Clothing Size Conversion Necessary When Shopping Online in the US
No matter what country you’re from, chances are that the sizing conventions in your country are different than those found in USA clothing stores or shoe stores. Whether you’re looking for overseas shipping on a trendy new swimsuit or plus-size clothing from the US, you want make sure you order the right size.
One drawback to buying from USA stores and shipping internationally is that you can’t try things on before purchasing them. So what’s the best way to make sure you order the right size? Read below for tips!
Clothing Sizes in the US, Europe, and Asia
A lot of clothing comes in general sizes like Small (S) Medium (M) or Large (L). These sizes are commonly found on simple clothes like t-shirts and loose-fitting clothes. Other types of clothing, like socks, gloves or stockings, also follow these conventions. General sizes are usually similar between the US and Europe, but Asian shoppers might find that their “L” size is equal to a US “M.”
Since you can’t try things on when you shop at US stores and ship overseas, a great way to know if an “M” is really an “M” is to check the customer reviews on the store’s website. Many times customers will leave comments about an item’s fit, such as “it’s labeled ‘S’ but fits closer to an ‘M’,” or “I suggest ordering one size up!”
Men’s Clothing Size Conversion
It’s easy to know men’s shirt and pants sizes in the US, because they usually relate to the clothing’s actual dimensions measured in inches. If your country typically measures in centimeters, all you have to do is convert from inches to centimeters.
The numbers on men’s shirt measure the distance around the neck, and the length of the sleeves. Pants sizes also use two numbers: the first is the distance around the waist, the second is the length of the inseam. Suit jackets and coats are measured around the chest, under the arms.
You can use this men’s clothing size conversion tool to make sure you’re ordering the right sizes when shopping online at USA clothing stores.
Women’s Clothing Size Conversion
Not surprisingly, women’s clothing is a bit more complicated than men’s!
Women’s dress sizes are measured according to height and figure type. If you’re between 5’2″ and 5’5″ and have a slender figure, you’re technically a “junior” size (no matter what age you are!). Women between 5’5″ and 5’7″ tall are a “misses” size, and “women’s” sizes are for women 5’5″ and 5’8″ with fuller and rounder figures.
Like with men’s clothing, it’s helpful to look at customer reviews before buying dresses from USA online stores. Many times, customers will leave comments about the sizing and labeling of dreses that can help you determine the right fit. Here’s a tip: the more expensive the dress is, the higher the chance that the manufacturer has labeled it a size down! 🙂
You can use this women’s clothing size conversion tool to make sure you order the right size when shopping at US stores online.
Shoe Size Conversion
Shoes are a whole other issue. US shoe sizes vary by 1/3 of an inch per size. In Europe, shoe sizes are measured in centimeters, and differ by 2/3 per size. This makes it tricky when comparing US and European shoe sizes, since you can never get an exact match.
What’s more, you might be used to shoe sizes being the same for men and women in Europe or Asia. At US shoe stores, women’s shoes are about 1 to 1-1/2 sizes greater than the same length men’s shoe.
Children’s and baby shoes are even more complicated! Again, it’s best to check the customer comments on the store website to know for sure how something fits.
Clothing Size Conversion Charts
If you’re not sure of the differences between US sizes and the sizes in your country, use these clothing size conversion charts to help you find your size:
- Men’s Clothing Size Conversion Chart
- Women’s Clothing Size Conversion Chart
- Men’s Shoe Size Conversion Chart
- Women’s Shoe Size Conversion Chart
Tips for Ordering the Right Size?
What are your tips for ordering the right size clothing & shoes from USA stores online? What brands do you find to be the most consistent? Do you usually rely on labels, or do you ask the store or advice? Share your tips in the comments section!