A lot of clothes are simply described as small, medium and large. For most clothes, that’s good enough. However, when I look at the clothes I have which are supposed to fit well (pants, dress shirts, suits), they all use numbers which indicate a real, actual dimension and allows for pretty good comparison of clothes.
For example, my size 16 shirts means that the collar has a circumference of 16 inches, thus making it fit for someone with a 15.5 to 16 inch neck.
When my trousers say they’re 32, that means their circumference is 32 inches, thus making it fit for someone with a 31 to 32 inch waist.
The same holds for suits.
What is it like on the women’s side? I get the impression that it’s all 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc, that those numbers greatly shift from one manufacturer to another and even shift over time within the same manufacturer.
Is this true?
If so, how come? Are numbers which can be compared to each other to give clear information that scary?
Even if most people are scared of non-arbitrary numbers, surely there are women who are fit, know it and are quite fine knowing that the size of the pants that fit them is 28 inches, not “size 3” and appreciate not having to deal with the nonsense of arbitrary numbers. Is there anything for them?
The only female item of clothing I know which uses meaningful numbers is, of all things, the bra. It tells you the size of the ribcage and how much bigger (in inches) the chest is once you account for the breasts. Isn’t breast size one of the most sensitive issues? How come meaningful, clear information about breast size is accepted but not the rest?
Finally, how common is it for women to use made-to-measure or bespoke clothes?
Is it true that it’s pretty much all size 0, 1, 2, 3 etc?
Are there major exceptions among brands, styles or types of clothes?
How come bras give clear information?
How common are custom-fitted clothes?