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ISO updates clothing size standards to help reduce returns

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has updated its ISO 8559 series of standards for clothing manufacturers to help improve fit and reduce returns.

The standards provide guidelines for clothing manufacturers to develop size and shape profiles based on different populations, in order to create a wide range of clothing and mannequins.

They have recently been updated to reflect changes in the clothing market and aim to eliminate trade barriers by harmonising size marking across the world.

The ISO 8559 standards define how and where to measure the body.

Reena Pandarum, chair of the clothing sizing system committee ISO/TC 133, said the revised standards provide a universal set of size markings and terms of reference.

“This will help to simplify information on garment labels for shoppers as, currently, body dimensions are listed on garment sizing labels that do not relate to the body measurements,” she said.

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