DD 16D 85DD
38DD 38E 100E 16DD 85E
40A 40B 105B 18A 90B
40B 40C 105C 18B 90C
40C 40D 105D 18C 90D
40D 40DD 105DD 18D 90DD
40DD 40E 105E 18DD 90E


Finding Your Dress and Clothing Sizes

Determining the right dress or clothing size for a traditionally masculine body can be difficult. Using the table below, find the size that correlates to your measurements for your bust, waist, and hips, based on your height. You'll probably find that each of these three measurements tells you you should wear a different dress size, but don't let that alarm you - many people with traditionally feminine bodies have the same issue. In most cases, you'll want to choose the largest of the sizes indicated.

As an example, let's say your bust is 42 inches, your waist is 32 inches, and your hips are 38 inches.

  • A 42 inch bust points to a size 20 dress.
  • A 32 inch waist calls for a size 16 dress.
  • Hips measuring 38 inches suggest a size 14 dress.


In the vast majority of cases, you would want to shop for a size 20 dress. Anything smaller would seriously constrict - and possibly distort - your bustline. Remember to consult the dressmaker's size chart. All sizes are not created equal. If these are your measurements, you may fit well into a few size 20 dresses, only to find one manufacturer whose size 20 compares to what you would be used to seeing as a size 26. Always be sure to compare your actual measurements to the manufacturer's charts before making a purchase.

Height Chart
Your Height Your Size Category
5'4" or under Petite Misses or Petite Juniors
5'4 1/2" to 5'8" Misses or Juniors
5'9" to 5'11" Tall Misses or Tall Juniors


When consulting this chart, remember that other measurements may get in the way. Generally speaking, your body will conform to these guidelines. But they are only guidelines. If you have broader shoulders than others of your height, you may need to shop for clothing in the next category above what's recommended. Don't be afraid to try things on - this is the only way you'll learn how your body fits the clothing that's available.

Blouses and Sweaters

These articles of clothing are generally sized by bust measurement, but you should be prepared to account for the span of your shoulders when shopping. Traditionally feminine bodies tend to be slimmer in the shoulders than traditionally masculine bodies, so you may have to choose a size up to account for this. Also, if you have a choice between "standard" and "Raglan" shoulder types, you should generally choose the Raglan. Raglan shoulders have no seams around the shoulder, so you may be able to take a smaller size.

Sleeve length is an afterthought in sizing for these articles of clothing, but one trans women must be mindful of. All other things being equal, you may find that an "appropriately" sized blouse or sweater has sleeves that end closer to your elbow than your wrist. If you find this to be the case, try the next size up.

Below you'll find tables that show you how clothes measure up to traditionally named sizes. All numerical sizes are in inches.

Petite Tops
Size XS S M L XL
- - 2P 4P 6P 8P 10P 12P 14P 16P 18P
Bust 32 33 34 35 36 37 1/2 39 40 1/2 42 1/2
Petite Bottoms
Size XS S M L XL
- - 2P 4P 6P 8P 10P 12P 14P 16P 18P
Waist 24 25 26 27 28 29 1/2 31 32 1/2 34 1/2
Hip 34 1/2 35 1/2 36 1/2 37 1/2 38 1/2 40 41 1/2 43 45
Inseam
Short 27 Average 29
Regular Tops
Size XS S M L XL
- - 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Bust 32 1/2 33 1/2 34 1/2 35 1/2 36 1/2 38 39 1/2 41 43
Regular Bottoms
Size XS S M L XL
- - 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Waist 24 1/2 25 1/2 26 1/2 27 1/2 28 1/2 30 31 1/2 33 35
Hip 35 36 37 38 39 40 1/2 42 43 1/2 45 1/2
Inseam
Short 29 Average 31 Tall 33


Plus Tops
Size 1X 2X 3X
- - 16W 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W
Bust 44 46 48 50 52 44
Plus Bottoms
Size 1X 2X 3X
- - 16W 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W
Waist 39 41 43 45 47 49
Hip 47 49 51 53 55 57
Inseam for all sizes: 30


Panties

Panties
Hips (Inches) Panty Size
32 - 34 5
35 - 37 6
38 - 40 7
41 - 42 8
43 - 44 9
45 - 46 10
Briefs
Hips (Centimeters) Brief Size
67 - 72 10
72 - 77 12
77 - 82 14
82 - 87 16
87 - 92 18
92 - 97 20


A note about undergarments: women's undergarments are designed for traditionally female bodies. This means they don't account for physically external genitalia. Especially if you are at the larger end of the range for your undergarment size, you may want to consider buying the next size up to avoid physical discomfort.

Shoes

Shoe sizing is generally straightforward regardless of the gender for which you're shopping. As a basic rule, if you are transitioning from male to female, shop for shoes one-and-a-half to two numerical sizes larger than you would normally wear. For those transitioning from female to male, the reverse is true; simply shop one-and-a-half to two sizes lower than the number you usually wear.

For either gender, you can determine a roughly accurate shoe size based on the length of your feet in inches. To do this, get a piece of paper, a pen, and a ruler or tape measure.

  1. Place your foot in its normal standing position on the piece of paper.
  2. Mark the back of your heel, with the pen vertically resting against the back of your foot.
  3. Mark the tip of your longest toe.
  4. Measure the distance between the two marks, in inches.
Compare your result to the table below to determine where you should start looking in the shoe department. As with all other clothes, you should never buy shoes without first trying on a few pairs to make sure the size fits you well.

Foot Length Women's Size Men's Size
8 3 1
8 3/16 3 1/2 1 1/2
8 3/8 4 2
8 1/2 4 1/2 2 1/2
8 11/16 5 3
8 13/16 5 1/2 3 1/2
9 6 4
9 3/16 6 1/2 4 1/2
9 3/8 7 5
9 1/2 7 1/2 5 1/2
9 11/16 8 6
9 13/16 8 1/2 6 1/2
10 9 7
10 3/16 9 1/2 7 1/2
10 3/8 10 8
10 1/2 10 1/2 8 1/2
10 11/16 11 9
10 13/16 11 1/2 9 1/2
11 12 10
11 3/16 12 1/2 10 1/2
11 3/8 13 11
 
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