The History of Women's Clothing Sizes - my sources

So with my first history deep dive video out, obviously I needed to share where I gathered all of the info in it. I mean, let’s be honest, if there’s no way of checking sources then there’s no way of verifying the accuracy of anything I said!

I gathered from quite a range of sources and you can find all of them listed below, but if you haven’t watched the video and you’re interested, here it is!

(You can find a transcription of this video HERE)


  1. Andrew Godley (1997) The Development of the Clothing Industry: Technology and Fashion, Textile History, 28:1, 3-10, DOI: 10.1179/004049697793711067 (

  2. Stampler, L. (2014). When — And Why — We Started Measuring Women’s Clothing. Available at:

  3. World Health Organization (2011). Waist circumference and waist-hip ratio : report of a WHO expert consultation, Geneva, 8-11 December 2008. Geneva: World Health Organization.

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  6. United States. Department Of Commerce. Office Of Technical Services and United States. National Bureau Of Standards (1958). Body measurements for the sizing of women’s patterns and apparel (CS215-58). [online] Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department Of Commerce, Office Of Technical Services, Commodity Standards Division, Washington, D.C. Available at: [Accessed 19 May 2021]

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  10. The British Standards Institution (1974). BS 3666:1974 Size Coding Scheme for Women’s Outerwear. [online] London Bsi British Standards. Available at:

  11. British Standards Institution. Clothing Standards Committee (1982). Specification for Size Designation of Women’s Wear. London, UK: BSI

  12. The British Standards Institution (2002). All change for clothes sizes. [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 May 2021].

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