European Clothing Sizes and Size Conversions

Convert a US or UK size to European, Italian, or French sizes

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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 because they are intimately aware of the sizes they sell. The more expensive the store, the greater likelihood 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 centimeters (although 2 1/2 is probably close enough to start).

Below the clothing size charts you'll find some tips on shopping for clothes in Europe.

Women's Sizing

USUKEuropeItalyFrance
Women's Clothing: Dresses and Blouses*
46344036
68364238
810384440
1012404642
1214424844
141644--
161846--
182048--

*Note: You may need to add 2 to the UK sizes in the chart above. The "European sizes" shown apply mostly to Germany and the Scandinavian countries, and don't apply to Italy and France.

 

USUKEurope
Women's Shoes
42 1/235
53 1/237
64 1/238
75 1/239
86 1/240
97 1/241

Men's Sizing

US GeneralUS / UKEurope
Men's Clothes: Shirt Sizes
Small3487
Medium3691
 3897
Large40102
X-Large42107
 44112
 46117
US/UKEurope
Men's Clothing: Suit Sizes
3242
3444
3646
3848
4050
4252
4454
Men's Clothing: Shoe Sizes
USUKEurope
75 1/239
86 1/241
97 1/242
108 1/243
119 1/245
1210 1/246
1311 1/247
Men's Clothing: Men's Hats
USUKEurope
5 3/45 3/454
65 5/855
7656
7757
7 1/4758
7 1/2760

Notes on Shopping for Clothes in Europe

As with any shop, it's best to greet the European shopkeeper with a hearty "Good morning" (or day, or evening) in the local language, as shopkeepers consider their shops an extension of their homes, and will treat you better if you use the polite words and greetings. You might even catch a break on prices.

A good source of inexpensive clothing is at an open air market. Weekly markets in smaller towns and daily in larger usually have an increasing number of vendors for clothing. You might be amazed at what you find and prices are usually better than you'll find in the US.