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Clothing Sizes and Size Conversions in Europe

From James Martin,
Your Guide to Europe for Visitors.
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Planning on shopping for clothes in Europe? Find the difference in size between the U.S. (or Canada) and European sizes.

Size conversion isn't an exact science. The numbers below are general, and come from a variety of sources. Note that there is no real standard for sizing women's clothing in the US; more expensive vendors are more generous in sizing so customers will feel thinner. You really have to try clothes on in the store.

Most stores in Europe will have salespeople who can speak enough English to provide assistance about sizing. A good salesperson can look at you and tell you what size you need beacuse they are intimately aware of the sizes they sell. The more expensive the store, the greater likelyhood of English fluency. On the other hand, hand signals work fine when shopping for clothes.For sizes that depend on measurements, remember that one inch = 2.54 centemeters (although 2 1/2 is probably close enough to start).

Women's Clothing
Dresses and Blouses

US

UK

Europe

Italy

France

4
6
34
40
36
6
8
36
42
38
8
10
38
44
40
10
12
40
46
42
12
14
42
48
44
14
16
44
   
16
18
46
   
18
20
48
   

Notes: You may need to add 2 to the UK sizes according to a UK clothing retailer who has emailed me recently. He also notes that the "European sizes" shown apply mostly to Germany and the Scandinavian countries, and don't apply to Italy and France. I've added his recommendations for those country's clothing sizes.

Women's Shoes
Shoe Sizes

US

UK

Europe

4

2 1/2

35

5

3 1/2

37

6

4 1/2

38

7

5 1/2

39

8

6 1/2

40

9

7 1/2

41

 

Men's Clothing
Shirt Sizes

US General

US / UK

Europe

Small

34

87

Medium

36

91

 

38

97

Large

40

102

X-Large

42

107

 

44

112

 

46

117

 

Men's Clothing
Suit Sizes

US/UK

Europe

32

42

34

44

36

46

38

48

40

50

42

52

44

54

 

Men's Clothing
Shoe Sizes

US

UK

Europe

7

5 1/2

39

8

6 1/2

41

9

7 1/2

42

10

8 1/2

43

11

9 1/2

45

12

10 1/2

46

13

11 1/2

47

 

Men's Hats
Hat Sizes

US

UK

Europe

5 3/4

5 3/4

54

6

5 5/8

55

7

6

56

7

7

57

7 1/4

7

58

7 1/2

7

60


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