European Sizes: Conversion US ⇔ EU ⇔ UK – Shoes & Clothes ✔

European brands offer the finest styles. But how to find the right size in the jungle of different clothing size scales in Europe? European Clothing Size Conversion is not easy. With these EU clothing size charts, you can easily convert your US size into European, UK, French, German or Italian sizes. Euro Size to US.

Clothes sizes in the USA are different from those in other countries. If you are visiting Europe, it is helpful to know the differences in dress and apparel sizes. This page is set up as a helpful support to convert European sizes to approximate US sizes and vice versa. But please note: The size conversion charts below can only be indications. Clothing sizes vary between manufacturers and also between different styles from the same manufacturer. Unfortunately, the producers of the different brands follow their own guidelines and there are no European wide standards available. We try to keep the tables as accurate as possible, but we cannot guarantee that everything is 100% accurate.  You should only use this information as a guide.

European Size Chart for Women

International SizesUS SizesUK SizesFrench SizesItalian SizesGerman Sizes
XS46343632
XS68363834
S810384036
S1012404238
M1214424440
M1616444642
L1818464844
L2020505046
XL2222525248
XL2424545450
XXL2626565652
XXL2828585854

Standard clothing size charts for apparel, dresses, pants etc. Applies for women and girls.

More clothing sizes for women.

European Size Chart for Men

International SizesUS SizesUK SizesFrench SizesItalian SizesGerman Sizes
XS3030403040
XS3232423242
S3434443444
S3636464646
M3838484848
M4040505050
L4242525252
L4444545454
XL4646565656
XL4848585858
XXL5050606060
XXL5252626262

Size chart for clothes and apparel such as pants, suits, cardigans, jumpers etc. Applies for men, youth and boys.

More clothing sizes for men.

Men’s Shirt and Sweater Sizes

US / Internat. SizeUK SizeEuro SizeFrench SizeItalian Size
XS13.5353738
XS14363839
S14.5373940
S15384041
M15.5394142
M15.5404243
L16414344
L16.5424445
XL17434546
XL17.5444647
XXL18454849
XXL18.5465052
3XL19475254
3XL19.5485254
4XL20495456
4XL20.5505456

Women’s Shirt and Sweater Sizes

US / Internat. SizeUK SizeEuro SizeFrench SizeItalian Size
XS6323436
XS8343638
S10363840
S11373941
M12384042
M13394143
L14404244
L15414345
XL16424446
XL17434547
XXL18444648
XXL19454749
3XL20464850
3XL21474951
4XL22485052
4XL23495153

Women’s Pant Sizes

European pant size conversion chart for women, featuring US, British, Italian, German, French and Standard EURO-Sizes.

US / Internat. SizeUK SizeEuro SizeFrench SizeItalian Size
3XS2303236
XXS4323438
XS6343640
S8363842
M10384044
L12404246
XL14424448
XXL16444650
3XL18464852
4XL20485054
5XL22505256
6XL24525458
7XL26545660
8XL28565862

This is how you measure to find the perfect fitting pants.

Men’s Pant Sizes

European pant size conversion chart for men. Use this chart to convert from european sizes to us standard size or vice versa from us to european sizes.

US / Internat. SizeUK SizeEuro SizeFrench SizeItalian Size
XXS244043
XS28254044
XS28264044
S30274246
S30284246
S30294246
M32304448
M32314448
M32324448
L34334650
L34344650
L34354650
XL38364852
2XL42375054
3XL46385256

This is how you measure to find the perfect fitting pants.

