BS EN 13402 gives the size designation of clothes and the measurements and intervals

BS EN 13402-3:2004

Size designation of clothes. Measurements and intervals

Status : Revised, Withdrawn   Published : February 2005 Replaced By : BS EN 13402-3:2013

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BS EN 13402-3:2004
Size designation of clothes. Measurements and intervals

In order to size mass-produced clothes, the body size of the intended wearer has to be defined and identified with the nearest size on a table of standard sizes. In this system, the body size is defined by scales of the appropriate primary and, where necessary, secondary dimensions, using preferred numbers.

A good degree of standardization is achieved by the establishment of open-ended size scales with fixed intervals in at least the primary dimension for each garment type. Where body shape is characterized by a number of girth dimensions and height, the primary dimension is placed on a size table, while the secondary dimensions are dependent variables. The nearest whole number in the tables for that dimension is used for purposes of size designation.

The tables of measures as described in this document constitute a first attempt at the grouping of body sizes appropriate to the European population. Garment size tables are readily compiled from this information. It is necessary to use an open system with inbuilt flexibility, because body shape and proportions for any one population group differ significantly.

The standard comprises the following parts, under the general title: Size designation of clothes

Part 1: Terms, definitions and body measurement procedure
Part 2: Primary and secondary dimensions
Part 3: Measurements and intervals

This document establishes a body sizing system to be used for compiling standard garment sizes for infants, men and boys, and women and girls. Garment dimensions are not contained in this document.

Examples of labelling clothing with the standard pictogram (see BS EN 13402-1) are included in this document.


Contents of BS EN 13402-3 include:

  • Scope
  • Normative references
  • Terms and definitions
  • Measurements and intervals
  • Women
  • Men
  • Infants, boys and girls
  • The letter codes
  • Women
  • Men
  • Examples of labelling clothing with the standard pictogram
  • Bibliography

Standard NumberBS EN 13402-3:2004
TitleSize designation of clothes. Measurements and intervals
StatusRevised, Withdrawn
Publication Date28 February 2005
Withdrawn Date31 October 2013
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN 13402-1, ISO 3635:1981
Informative References(Provided for Information)EN 13402-2
Replaced ByBS EN 13402-3:2013
International RelationshipsEN 13402-3:2004
Draft Superseded By02/120057 DC
DescriptorsClothing sizes, Clothing, Size coding, Designations, Size classification, Measurement, Cloth, Anthropometric characteristics, Human body, Body regions, Size measurement, Labels
Title in FrenchDesignation des tailles de vetements. Mesures et intervalles
Title in GermanGroessenbezeichnung von Bekleidung. Masse und Sprungwerte
ISBN0 580 45571 8
File Size595.6 KB

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