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Women's Size Charts

To help you choose the best size, please use the size guidelines below. If you have any questions about the sizes of clothes, please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 873 0000.

Womenswear sizing

How to Measure guidelines

  • Taming your tape measure: We want your clothes to feel comfortable, so no need to pull your tape measure too tight. It’s often easier for someone else to get the tape measure in the right place, so try measuring with a friend.
  • Bust: Place the tape measure under your arms, over your shoulder blades and across the fullest part of your bust. Remember to breathe out first.
  • Waist: Measure around your natural waist. You can find it by bending to the side like a teapot (singing is optional).
  • Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your bottom at the top of the leg, at about 20cm/8 inches below your natural waist.
  • Waist position guide: When working out which size to order, always measure your natural waist. All our skirts are designed to fit the natural waist unless otherwise stated. Trousers will be described in one of the following two ways:
    • Natural waist,
    • Below natural waist – which means about 4.5cm (1½ inches) below your natural waist.
Lengths Guide:

PETITE SIZING: We haven't just trimmed a bit off the hem. We've proportionately shortened through the garment.

  • Bust, waist and hip: measurements remain unchanged
  • Neck to bust point or waist: shorter by about 1"/2.5cm
  • Overarms: shorter by up to 1½/4cm on a full length sleeve
  • Trousers: rise height shortened and knee position proportionately adjusted. Inseam length shortened 2”/ 5cm
  • Shorts: rise height shortened. Overall length shortened 1”/2.5cm

And we've cleverly tweaked features to make sure everything feels in proportion. For example neck depths, zip lengths, collar and applique sizes.

Height Less than
Up to
We recommend Petite (P) Available in selected styles & sizes Regular (R) Long (L)
Skirts & Dresses
length from waist
2"/5cm shorter 3"/7.5cm longer
As a guide the hem length descriptions of our skirts and dresses are based on where we expect the Regular hem to fall on someone who is 5'5"/165cm, Long length on someone 5'8"/178cm tall, and Petite on someone 5'2"/157cm. The length you choose will depend on your height and whether you want to wear flats or heels.
Trouser Lengths 2" 2"
UK 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
Bust: cm up to 82 82-86 87-90 91-94 95-99 100-104 105-110 111-116 117-123
Chest " up to 32 32-33½ 34-35½ 36-37 37½-39 39½-41 41½-43 43½-45½ 46-48
Waist cm up to 64 64-68 69-72 73-76 77-81 82-87 88-93 94-99 100-105
Waist " up to 25 25-26½ 27-28 28½-30 30½-32 32½-34 34½-36½ 37-39 39½-41½
Hip cm up to 85 85-89 90-94 95-99 100-104 105-110 111-116 117-122 123-128
Hip " up to 33½ 33½-35 35½-37 37½-39 39½-41 41½-43 43½-45½ 46-48 48½-50½
Shoes & Boots
UK 4 5 6 7 8
Euro 37 37½ 38 38½ 39 40 40½ 41 41½ 42
Half sizes are only available on selected Boden styles.
Size XS S M L XL
1st Hole " 26 33 36 40 44½
1st Hole cm 65 82 90.5 100.5 111.5
Last Hole " 33 39 42 46 50½
Last Hole cm 82.5 97 105.5 115.5 126.5
Swimwear - Cup size measurements
Size 6/8 8/10 10/12 12/14 14/18 16/18
Recommended bra size 32A 34A 32C/34B 34C/36B 34D/36C 36D
  • Colour fastness: We have huge demand for garments that have a more casual lived in appearance. To achieve this in some garments, including jeans, we use pigment dyes. These dyes sit on the surface of the fabric and are designed to be less fixed and to fade with washing and wear. We advise customers to wash these garments separately before their first outing. If not washed, it is likely they will shed some colour., and for the first few wears care should be taken to avoid combining them with, sitting or rubbing against other light coloured garments, accessories and upholstery.