International Jeans Size Charts for Men

Waist (Inch)Length (Inch)US / Internat.EuroWaist (CM)Length (CM)
283028/304070 - 7276
293029/304273 - 7576
303230/324475 - 7781
323232/324680 - 8281
333233/324883 - 8581
343234/325085 - 8781
363436/345290 - 9286
383438/345493 - 9886
403440/345699 - 10586
423442/3458105 - 11086
443444/3460110 - 11386
 

International Jeans Size Charts for Women

Waist (Inch)US Jeans SizeEuroWaist (CM)
2403261
24.523263
25.543465
26.563467
27.583670
28.5103873
30.5124077
31.5144280
33164284
34184486
Waist (Inch)Length (Inch)US / Internat.EuroWaist (CM)Hips (CM)
253225/323261 - 6384 - 87
263226/323464 - 6688 - 91
273227/3234/3666 - 6890 - 93
283228/323667 - 7092 - 95
293229/323871 - 7496 - 98
303230/3238/4073 - 7698 - 99
313231/324075 - 7899 - 101
323232/3240/4277 - 80101 - 102
333233/324279 - 82102 - 104
343234/324483 - 87105 - 108
353235/3244/4686 - 90107 - 110
363236/324688 - 93109 - 112
373237/3246/4891 - 96111 - 114
383238/324894 - 99113 - 116
373239/3248/5097 - 103115 - 118
403240/3250100 - 106117 - 121

How to convert European Clothing Sizes

How to convert European Sizes

If you want to convert US sizes into the corresponding EU sizes, you can look up the respective US size in the European Size Chart above. For your convenience, we have prepared a few dedicated European Clothes and Shoe Size conversions below:

38 EU in US

  • A women’s shoe size 38 EU in US is a women’s shoe size 8 and the foot length is about 9 5/8 inches.
  • A EU men’s shoe size 38 corresponds to a US men’s shoe size 6.5 and the foot length is about 9 5/8 inches.
  • A men’s clothing size 38 EU in US is a men’s clothing size of XS to S.
  • Find here more info about women’s or men’s clothing sizes or further help on shoe size conversion.

Men’s Shoe Sizes

InchUK Shoe SizeUS Shoe SizeEuro Shoe SizeFrench Shoe SizeItalian Shoe Size
94.5536.53736
9.12555.5373837
9.255.5637.53837
9.566.5383938
9.6256.5738.53938
9.7577.5394039
107.5839.54039
10.12588.5404140
10.258.59414240
10.599.5424342
10.6259.510434443
10.751010.5444544
1110.511454645
11.2511.512464746
11.62512.513474847
1213.514484948
12.2514.515495049
12.62515.516505150
1316.517515251

Find out, how to measure your shoe size here.

Women’s Shoe Sizes

InchUK Shoe SizeUS Shoe SizeEuro Shoe SizeFrench Shoe SizeItalian Shoe Size
8.2514343534
8.51.54.534.535.534.5
8.62525353635
8.752.55.535.536.535.5
936363736
9.1253.56.536.537.536.5
9.2547373837
9.54.57.537.538.537.5
9.62558383938
9.755.58.538.539.538.5
1069394039
10.1256.59.539.540.539.5
10.25710404140
10.57.510.540.541.540.5
10.625811414241
118.51241.542.541.5
11.25913424342
11.6259.51442.543.542.5

Find out, how to measure your shoe size here.

How to calculate European Sizes

At present, the sizes are usually indicated according to the following formula: Clothing size = chest circumference divided by 2 centimeters. For women, 6 is deducted from this value.

Example calculation: For men with a chest circumference of 88 cm: 88 cm / 2 cm = clothing size 44 (men). For women: 88 cm / 2 cm – 6 = 44 – 6 = size 38 (women). However, as this specification is not binding, the clothing sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Rules of thumb for clothing size conversion

The arms are too short and the crotch sits nowhere. When shopping on holiday, you are usually faced with the challenge of finding the right size. And the right brand for your figure.

In Germany, the size 38 sweater fits perfectly. In Italy, the top in size 38 looks like you are squeezed in. Three numbers have to be deducted from tourists in order to convert the Italian sizes into German ones. In France, it’s only one size difference. The same goes for gentlemen: A German 48 would be 54 in Italy and 50 in France.

Converting English and American sizes is difficult, as visitors have to memorize a different starting value instead of the principle “minus three sizes” or “minus two”. In the USA the German 32 is a 4, the 34 a 6, the 36 an 8 – and so on. In the UK, this conversion has to be increased by 2. The 32 is a 6, the 34 an 8.

