What Size Waist Is a 32-Inch?

In terms of women’s jean sizes, a 32-inch waist corresponds to a size 32. However, depending on the brand and design of the garment, a 32-inch waist is typically somewhere between a size 14 and an XL in conventional women’s US dress sizes.

When choosing a clothing size, it’s crucial to take into account factors outside only waist measurement. Due to a person’s height, the inseam length, hip, and thigh measures are crucial factors for jeans and pants.

Depending on a woman’s cup size, someone with a 32-inch waist may need to size up or down for dresses. Nothing beats trying an item on to determine if it fits—size charts are only guides.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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