Guide to Women's Clothing Sizes

If you want to look your best (and who doesn't?) it's important to find ladies clothes and accessories that truly fit. For those new to crossdressing, finding the right sizes can be a bit of a mystery. On this page you will find information that should make finding your sizes in clothes, lingerie, and women's shoes a little less bewildering.

Below are instructions and size charts for you to measure for day and evening wear, lingerie, and women's shoes. You should use the measurements charts here as a general guide to a good fit, but remember that sizes vary by designer and manufacturer.  Obviously, if an online merchant list its own size charts, you should order according to that store's sizes. Also, if you find that your measurements put you between two sizes, you are better off ordering the larger size.

Measuring for Dresses, Skirts, Blouses, and other Women's Wear

Womens Clothes Measuring Tips for Crossdressers

You will need to use a measuring tape to find your sizes.  It is always best if you can have someone help you take these measurements. Keep the tape snug, but not tight when measuring.  Once you have your measurements, compare them with the size charts below.

When purchasing women's day and evening wear, there are four measurements that must be considered:

Bust: Measure under your arms and around the fullest part of your chest.  It is best to wear your breast forms when measuring.  The bust size is the most important measure when buying blouses and dresses.

Waist: Measure around the smallest part of your waistline.  Your measurments should be made while you are wearing the appropriate foundation garments.  The waist size is the most important measure when purchasing skirts.

Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, usually about 7 to 8 inches below your waist.

Height: Most Misses' and Women's sizes are made for ladies that are between 5'4" and 5'7" in height.  If you are taller than 5'7", look for styles in Misses' Tall sizes or Women's Tall sizes which feature longer sleeves, pants inseams, and body lengths.

With experience, you'll find that women's clothing sizes can vary widely, depending on the source. You'll usually find that more expensive garments have smaller size numbers than clothes that are less expensive. For example, a lady who wears a size 6 designer dress might actually take a size 12 in a ready to wear style. Because of the discrepancies in sizes, the charts below should give you a rough idea of your size but you can only really know if a garment fits by trying it on.

Misses' Sizes Measurement Chart

Misses' Sizes (5'4" to 5'7") and Misses' Tall Sizes (5'7½" to 5'11")
Sizes 10 12 14 16 18 20
Bust 36 - 36½ 37 - 38 38½ - 39½ 40 - 41 41½ - 43 43½ - 45
Waist 27½ - 28 28½ - 29½ 30 - 31 31½ - 32½ 33 - 34½ 35 - 36½
Hips 38 - 38½ 39 - 40 40½ - 41½ 42 - 43 43½ - 45 45½ - 47

Women's Plus Sizes Measurement Chart

Women's Sizes (5'4" to 5'7") and Women's Tall Sizes (5'7½" to 5'11")
Sizes 14W 16W 18W 20W 22W 24W
Bust 42 - 43 44 - 45 46 - 47 48 - 49 50 - 51 52 - 53
Waist 33 - 34 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 40 41 - 42 43 - 44
Hips 44 - 45 46 - 47 48 - 49 50 - 51 52 - 53 54 - 55

Finding the right size is only part of getting the right fit. Even the most expensive dresses and suits should be altered for you by a seamstress for a tailored, "just so" fit. When you find a good seamstress, consider having her custom make a dress or a gown for that special occasion.

Measuring for Panties, Bras, and other Lingerie

Measuring for lingerie can be a bit tricky.  Follow the guidelines below to find your sizes in bras, panties, slips, and girdles.

How to Measure Your Bra Size:

Your bra size is a combination of your band size in inches and your cup size which is denoted by letters. Finding your bra size is a two step process:

Step 1 - Determine your Band Size: First measure around your chest, under your arms, directly above your breasts or breast forms. This is your band size.

Step 2 - Determine your Cup Size: Next measure around the fullest part of the bust. This is the same bust measurement used when sizing blouses and dresses.

Bra Cup Size Measurement Chart

If your bust measurement is: Cup Size to Choose
1 inch more than your band size A Cup
2 inches more than your band size B Cup
3 inches more than your band size C Cup
4 inches more than your band size D Cup
5 inches more than your band size DD Cup

For example, if your band measurement is 38 inches and your bust measurement is 42 inches, you would take a D Cup bra. If you are in between cup sizes, order the next larger cup.  If your band size is uneven (i.e., 37 inches), round up to the next larger size (i.e., 38 inches). Finally, to get your bra size, combine your band size (not your bust size) with your cup size.

How to Measure for Panties:

Panties are usually sold by hip size.  You can find panties in your size by finding your hip measurement on the chart below.

Panty Measurement Chart

If your hips measure: You should order:
36 - 37 Inches Size 5 Panties
38 - 39 Inches Size 6 Panties
40 - 41 Inches Size 7 Panties
42 - 43 Inches Size 8 Panties
44 - 45 Inches Size 9 Panties
46 - 47 Inches Size 10 Panties
48 - 49 Inches Size 11 Panties
50 - 51 Inches Size 12 Panties

How to Measure for Slips:

Use your bust size to order full slips and camisoles.  Your waist size is used when purchasing half slips. 

When ordering slips, make certain to check the length is appropriate for the dress or skirt you are planning to wear. You wouldn't want your slip to show, now would you?

How to Measure for Girdles:

Girdles are sold by waist size, but you also need to make sure that they fit in the hip.  To make sure of this, subtract your waist measurement from your hip measurement and then, where listed, order a girdle that "fits hips (number of inches) larger than waist."

Measuring for Women's Shoes:

Finding women's shoes in the proper size is only a matter of converting sizes.  As a basic rule, take your male shoe size, add one size to the size and one width to the width, and you'll have your female shoe size. So, for example, someone wearing a size 8 medium width in male shoes would find the best fit in a women's size 9 wide width shoe.

When ordering women's shoes, you first need to take into account your width. Use this chart as a guide:

Standard Shoe Width to Women's Shoe Width Conversion Chart

If your shoe width is: In womens' size choose a:
AA width Narrow (N) width
B width Medium (M) width
C width Wide (W) width
D width Wide (W) width
EE width Wide Wide (WW) width

Since most men's shoes are a D width, many transwomen will find wide width (i.e., "W width") women's shoes the most comfortable.

When using the chart below to find your size in high heels, make sure to convert your male dress shoe size, which runs about one size smaller than your male athletic shoe size, to the appropriate women's size. Please note that shoe sizes vary from designer to designer, which makes finding a great fitting pair of high heels a bit of a challenge (but lots of fun!).

Male to Female Shoe Size Conversion Chart

US Women US Men Europe UK
Size 8 Wide Size 7 Medium (D) Size 39 Size 6
Size 9 Wide Size 8 Medium (D) Size 40 Size 7
Size 10 Wide Size 9 Medium (D) Size 41 Size 8
Size 11 Wide Size 10 Medium (D) Size 43 Size 9
Size 12 Wide Size 11 Medium (D) Size 44 Size 10
Size 13 Wide Size 12 Medium (D) Size 45 Size 11
Size 14 Wide Size 13 Medium (D) Size 46 Size 12
Size 15 Wide Size 14 Medium (D) Size 47 Size 13

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