European clothing measures

I'm a Size WHAT?! How to convert American clothes and shoe sizes to European and British ones

The United States, Britain, and Continental Europe all use different systems for measurements to make sure, no matter who we are, nothing will quite fit properly.

As anyone who's ever carried more than the allowed four items into a dressing room knows, clothing size is rather more subjective than it should be (especially for women), and sizes vary between manufacturers and from store to store.

Basically: you gotta try it on no matter what. But at least the following charts will give you a ballpark size to take off the rack and start with.

Women's Coats and Dresses
United States 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Europe 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
Great Britain 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20

 


Women's Shoes
United States 5 6 7 8 9 10
Europe 36 37 38 39 40 41
Great Britain 4 5 6 7 8 9

 


Men's Jackets
United States 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
Europe 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58
Great Britain 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48

 


Men's Shirts
United States 14 14-1/2 15 15-1/2 16 16-1/2 17 17-1/2
Europe 36 37 38 39 41 42 43 44
Great Britain 14 14-1/2 15 15-1/2 16 16-1/2 17 17-1/2


Men's Shoes
United States 7 8 9 10 11 12
Europe 39 41 43 44 45 46
Great Britain 6 7 8 9 10 11

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in August 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.


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