When buying clothes for ourselves or a child, buying any item as a gift, we often face such a problem as the inability to figure out exactly what size is indicated on the product label, how to translate Latin abbreviations into familiar centimeters. Special tables of measures and standards come to the rescue.
What is clothing size
Under it, it is customary to consider a special code, which usually consists of letters of the Latin alphabet or numbers and indicates certain parameters of the human body (chest or hips, waist, arm length, neck circumference, etc.) Measurements are made in linear proportions. In the production of certain types of clothing, shoes, hats, underwear, firms and companies are guided by the developed size systems and sew their products in accordance with them. And for the convenience of buyers and the systematization of goods during the sale, tags are hung on finished products indicating sizes, volumes, etc. Shoe size is usually indicated on the sole or inside, on the insole.
Sizes on products from European manufacturers do not always match clothing sizesRussian production. This is explained by different standards of units taken as starting points of reference. In the System of the European Uniform Standard (EN), centimeters are used, in Russia the sizes of men's shirts, underwear, etc. are used. regulated by special GOST.
Now let's compare the parameters of Russian and Western settlements:
- Sizes of clothing for babies (undershirts, sliders, hats, etc.) from European manufacturers are included in the categories of goods with the code "XXS", which stands for eXtra eXtra Small - very, very small. Those. if the tag "XXS" appears on the clothing tag, it is clear that these are goods for babies.
- "XS" - the mark indicates that this product also belongs to the category of very small, but slightly larger than the previous ones: eXtra Small.
- Single letter "S" characterizes clothes as simply small or childish: Small.
- The Latin "M" on clothes indicates that this product belongs to the category of medium dimensions - Medium.
- The letter "L" (Large) is usually placed on clothes of large sizes.
- Size "XL" - eXtra Large - corresponds to very large clothes.
Comparison of Russian and European sizes
Knowing your standard size by Russian standards and its compliance in the EN System, you can easily figure out whether the new thing you like is just right.
- Men's sizes
Men's size standards start with "XS" for extra small. It is understandable, because clothes like "very, very small" come without gender distinctions. Further, as usual, "small", i.e. "S"; then "M", "L", which can be regarded as "more than average"; size "XL", i.e. "very large", and then ascending: "XXL", "XXXL". In digital terms, it will look like this: for example, "XS" is 44th, and size "XL" is 54th. "XXL", respectively, the 56th. And the largest - XXXL - 58th.
- Women's sizes
The parameters of women's sizes are similar to men's, with the only difference being that they contain slightly different numbers and indicators. Size "XS" here is 42, i.e. one less than the male. Further, the gap increases slightly, and already the size "XL" is equal to the 50th. The largest size of women's clothing is the 54th size - "XXXL".
In the fashion and clothing design industry, in addition to accepted standards, there are also narrow-profile differentiations. Haute couture clothing in this regard is divided into small and large sizes. Gradation is done depending not only on the size, but also on the growth of the proposed models:
Women's size "XL" is 50th, and corresponds to a fairly tall for ladies in height176 cm. And the largest figure is "4XL": 56/182. In male models, the marking qualification is also very wide. It starts with the letter "S", i.e. "small" ends with "5XL". The height range starts from 170 cm and ends at 182 cm, and the size is from 46th to 60th. Men's "XL" clothing size corresponds here to 52;
In the so-called small size standards, two sizes are combined under each letter. Those. each model of clothing is a cross between two sizes that are close in parameters. So, in women's samples under the letters "XS" are designated 40-42nd, "L" - 46-48. And "XL" what size clothes in this case? For women - 48-50, for men - 50-52.
As you can see, it's not so difficult to understand letter-number tricks. For the first time, of course, it is better to have comparative grid-tables, so as not to get confused. And when you remember, you will be able to navigate without problems!