The Rational Dress Society has developed a comprehensive new sizing system that can accommodate 248 body types, using gender-neutral terminology. Unisex clothing, a term conceived during the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, is defined as a single garment that may be worn by either gender. In practice however, unisex garments truly function only when they are large enough that they may be worn by many. With the exception of a few individuals, this approach leaves a bifurcated result. One: the majority will not fit well into this garment. Two: instead of celebrating gender neutrality, it unwittingly highlights the differences between genders and body types – akin to a child wearing a parent’s article of clothing.
In order to achieve the visual uniformity fundamental to JUMPSUIT an entirely new approach must be systematized. Since the advent of the prete-a-porte industrialized system of garment manufacture we have witnessed the slow ebb of well fitting garments. As a result we are left adrift, wallowing in a sea of Lycra® imbued jersey.
JUMPSUIT embraces the physiological differences between bodies, tall and short, round and narrow. The resulting patterns fit the individual while maintaining the visual oneness of the collective. The unique dimensions of each participant correspond to points on the RDS Anthropometric Sizing Grid™, with like elements grouped together in a user-friendly interface. The result is the ability to order a truly well-fitting garment, customized to the individual form. In this way, we will create apparel that is justly available to all, regardless of body type.
ANTHROPOMETRIC SIZING SURVEY
The following survey will assist in determining which JUMPSUIT size is right for you.* In order to complete this survey you will need a flexible tape measure and a comrade to assist in measuring.** A pdf of the Anthropometric Sizing Survey is available here: RDS Anthropometric Sizing Survey
Section 1: Which body type is right for me?
JUMPSUIT is offered in three base body types: A, I and V based on variable hip to chest ratios. To determine your body type, please record the specific measurements listed below. Watch the following video for a demonstration of how to take measurements for JUMPSUIT.
1. What is your chest measurement? Measure your chest in inches at the fullest point, as demonstrated in the video, and record the result.
2. What is your waist measurement? Measure your waist at the narrowest point, as demonstrated in the video, and record the result.
3. What is your full hip measurement? Measure your hip at the fullest point (including the butt!) as demonstrated in the video, and record the result.
4. Determine chest ratio. Subtract your waist measurement from your chest measurement and record the result.
Chest – waist = chest ratio
5. Determine hip ratio. Subtract your waist measurement from your hip measurement and record the result.
Hip – waist = hip ratio
Section 2: Fitted or Unfitted?
JUMPSUIT comes in two categories: fitted and unfitted. Regardless of category, JUMPSUIT is designed to have a semi-tailored look (neither shapeless nor skin-tight). With this is mind we provide the option to choose bust darts (fitted) or a roomier flat-chested look (unfitted).
Section 3: Select body type
Fitted A: JUMPSUIT sizes with a Fitted A body type will have a chest ratio of 9 inches or less, and a hip ratio of 12 inches or more.
Fitted I: JUMPSUIT sizes with a Fitted I body type will have a chest ratio of 9 inches or less, and a hip ratio of 11.5 inches or less.
Fitted V: JUMPSUIT sizes with a Fitted V body type will have a chest ratio of 9.5 inches or more, and a hip ratio of 11.5 inches or less.
Unfitted A: JUMPSUIT sizes with an Unfitted A body type will have a chest ratio of 8 inches or less, and a hip ratio of 8.5 inches or more.
Unfitted I: JUMPSUIT sizes with a Unfitted I body type will have a chest ratio of 8 inches or less, and a hip ratio of 8 inches or less.
Unfitted V: JUMPSUIT sizes with a Unfitted V body type will have a chest ratio of 8.5 inches or more, and a hip ratio of 8 inches or less.
Section 4: Amendments to your size based on lifestyle and performance needs
6. Will you be wearing layers under your JUMPSUIT, such as long underwear or quilted liners? If you answered “Yes” then add 2-4 inches to both your waist and hip measurements depending on the amount of extra layers you anticipate wearing.
7. Do you prefer to wear the crotch on your pants low? If you answered “Yes” shift your height category to the next taller category.
8. Do you have especially muscular thighs? For example, you are an athlete. If you answered “Yes,” add 2 inches to your hip measurement and return to step four, as your body type category will have likely changed.
Section 5: Determining your size
9. What is your height? Measure your height in inches and record the result.
10. Consult the RDS Anthropometric Sizing Grid. Find the chart that corresponds to your body type: Fitted A, I, or V or Unfitted, A, I, or V. Using your height, waist, and chest measurements, consult the Anthropometric Sizing Grid to determine your exact size.
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*The RDS Anthropometric Sizing System is from the future. If you have any questions about how to determine your size, pleas feel free to email us for a consultation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Flexible tape measures can be purchased at most pharmacies.