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How to measure yourself

Great clothes only feel great if they fit perfectly. At Debenhams we know that and want you to find the perfect dress and the perfect fit every time. Our easy to follow size guides for women includes tips on how to measure yourself and all our sizing information for our UK and international customers.

How to measure yourself for women's clothing

When measuring yourself for any piece of women's clothing, measure yourself in a non-padded bra. This will give you the most accurate measurement for a women's dress or other item of women's clothing you're going to buy. And don't pull the tape measure too tight.

Where to measure

Measure at the natural waistline, just above the hip bone. Remember - women's fashion trousers will have bigger waist measurement, as they are low rise and do not sit on the natural waistline.

Skirt length
Measure from the natural waistline in a straight line.

Inside leg
Measure from the top of the inside leg to the floor.

Measure around the fullest part of the bust and across the shoulder blades of your back. When measuring the bust for women's underwear and swimwear, follow the bra measuring guidelines.

Measure around the fullest part of your hips. As a guideline this is often 20cm below your natural waistline.

Dress length
Measure from the centre back neck in a straight line.

Womenswear size chart

Our size charts are produced by brand to help you make an informed purchase everytime. Inch measurements on the chart are derived from centimetre body measurements and are rounded to the nearest quarter inch.

Please note: Size charts specific to brands and garments are available on individual product pages

Womenswear international size chart