Chapter 21. International Clothing Sizes
There have been national systems for clothing sizes for some time. This was fine when the garment industry was local to a given country and foreign-made goods were expensive luxuries (Italian shoes, French dresses, and so forth). Here is an example from http://www.asknumbers.com/SizeConversion.aspx of one woman’s dress size in five different national systems.
Women’s dress sizes
Almost nothing in the modern world is local, and the garment industry is one of the most globalized. Just look at the labels on virtually any basic clothing item you buy today, especially in the United States where we have almost no native textile or garment industry left after decades of unionization. ...