Men’s sizes in the USA and Great Britain are again different. For pullovers and jackets, the rule is: minus ten. For example, the German 48 would be a 38 in the USA and Great Britain, and the numbers for shirts are different again: A German 36 would be 14 in the UK and USA, a 37 would be 14.5, a 38 would be 15 and so on.

If you are overwhelmed with conversion, you should look for International standard sizes from XS to XXXL. Many manufacturers already place these standard sizes next to the domestic ones. In spite of converters and supposed standard sizes, tourists have to be aware of one thing: They cannot rely on size designations. It is still only indicative.

Understanding European size tables and clothing sizing systems

The mirrors of Italian dressing rooms often reflect horrified faces. Then, for example, when holidaymakers suddenly no longer fit into the size they are used to. This is often because the sizing systems are very different in the European countries. The European standardization, despite some initiatives, has so far stopped before the garment sizes. Whether France, Great Britain or Spain – each country has its own clothing size system.

As early as 1994, standard European clothing sizes were to be introduced. The result: the non-compulsory EN 13402 standard. However, this standard created quite some resistance in important fashion countries such as Italy, France or Great Britain.

In the USA, clothing sizes are also marked differently. There one counts upwards from Small (S), over Medium (M) to Large (L). The system can be extended upwards and downwards with extras (X’ s) – from XXS to XXL. The dress sizes for women are given in even numbers from 0 to 26, while 0 is small and 26 are very large. For men’s clothing sizes in North America, factor 10 must be deducted from the European equivalent. For example, a 52 corresponds to 42.

The basis for European sizes is always the chest circumference. Measurement of hips, waist, chest/breast, inner seam and arm length: In Germany, the measured value is halved for men in terms of size, while in women, half of the figure is reduced by a further six centimeters. Example: A bust circumference of 96 centimeters results in a size of 48 for men and 42 for women. For women, an average body height of 164 to 170 centimeters is assumed for all sizes. Women who fall out of the grid tend to find what they are looking for in the long or short sizes.

The usual sizes for normal sizes in Germany – 32 to 54 for women and 40 to 62 for men – also apply in Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Poland.

Internationally and especially in the sports sector, the Unisex sizes with the designation S, M and L (plus additional Xs for “extra large” or “extra small” sizes) have been established. As a rule, the above figure of 48 corresponds to size M for men and size XL for women, although the underlying dimensions can be very different. An Asian M is therefore often much smaller than in Europe!

(A comprehensive guide to Asian clothing sizes is available here.)

Pants sizes pose a particular problem for many customers, as the ratio of leg length to hip circumference does not always match the standard clothing sizes. This is why some manufacturers offer their pants in different lengths. The most commonly-known case of this can be found in jeans. Here the waistband circumference and the inside leg length (also called “inseam”) are mostly given in inches, the sizes are called inch sizes. For example, size 32/34 for men describes a waistband circumference of 32 inches (~81 centimeters) with a leg length of 34 inches (~86 centimeters). In order to calculate its inch size, divide the calculated centimeter value by 2.54.

Problem: Varying body proportions

Even though you might have converted properly, you can still be surprised in the changing room with short trouser legs or pullover sleeves. This is because clothing sizes are based on different proportions. Arm length, leg length, waist and bust circumference in relation to body height – on average, people in different regions are differently constructed.

The typical woman in Germany is slightly A-shaped: slightly less breasts and more hips. In France and Italy, women are more dainty and stockier, arm and leg lengths are shorter. In the Scandinavian countries, it says:”bigger, wider, longer”. In Great Britain and the USA, the overall dimensions are more generous.

And as if buyers don’t have enough to do with different size designations and proportions, there is another component: the brands. Manufacturers interpret sizes for themselves. Some brands cheat on the sizes and label a 40 as a 38 to make customers feel slimmer.

You may refer to the following sizing guides for jeans and pants to learn more about how measurements of clothing sizes vary per brand.