Zimmermann Size Guide

Zimmermann Size Guide

A fashion brand quite as successful, haling from the coastal cities of Australia is hard to find. Zimmermann has become synonymous with elegant daywear and resort style beachwear for stylish women worldwide.  The online trading of new and pre-loved styles is rampant. In-store visits and try-ons before purchase are not always possible. International sizing conversions can be complicated. Add the complexity of fits, cuts, drapes and fabrications, and the task of solving the puzzle of sizing becomes a tad harder. It is quite a complicated task, but I hope to empower you with relevant information required to figure it all out. How does Zimmermann sizing guide work?

Zimmermann Size Chart 

Source: Zimmermann 

Size

OP

0

1

2

3

4

Australia / UK

6P

8

10

12

14

16

USA

2P

4

6

8

10

12

European

34P

36

38

40

42

44

Italy

38P

40

42

44

46

48

 

The sizes used by Zimmermann clothing are pretty simple to review. The original chart consisted of a simple 0,1,2 and 3. Recently, in response to popular demand, additional sizes were introduced to accommodate a bigger range of body shapes. I think it’s wonderful that they are embracing body positivity in all shapes and sizes. OP for petite, and a plus size 4 have recently been added to the mix. These numbers translate easily into sizes adopted in many countries. Moving from these basic Zimmermann sizing conversion standards, you can then convert these sizes to those adopted in your country. Australian sizing is the same as UK sizing, then there is USA sizing, European (same as French sizing), and also Italian. Safe to say, if you are out hunting for the perfect size, you should find it. 

If it hasn’t sold out!

In my personal opinion there are a few considerations to take into account when purchasing on a Zimmermann sale. Here are some of my personal recommendations:

  • Inspect the material and structure of the garment. Does it contain boning? Where does it fit and where is it loose? The more structured it is, the smaller it will run. 
  • Have a look if the material composition.  Does it contain elastane? This will mean it stretches to fit, you have more room to move
  • I do find that swimwear runs on the smaller side. If in-between, size up.
  • If the shoe has a pointy toe - size up,  often these shoes run short.
  • If you can’t decide - size up, it's safer. It is easier and possible to alter a garment smaller.

Same sizes can vary from brand to brand. I can be a Zimmermann size 1 in one brand an Australian12 in another. To solve this conundrum, the chart below is based on specific body measurements. A handy tape measure will help you ascertain your size. Measure your bust, waist and hips, and match it up to the table below:

Zimmermann Sizing by Body Measurement
Source: Zimmermann 

Size

Bust

 (cm/in)  

Waist

(cm/in)

Hips

(cm/in)

OP

79/31"

62/24.5"

86/34"

0

84/33"

65/25.5"

91/35.5"

1

89/35"

70/27.5"

96/37.5"

2

94/37"

75/29.5"

101/39.5

3

99/39"

80/31"

106/41.5

4

104/41"

85/31.5"

111/43.7"

  

Zimmermann Denim uses the same sizing chart as other popular denim brands such as Levi’s and JBrand. Denim sizes start at size 24 and go up to size 31 . 

Zimmermann Denim Sizing Chart by Body Measurement

Source: Zimmermann

Denim Size

Waist (cm/inch)

Hip (cm/inch)

24

60/23.5

86/34

25

62.5/24.5

88.5/35

26

65/25.5

91/36

27

67.5/26.5

93.5/37

28

70/27.5

96/38

29

72.5/28.5

98.5/39

30

75/29.5

101/40

31

77.5/30.5

103.5/41

32

80/31.5

106/42

 

When it comes to shoes, Zimmermann uses standard European shoe sizing. 

Zimmermann Shoe Sizing Conversion Chart

Source: Zimmermann

Shoe Size

36

37

38

39

40

41

Australia

5

6

7

8

9

10

UK

3

4

5

6

7

8

USA

5.5

6.5

7.5

8.5

9.5

10.5

Italy / EU

36

37

38

39

40

41

France

37

38

39

40

41

42

 

How to authenticate your Zimmermann Purchase

Genuine Zimmermann Label

The next step in your journey of sourcing your dress, skirt, or swimwear is to make absolutely certain that you are not purchasing a fake! Elaborate scams have resulted in near-identical fakes being sold for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. Unfortunately fakes are prolific when brands enjoy succes. I recommend you do your homework to make sure you don’t get duped. The best way to ascertain authenticity is the care label. Here is what you should look for when examining the care label:

  • Spelling errors are dead giveaways! Check for them in the words on the care label. 
  • The spacing of the letters ZIMMERMANN on the care label are spaced out wider on most fake labels as opposed to close together as they are on the original ZIMMERMANN logo.
  • Stitching and placement of the tag are slightly off with counterfeits. Genuine care labels will have evenly-spaced stitching and sewn in below the garment’s seam, as opposed to above it.
  • The ink used to print on the label and care label will be dark, distinct, crisp and even.  Check carefully for any uneven print fading or bleeding of the ink used on the label.

Who Owns Zimmermann?

The founders are two glamorous sisters Nicole and Simone Zimmermann who began their business in their parent’s home garage! Nicole studied fashion at the Sydney Institute of Fashion and Simone brought it together as a business brand. The business has since expanded globally increasing in demand exponentially in all of the world’s fashion capitals. In 2020, a Milan based investment fund, Style Capital acquired a 70% majority stake in the brand. Zimmermann is therefore owned in part by Style Capital and in part by the founding family. Style Capital can now add Zimmermann to their portfolio of other well knowns brands such as MSGM, Forte_Forte and Re/Done. 

Source: Style Capital

Where is Zimmermann made?

Most of Zimmermann’s ready-to-wear lines are designed in Australia, yet manufactured in China. It is often a source of confusion when ascertaining Zimmermann authenticity. Just because it states it was manufactured in China, doesn’t mean you are purchasing a fake. It is quite common amongst many of the world’s leading brands including Apple Inc, for the product to be created and designed in the headquartered country, yet manufactured in China. 

In conclusion when it comes to purchasing the right piece from Zimmermann, there are many tools at your disposal. I recommend beginning at the Zimmermann sizing guides, followed by perusing a few swimwear sizing reviews and of course applying a bit of common sense! After all, nobody knows your own body shape and size, quite like yourself!

About Zimmermann

Zimmerman Sisters Nicky and Simone

After completing a degree in fashion design, they decided to start a ready to wear line, and call it Zimmermann. Their humble beginnings entailed creating a fresh ready to wear resort line and flog them in the local flea markets of Bondi and Paddington, Australia. Nicky possessed an uncanny flair for fabrics, prints, silhouettes and cuts. Very often drawing inspiration from different aspects of their Australian life, their styles were very bohemian yet represented a strong woman who valued her individualism. It didn’t take long before the lure of such dresses, pants and swimsuits caught the attention of women everywhere. Fashionistas from many corners of the earth are in constant search for their dresses, swimwear and shoes. The next step was opening a store in the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Since then the brand has taken on a cult-like appeal and Zimmermann stores are now worldwide. 

Source: Wikipedia

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