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International Sizing Standards

International Sizing Standards

If you own more than 3 items of clothing, you’re probably aware that sizing standards are anything but “standard”. Brand variations, including vanity sizing, makes it hard to know what size you are for sure. So before buying clothes online, take these three steps for your best chance of a good fit:

  1. Check to see if specific measurements are listed (for the actual item, or a brand standard)
  2. See what material it is made of (e.g. if it’s 100% polyester, there won’t be any stretch)
  3. Read the reviews! Your fellow shoppers are good at letting others know if you should buy a size up or down.

International sizing chart

The EU guide comes from EN13402 which is the official European standard. Not that all EU countries have followed it. The UK guide is taken from the averages of several high street brands, however not all of them stock sizes above size 14 (which is very frustrating!). You will notice that the variations between the sizes aren’t consistent, and the proportions change. No wonder it’s so hard to find clothes that fit!!


The Pear Flair Code

Editors come in different sizes, just like everyone else. To help you compare your shape to an editor’s commentary we have the Pear Flair Code. This code shows the proportions of the editor by showing the difference in dress sizes between her bust, waist and hips.

For example, if an editor has a size 14 waist, a size 16 bust and a size 22 hip, this would be her code:


The code is written as bust:waist:hip. 0 is the smallest dress size, in this case it’s her waist. Her bust is one size bigger than the smallest dress size (indicated with a 1) and her waist is three sizes bigger than her smallest dress size (indicated with a 3).

Here are the Pear Flair Codes for your editors:

Ellie: 0:0:2