U.K. clothing sizes
I'm a size what? U.K. clothing sizes measures and shoe sizes and how to convert American clothes sizes to British (and European) 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.
U.K., U.S., and metric sizes for women's clothing and shoes
Figuring out U.K. dress sizes from U.S. ones is pretty easy: just add 4 (and try not to feel too insulted by it).
When it comes to continental European sizes, things get trickier, since many countries have their own formula, usually a variation on diving the bust circumference in half (Italy stops at that, but France divides then subtracts 4, Germany subtracts 6).
|Women's dresses, coats, and suits|
U.K., U.S., and metric sizes sizes for men's clothing and shoes
Men have it easy. Shoe measurements in the U.K. are just half a size smaller than in the U.S., and most British clothing manufacturers use the same measurements as does the U.S. (though a few prefer the continental European sizing—and might do so increasingly as the metric system slowly takes over).
|Men's pants: Waist|
|Men's pants: Length|