Variety Hour Size Guide
The tables below provide the suggested measurements of the body for each size. However, garment style often influences the fit, so we also include the exact measurements of each product across sizes in our product descriptions.
Selecting your size
Because our clothes are not fitted we have chosen an Alpha (e.g. S, M) size set with the above suggested numerical size range.
With fitted styles like pants take your normal size. For example if you are usually a size AU10, choose S, if you are AU12, choose M, and so on.
Size up if you prefer an oversize fit or down if you like your clothing more fitted.
We have an in-depth blog article breaking down our size guide that you can read here. We also explain how to measure yourself correctly below.
How to Measure
The three key measurements to determine your size are your bust, waist and hip measurements. We list which ever measurements are relevant to the fit of the style in each product description. We recommend you use a flat, fabric measuring tape to take your measurements. For best results, measure without clothes on and in front of a mirror so you can make sure you are holding the tape firmly and correctly. Below is a guide to where to take each measurement however each body is different so please adjust placement where necessary and make sure you are measuring the widest part of each section.
The bust measurement is the most important measurement in the majority of our styles. To measure your bust, place the tape measure underneath your armpit and run it all the way around the fullest part of your bust and across your back and shoulder blades. For best results, wear the bra you plan on wearing with the garment.
To measure the waist you firstly need to find your natural waistline which is usually at the top of the hip where the waist naturally dips in, mid way between the belly button and bottom rib cage. If struggling, when you bend from side to side, a crease should form where your natural waist sits. Hold the tape measure at one side and loop the tape measure around the front and back of your torso.
With your feet placed together, stand up straight and run the tape measure over the widest part of your buttocks and hips. Starting from one side of your hip, run the tape measure right around your front and back to where you started measuring from. Make sure you keep the tape measure as firm and straight as possible.
Writing your measurements on your phone or sticky note will help you become more familiar with reading size charts and getting a better understanding on how to interpret. With changes to how we shop for clothing changing dramatically over the last few years it can still feel overwhelming. If you spend some time measuring yourself and a few garments you will quickly learn what to look for and feel more confident reading size charts. From my personal experience it definitely takes some of the stress away with sizing.
Measuring a Garment
Alternatively you can take measurements from a style existing in your wardrobe that has a similar shape and you like the fit of. For bust you measure from armpit to armpit and double the measurement. For hips and waist you can measure from one side of the garment to the other where your waist and hip falls and again times the measurement by two. This is a good alternative if purchasing a style you are familiar with. For example, our Satu Dress is our VH version of your classic Smock shape so you can take measurements from another smock in your wardrobe.
You bust is the most 'flexible' measurement because it can be affected easily by what undergarments we wear, how the neckline of the dress sits and how much 'squish' (not a technical term) you can get away with. So we always recommend measuring a few garments to get a better understanding of your range for this specific area.