Measure your natural waistline. If you wear hip pads that raise your effective waistline, measure at your new waistline.
|Waist Sizes||Dress Size||Half Slip Size|
Full Slips, Bust-Sized Camisoles, Teddies, Corselettes, Body Briefers
|Slip/Cami Size||Bust Size||Approx
Size is based on hip measurement. Usually sized as S, M, L and XL; some are sized numerically (5, 6, 7, 8). A 38″ hip usually corresponds to an M or 6. Sizing varies greatly by style and brand!
Measuring for a bra and selecting from the hundreds of types and styles is tricky enough that we have a whole page devoted to the topic. See No-Man’s Land: Buying a Bra elsewhere in this Guide.
Use the chart on the package to determine size requirements. If between two sizes, choose the larger; it will be more comfortable and roll less. For lots more information, see The Sheer Facts About Hosiery elsewhere in this Guide.
Hose and Stockings
Generally sized by body height. 5’8″ or taller use sizes 11 through 13 large or long. 5’7″ and shorter use sizes 8 to 10, average or medium.