Men’s Size Charts: Guide how to Measure, Convert. + EASY Fitting Guide

What size am I? On this site you will find Men’s Sizing Charts, Converter from and to US-sizes and an easy guide on how to measure.

Measurement Guide for Men

Size, posture, and figure determine your clothing size. Get your measurements and then use one of the size charts to find your perfect fit. Be sure to measure without clothes and close to the body.

  • Chest measurement: As mentioned above, the chest is the most important body part for jacket measurement. Stand up straight, relax your arms at your side. Ideally ask your mum, spouse, or best friend, to wrap the tape measure around your chest area. Make sure the tape measure has a little room (max. an inch) to move. Depending on the type of jacket (casual vs. formal) you can add an additional inch (casual can be looser). Measure horizontally around the body at the strongest part of the chest with a tape measure.
  • Hip measurement: The hip is measured in the same way as described above for the chest but around your hip. Measure horizontally at the strongest part of the buttocks.
  • Height measurement: Please take off your shoes as measurements need to be made without shoes, from head to toe. The recommended measuring point is the door frame in which you can stand up straight.

Men's Sizes: Guide How to Measure

Men’s Clothing Size Chart

To convert US-Sizes into International Sizes (EURO-Sizes).

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

Men’s Pants Sizes (Waist)

SizeWaist in InchesWaist in Centimeters
XS28-3071-76
S30-3276-81
M32-3481-86
L34-3686-91
XL36-3891-96
XXL40-44101-111
3XL46-50117-127
4XL52-54132-137
5XL56-60142-152
6XL62-64157-162

How to measure pants size?

Men’s Pants Size Length

Size LengthLength in InchesLength in Centimeters
Extra Short2769
Short2974
Regular3179
Long3384
Extra Long3589

How to measure pants size?

International Pants Size Chart for Men

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

How to measure pants size?

 

Guide: Measure your Pants Size like this

  • To determine your pants size, take your waist size at the top of the hipbone over the shirt and not over your pants. Hold the tape loose and not too tight.
  • Get your inseam measurement from the crotch base to the top of your shoes.
  • Your hip size is determined by measuring the circumference of your hips while keeping the tape horizontal.
  • It is worth remembering that if you are on the borderline between two sizes, always order the larger size.

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

 

Men’s Jeans Sizes (Waist)

SizeWaist in InchesWaist in Centimeters
XS28-3071-76
S30-3276-81
M32-3481-86
L34-3686-91
XL36-3891-96
XXL40-44101-111
3XL46-50117-127
4XL52-54132-137
5XL56-60142-152
6XL62-64157-162

How to measure jeans size?

Men’s Jeans Size Length

Size LengthLength in InchesLength in Centimeters
Extra Short2769
Short2974
Regular3179
Long3384
Extra Long3589

Men’s Jeans Size Conversion Chart

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

You can determine your jeans size by measuring an existing pair of jeans that fit you well. Simply lay your jeans on a flat surface and take the width of your jeans at the upper corner of the pants waistband with a measuring tape applied from left to right. Determine your inseam by measuring your crotch down to the bottom of your jeans. You can also get your rise measurement by beginning at the crotch of your jeans to the top of your waist.

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

Jeans Size Calculator

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

When purchasing a shirt, there are four essential measurements you have to determine. These are the sizes of your neck, chest, waist, and sleeves:

  • Your neck size is measured by putting the tape around the thickest section of your neck.
  • For your chest size, wrap the tape at the widest part of your chest. The tape should be under your armpits and is parallel to the ground.
  • The waist size is determined by standing straight and wrapping the tape around your natural waistline. The tape should be slightly loose.
  • Finally, the sleeve size is determined by keeping your arms relaxed at your sides. Measure from the center of the back of your neck until your shoulder and the entire length of the arm.

You have the option to add an extra half inch to the cuff measurement to ensure a perfect fit.

For a comprehensive sizing guide on men’s dress shirts, click here.

