Sizing is one of the most difficult things when it comes to fashion, especially when we’re talking about plus sizes.
Unfortunately these days there are no standards when it comes to sizing so now there is much confusion about the question we all dread:
‘What size am I?
Measuring your gorgeous self
Start with your bust. Measure around the FULLEST part of your bust but don’t pull the tape too tight. Take a breath in and out, relax and take your measurement.
Your waist is generally in the middle of your torso. It’s hard to say exactly where because each person is different and we all have various torso lengths. As a general rule of thumb, it’s usually a few inches above your belly button.
The hips are a tricky one because again, everyone is shaped differently. You’ll want to put the measuring tape a few inches below your belly button which will hopefully be somewhere in the vicinity of your hips. If you can find your hip bones, great GOOD FOR YOU! That makes it even easier! (Mine are a little elusive as they’re hiding under a blanket of wine and chocolate)
About our sizing…
Sizes 12, 14 & 16:
These sizes are truer to typical sizing (not plus size). The average Australian woman is approximately size 14-16 which is difficult because she will either be too big for standard brands or too small for plus/curvy brands. I know this first hand as I have struggled (and continue to struggle) to fit into either category.
If you’re a size 16 in other plus size brands, you’ll more likely fit into Andrea Lucy size 18.
Sizes 18, 20, 22 & 24:
These sizes are standard plus sizing. This means that we have allowed more centimeters between each size and we add even more space depending on the design of the garment and what it’s made of.
For example, if we made a tight skirt that was woven (non strech fabric) we would add even more space to allow you to bend/sit comfortably.
A few tips…
The measurements are a guide.
They are not the exact measurements of the finished garment.
Generally speaking, the garment will be a few centimeters bigger than the measurement on the size chart.
If you measure ‘in between’ sizes, you can obviously go with either but just keep in mind that sizes 18-24 have extra allowance so you should fit into the smaller size.
If you have any questions, are unsure what size you might be or just need some guidance, please contact me!