Women's Dress Size Chart: How To Measure Yourself For A Wedding Dress and Bridal Separates

Whether you're trying to find your dress size in inches or what size a 34 inch waist converts to, here's the measurements you need to know

0 Shares

With huge variation between shops, it can be tricky to know exactly what your dress size is or what that translates to in inches. It's even more confusing with bridalwear as it often comes up slightly smaller than regular women's clothing.

We've put together a handy dress size chart for wedding dresses and bridal separates for you. If you have bridesmaid dress fittings, these are the sizings you'll need too.

Dress fittingBefore you go dress shopping, you'll need to measure yourself so you can go prepared with your dress size and what that converts to in waist, bust and hip measurements. There's a visual guide below showing you exactly how and where to measure yourself. 

Whether you're a bride-to-be going dress shopping, ordering a wedding dress online or wanting to compare their measurements to a dress designer's size chart, it's essential to know your correct dress size. And it'll reduce the need for expensive alterations!

READ MORE: Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Dress Alterations and Fittings

Scroll down to discover how to measure yourself and to find our size chart. This tells you your waist, bust and hip size depending on your measurements, as well as your UK dress size. At the bottom, you'll find out how to use this information to make sure you get the right size wedding dress.

So if you want to know what a size 12 waist in inches, a size 14 waist in inches or a size 16 waist in inches is and so on, you've come to the right place!

READ MORE: 15 Perfect Plus Size Wedding Dresses

How To Measure Your Waist, Bust and Hips

Here's the important bit - how to actually measure yourself!

There are three key points: your bust, waist and hips. You should measure against your body, not through clothes, to get the most accurate measurements. Use a flexible tape measure and make sure it's not too tight or too loose.

Hitched Women's Dress Size Measuring Guide

Bust (1): Measure around the fullest part of your bust, ensuring the tape measure is straight across your back. 

Waist (2): Measure around the smallest part of your waist. To find this, bend to one side like a teapot and where the crease forms is your natural waist.

Hips (3): With your feet together, measure around the fullest part of your hips, usually 20cm down from the natural waistline.

READ MORE: The Best Wedding Dress Shops in London

Hitched's Women's Dress Size Guide

These are the most common measurements for a woman whose height is 5'6" (168cm) and go from a UK size 4 to a size 26. They're accurate for a wedding dress or if you're in a two piece wedding dress with a separate top and skirt.

However, these measurements should only be used as a guide because - as we know - fit varies depending on cut, fabric, style and brand.

Size
Bust
Waist
Hips
4 31" 24" 33"
78cm 60cm 83.5cm
6 32" 25" 34"
80.5cm 62.5cm 86cm
8 33" 26" 35"
83cm 65cm 88.5cm
10 35" 28" 37"
88cm 70cm 93.5cm
12 37" 28" 39"
93cm 75cm 98.5cm
14 39" 31" 41"
98cm 80cm 103.5cm
16 41" 33" 43"
103cm 85cm 108.5cm
18 44" 36" 46"
110.5cm 92.5cm 116.5cm
20 46" 39" 49"
116cm 98cm 123.5cm
22 48" 41" 51"
123cm 105cm 130.5cm
24 51" 44" 54"
130cm 112cm 137.5cm
26 54" 47" 57"
137cm 119cm 144.5cm

You'll find petite (normally for women under 5'3") and tall (over 5'9") ranges will differ proportionally to fit shorter or taller body shapes, so remember to take your height into account.

READ MORE: The A-Z Guide To Wedding Dress Designers

How To Use The Size Guide

Measuring your waist for a wedding dress

Although your wedding dress shop should (*should*) measure you, it's important to have your own measurements to hand. It important for being able to call ahead and see if a boutique has a sample dress in stock in your accurate size, for ordering the right size dress online or in store, and being able to tell a seamstress what you need altering.

You can use this size chart to convert either your dress size into inches or your measurments into your dress size. 

Bear in mind that each wedding dress designer will have a standard inches-to-dress-size chart that is specific to them.

READ MORE: The Emotional Stages Of Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Using this chart, you can easily compare your bust, waist and hip measurements to the size guide from your chosen bridalwear designer. Your dress size in normal clothing might be very different to your designer's sizing. Just remember that's no reflection on you! 

If you come up with a size 14 bust, size 12 waist in inches and size 16 hips, we recommend you go for a size 16 dress and get the rest of it altered down to fit your body. This will be most flattering on your body, and it's important to feel as comfortable as possible on your big day.

Want to know what our brides think about dress sizes? Check out this forum on real waist and hip sizes in inches.

If you're trying to find that perfect wedding dress, check out our edit of amazing dresses under £1,000 and our advice for wedding dresses for mature brides.



0 Shares

You Might Also Like:

Latest Articles

More Wedding Articles