Men’s Jackets Sizes

Body height (inch)Chest width (inch)US sizeEuropean sizeBody height (cm)Chest width (cm)
63 - 6430 - 32XXXS40160 - 16478 - 81
64 - 6532 - 34XXS42162 - 16682 - 85
65 - 6634 - 36XS44166 - 17086 - 89
66 - 6736 - 38S46168 - 17390 - 93
67 - 6838 - 40M48171 - 17694 - 97
68 - 6940 - 42L50174 - 17998 - 101
69 - 7042 - 44L52177 - 182102 - 105
70 - 7144 - 45XL54180 - 184106 - 109
71 - 7244 - 45XL56182 - 186110 - 113
72 - 7345 - 46XXL58184 - 188114 - 117
73 - 7446 - 47XXL60185 - 189118 - 121
74 - 7547 - 483XL62187 - 191122 - 125
75 - 7648 - 493XL64189 - 193126 - 129
76 - 7749 - 504XL66191 - 194130 - 133
77 - 7850 - 515XL68193 - 196134 - 137
78 - 7951 - 525XL70195 - 198138 - 141
79 - 8052 - 536XL72197 - 200142 - 145

To get your over-arm measurement, stand upright and let your arms hang straight at your sides. Let someone measure the broadest part of your shoulders over your arms keeping the measuring tape parallel to the ground. The measurement minus 7 is your jacket size.

When necessary, especially on suit jackets, the chest measurement is very important. Let someone wrap the tape around your chest area brushing over your shoulder blades. Make sure that the tape measure has a room for movement and is not too tight. Adding an extra inch or two is applicable when you want a looser fitting jacket. This is acceptable for casual sports coats or jackets.

For the jacket length, the tape measure is placed on top of your shoulder where you would have a t-shirt seem. For standard jackets like blazer or coat, measure down to the top of the thigh, for a top coat measure to just above the knee.

Getting the sleeve length is also crucial, and it is measured by placing your hand on your hip, so your arms are slightly bent. Measure from the center back of your neck all the way along your arm to the wrist.

This is how you measure to find the perfectly fitting jacket.

Men’s Suit Sizes

Internat. Suit SizeUS Suit SizeEuro Suit SizeChest (Inch)Waist (Inch)Arm (Inch)
S3446342831.5
S3646363032
M3848383232.5
M4048403433
L4250423633.5
L4452443834
XL4654464034.5
XL4855484235
XXL5056504435.5
XXL5256524636

Determining your suit size is almost the same as measuring your jacket size. The chest measurement should be measured under the arms.

The shoulder is measured from the top of shoulder across the back, seam to seam. The length can be measured from the bottom of the collar to bottom of the jacket and the sleeve from top of shoulder to end of the seam.

To  provide a space for adequate movement, it is typical that you add 2 inches on your chest measurement. Also, the US size of a suit  is larger by 10 compared to the UK size. Therefore, a size 50 in the UK is size 40 in the US.

When you are getting generically sized suits, pick the closest size to what your measurements are. This is very helpful, especially when finding the best fitting suit every time.

This is how you measure to find the perfectly fitting suit.

A helpful guide on men’s suit jackets can be found here.

Men’s Underwear Sizes

International SizeUS & UK SizeEuropean & German SizeFrench SizeItalian Size
S32423
M34534
L36645
XL38756
XXL40867

Wearing underwear regularly is necessary for men for support, protection, temperature regulation, and hygiene purposes. Today, there are different men underwear styles to choose from, and purchasing the best ones is usually a matter of personal taste. Men shoppers usually choose among the following basic and most common types of underwear:

  • Briefs. This type of underwear is very snug thanks to its distinctive Y-shaped form and its elastic waistband. It provides great support to the genitals, which makes it the best one to wear for physical activities. They are also less conspicuous than other wear styles, making them the ideal undergarment when wearing formal attire.
  • Boxers. They are a lot like loose shorts, making them breathable and comfortable. However, it does not offer the same level of support that briefs do. A lot of men prefer wearing boxers because they come in various colors, prints and patterns, and fabrics.
  • Trunks or Boxer-Briefs. These underpants are a combination of briefs and boxers. They are skin-tight like briefs, but they are as long as boxers are. They provide the wearer a lot of support, which makes it suitable for exercises or for wearing tight bottoms.

