The Islington Rose and The Farringdon Dress Size Guide (Centimeters)


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UK Size 8 10 12 14 16 18
European Size 40 42 44 46 48 50
Chest Circumference 90 94 98 102 106 110
Waist 78 82 86 90 94 98
Hip Circumference 94 98 102 106 110 114
Length 96 96 96.5 98 99.5 101

Women's Dress Sizes

Which size fits me best?

All of the measurements provided in the table above are the measurements of the final garment. You can easily determine your size using one of two methods: measuring a dress that fits you or taking your body measurements.

Measure a dress that fits you

Find a dress made out of non-stretch fabric that you feel comfortable in, and lay it out on a flat, firm surface. For precision, it is best if you press or iron the garment first. Using a tailor’s measuring tape, take the individual measurements of the dress as shown on the diagram:

Chest
With the fully zipped-up dress lying flat on a firm surface, measure the distance between the side seams in the widest spot just under the sleeves or armholes. Multiply this distance by two to get a circumference.

Waist
With the dress still zipped up and lying flat, measure the distance between the side seams, at the narrowest point of the body. Multiply this distance by two to get a circumference.

Hips
With the dress still zipped up and lying flat, measure the distance between the side seams, at the widest point on the hips, about 10cm / 4in below the waistline. Multiply this distance by two to get a circumference.

Length
Lay the zipped up garment face down on a firm surface. Measure the back length down the center of the garment, from the neck opening, down to the hemline, including the length of the slit.

Make a note of all the measurements, and look for the closest matching size in the table. If your measurements are between two sizes, it is usually a good idea to go one size up.

Take your body measurements

If you would like to determine the required size using your body measurements, it is a good idea to ask somebody to take the measurements while you stand still. With a tailor’s measuring tape, take the individual measurements as described

Chest
Take a measurement around the widest part of your chest, while inhaling lightly. Add 7cm / 2.5in to the measurement for freedom of movement.

Waist
Take a measurement around the narrowest point in your waistline, while breathing normally. Add 7cm / 2.5in to the measurement for freedom of movement.

Hips
Take a measurement around your hips, at the widest point of your pelvis. Add 7cm / 2.5in to the measurement for freedom of movement.

Back length
Take a straight-line measurement from the point where your shoulders meet your neck to the point where you would like your hemline to sit.

Make a note of all the measurements, and look for the closest matching size in the table. If your measurements are between two sizes, it is usually a good idea to go one size up.

If you are still unsure which size to select, get in touch with our customer support at hello@arthurshirtley.co.uk