EN13402 - European Standard For Clothes Size Labels

Example of an EN13402 standard clothes size pictogram label

In 2007 the European Standards Commission launched EN13402 to standardize clothes size labels based on body dimensions in centimetres (cm). The commission had been working on the standard since 1996 and like other sensible measurement systems (e.g. Mondopoint Shoe Sizes) it hasn't been widely adopted yet.

EN13402 is divided into 3 sections, the first provides terms, definitions and the body measurement procedure. The second part defines primary and secondary measurements for various items of clothing, for instance the primary measurement for ladies jackets is bust girth and secondary measurements are height and hip girth. The third part defines measurement intervals which should be used for each of the body measurements defined in part 1.

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