Strange french sizes (from my perspective)

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  1. skeptic

    skeptic Well-Known Member

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    I recently ran across clothing made by Taillissime with sizes ranging from 42/43 through 61/62, which seems to be some combination of chest sizes and something else added on to the numbers. Anyone care to explain? Not planning on purchasing any items, but just curious.
     


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    do they have 41/42 and 42/43, or other fractions with the same numerator or denominators? if not, it might just be a lazy way of covering two sizes (41, 42, etc) with one garment as manufacturers try to force everybody into the "standard" sizes.
     


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    No, so I'm assuming it's similar to forcing people into 38/40, for instance. What threw me is the 61/62...that's an awfully large chest. But, perhaps these are the actual garment sizes? Strange, because nothing else there is sized that way.
     


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    I think this is for big people ...
     


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    like French farmers?
     


  6. AskAndyAboutClothes

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    skeptic:

    European sizes are 10 more than U.S. or U.K. so that a 42 suit would be a 52 in France. I think they are just bracketing.

    Andy
     


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    My shoes are 43.

    Do you think I am BIG FOOT (without the Anderson.) ?
     


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    I think Andy is correct about the sizes just being European (+10), but another item by the same company ranges from 39/40 to 54/56, which confused me. (29 chest?...and no, it's no unisex). Both items are coats. I just wondered if they were incorporating length or something into the numbers, as I've seen this before.

    I don't think you're big foot, as I wear a 44 shoe (converting, as I don't own any European-made shoes). :) Actually, the ideal body proportions (for a man) should be 44-31-37 with a 43 shoe, IMHO. As I'm 40-29-36 and wear a C-width shoe, I must be between a man and a woman. :)
     


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    So it is the same for clothes as for shoes.

    Just another scale
     


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