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SIZE & FIT GUIDE
The Skirt Outlet is your one-stop shop for many different brands of skirts. We shop far and wide for the unique and hard-to-find skirts we carry, and we sell them to you conveniently in one place!
With such a large selection, however. sizing can vary between brands and designers. This can make finding the perfect size kind of tricky! You might be a size S in one brand, a size L in another; or a size 4 in one brand and a size 10 in another. We have created this sizing help page for you, and if you read it carefully, you will be well on your way to finding your perfect fit in each skirt style!
We create a CUSTOM size chart for EACH skirt we list on our website. Here is an example.
Size is the sizing the brand uses to label their skirts. In the example chart used above, we have received a shipment of skirts with tags that read S, M, L, XL etc. Alternately, sometimes a brand will label their skirt sizes as 28, 30, 32, etc, or 6, 8, 10, etc.
US Size is the size label we (The Skirt Outlet) have given the skirt. This size recommendation is based on general industry sizing standards combined with our years of experience with sizing. We try to keep these as uniform as possible. For example, if we label a particular skirt a size 6, you can expect a different skirt style labeled a size 6 to have pretty similar measurements. We always have our models try on the skirts before labeling.
Skirt Waistband is the actual measurement of the skirt waistband. We take each size, lay it on a flat surface, and measure across the skirt waistband from left to right with a tape measure. Then we double that measurement to get the total skirt waistband measurement. In the case of the size XS, the skirt waistband measured 13" across, 13"x2=26", so this size XS has a total skirt waistband measurement of 26".
Skirt Hips is the actual measurement of the skirt hips. Again, we lay the skirt on a flat surface, smooth out the wrinkles and folds, and get out our tape measure. At top of the skirt waistband, we measure 8" down (For girl's skirts, we measure only 6" down), and mark that spot. Then, we measure across the skirt hips from left to right, and double that measurement. In the case of the XS, the skirt hips measure 18" across, 18x2=36", so the XS has a total Hip Measurement of 36".
Length We measure down the side of the skirt from top of waistband to bottom of hem.
ELASTIC/STRETCHY Fabric Sizing Help
|Skirt Waistband Relaxed||22"||24"||26"||28"||31"|
|Skirt Hips Relaxed||36"||38"||40"||42"||44"|
If the skirt has an elastic or stretchy waistband, we give you the relaxed skirt waistband measurement. Basically, that means we do not stretch out the waistband when measuring. If the entire skirt is made of stretchy fabric (such as a slinky or knit fabric), we give you the Skirt Hips Relaxed measurement. Again, this means that when we are measuring the skirt hips, we do not stretch out the skirt.
Determining your size
Take a skirt the fits you WELL, (it's better to use a fabric that does not have a lot of stretch, such as denim) and measure YOUR skirt as described in "Reading Our Size Chart". Do not stretch out the skirt or tape measure while measuring. If you do not have a tape measure, a string and ruler will work. Compare your measurements to the Size chart given for the skirt you want to buy, and choose the size that is closest to your measurements.
Determining your size for Elastic or Stretchy Skirts
For a smooth fit, you will want the Skirt Waistband to measure SMALLER than your waist. The waistband will stretch out to fit your waist and give a smooth, custom fit. Take note of the Skirt Waistband Relaxed measurement, but you will want to pay the most attention to the skirt hips to help you select a size.
Let's do a scenario together using the example chart below
Let's say your hip measurements are 39", and you usually wear a size 8. Looking at the size chart, you could choose a size S or M. If you choose the size S, the skirt will fit snugly as it stretches slightly to accommodate. You can expect the skirt to fit pretty closely to your body. If you want a looser fit, the M would be a better choice. The M will not look "baggy" on you, as it is only 1" bigger than your hip measurements. Usually the stretchy fabrics can look flattering with some extra room.
|Skirt Waistband Relaxed||24"||26"||28"|
|Skirt Hips Relaxed||38"||40"||42"|
We sell many different name brands of skirts. Each name brand has a unique size chart. This is why you MAY find yourself ordering several different sizes of skirts. For example, just because you are a size S in one skirt, does not mean you are size S for every skirt. You may have to order larger or smaller sizes. We recommend that you follow closely EACH skirt style's size chart to ensure the best fit.
le check your measurements. Keep in mind that if you go with the smaller size, it may sit a little higher on your waist than your usual skirts; the larger size will fall down a little farther. If the fabric is stretchy (such as knit or polyester), the smaller size will probably still work for you, it will just fit snugly.
Fabrics that contain spandex (even a little) will offer some stretch.
Rate and leave a review for skirts you purchase. Don't forget to mention your usual size, what your skirt measurements are, what size you chose, and how it worked out for you.
If we feel additional sizing tips would be helpful for a particular skirt, we include those details in the product information for that skirt.
Thinner and clingier fabrics of solid colors (especially light colors) will be less forgiving than a thicker material for sizing down. In that case, you are better off sizing up. Thicker fabrics of darker colors and/or prints tend to "hide" the curves better, and it is safer to size down. When in doubt, just ask us!
Not finding anything that fits? Try our CUSTOM SKIRTS - Made just for you. You pick size, fabric, and length!
Girl Sizing TIPS
Most of our girl skirts have either stretchy elastic waistbands or adjustable pulls. We do not give hip measurements except for larger sizes, as hips are usually not a factor for the girl figure.
Are you usually a junior or larger girl size? Try our Women's section for smaller sizes.
Maternity Sizing TIPS
Please go by the hips measurements only. Waist measurements are not given, as most maternity skirts have adjustable and/or stretchy waistbands + Pregnant and wanting a flexible wardrobe that will stretch the dollars?
Try our knit or elastic waist skirts in our women's section. These can be worn during and after a pregnancy for super versatility.
Women Sizing TIPS
Do you wear a size 8 or less in women's? Try our Junior or Girls (many styles go up to size 18!) sections to broaden your selection.
Remember not to stress if you find yourself ordering (for example) a size XXXL when you are usually a size 16. Each manufacturing company labels skirt sizes differently. We have put a lot of work into our size charts and size recommendations, so use them as your guide!
Please contact us if you need help with sizing. We would be happy to help you find the best size.