There are other underwear styles that are not as common but are still worn by some men. Some examples are bikini briefs (which are usually worn by professional bodybuilders) and thongs.

Plus Sizes for Men

As a rule of the thumb, plus sizes are chosen when you are 6’2’’ or shorter, and your waist measurement is equal or larger than your chest measurement.

To determine your big size, you need to measure your chest and waist.

Your waist is determined by measuring the circumference around your waist where your slacks are worn.

Get your chest measurement by measuring the circumference around your chest at the fullest part (nipple-height) and always measure under your arms.

Big or plus sizes are marked as 1X, 2X, 3X, etc. An XL is usually equivalent to 1X, and an XXL is like a 2X. On some brands, 0X falls between large or extra large.

For tall items, the size may be tagged with a “T” or “Tall” after the size number. Usually, you will see them as 3X Tall or 3XT.

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
  • The most accurate way to measure your shoe size is by outlining your foot on a piece of paper. Make sure that the paper is stable on the floor, so it does not move.
  • Sit on a chair and place your foot on top the paper.
  • Place the pencil or marker perpendicular to the paper and not on the angle or under the foot.
  • Now, trace the outline of your foot at a time.
  • You may notice a slight difference in both feet and use the larger number among the two. Take note of the length by measuring the tip of the heel to your longest toe and the width by measuring the broadest part of your shoes.
  • Subtract 3/16ths of an each from each number to accommodate the small space between the line made by the pencil and your actual foot. The result is your final shoe measurement.

Find out, how to measure your shoe size here.

Ring Sizes for Men

To determine your ring size, use a string, a dental floss, or a strip of paper and wrap it around the base of your finger. Mark the meeting point on the string and with a millimeter ruler, measure the string. Convert it to inches as necessary.

Keep in mind to allow enough room to accommodate your knuckle. Also, different fingers on the same and opposite hand may differ in sizes. Therefore, measure the specific finger on which you are planning to wear the ring. Lastly, it is best to measure your fingers at the end of the day where your fingers are likely to be largest.

You can repeat the whole process to make sure you achieved the right size.

Vanity Sizing

Vanity sizing or size inflation is the tendency for clothes to become bigger in physical size over time. Many suggest that vanity sizing is designed to compliment individuals and satify one’s wish to look thin causing them to feel better.

The clothing sizes in United Stated run larger than their counterparts in other countries like China. For instance, Old Navy apparels measure larger than when compared to Uniqlo since its customers tend to be larger.

Vanity sizing is more common in women but also occurs in men’s clothing. If you’ve been observant, men’s pants are traditionally marked with two numbers, the waist, and inseam size. The nominal inseam is fairly accurate while the nominal waist may be quite smaller than the actual waist. This phenomenon has been well-studied in the US and UK where a misleading label was found to understate waist circumferences by 1.5 to 2 inches.

Whether the purpose of this practice is to drive revenue and boost confidence to wearers, it’s actually plaguing the consumers making online shopping more tricky and challenging.

During the early 1800s, the invention of clothing sizes was recorded, all items of clothing were made to fit individuals by tailors. Eventually, it was noticed that the human body dimensions were relatively small. For this purpose, three sizes were established: the Horizontal torso measurement, Vertical torso measurement, and Sleeve measurements.

Moving to 1939, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) established that five important measurements are needed to determine a woman’s size. These are the weight, height, and the girth of the bust, waist, and hip.

Come 1958, the first set of sizing standards were published and recognized but later on updated on the 1970s to suit the current market. These standards became voluntary for manufacturers

The pattern size standard measurements have remained the same since the 1960s. However, body shapes and sizes are constantly changing and consumer soon embraced the benefit of vanity sizing. Today, clothing sizes are still being refined, but there are no existing commercial standards on clothing sizes measurements thereby allowing manufacturers to determine their sizes.

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