Clothes sizes: US vs. China

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Clothing sizes in China are always confusing and even the Chinese sometimes have no clue. If you are to visit or living in China, it is surely useful to know the differences in clothing sizes. The following charts are supposed to be a useful tool in converting clothing sizes.

However, we cannot guarantee that the information is absolutely correct, because sizes of clothing vary between manufacturers and even between different designs by the same manufacturer. So the charts below are for approximate reference only.

Men’s

Dress Shirts

US

China

14

S

36

14½

S

37

15

M

38

15½

M

39

16

L

40

16½

L

41

17

XL

42

17½

XL

43

18

XXL

44

18½

XXL

45

Knitwear

US

China

36

XS

38

S

40

M

42

L

44

XL

46

XXL

48

XXXL

50

Dresses and Jackets

US

China

 

34

小码

 

36

 

38

中码

 

40

中码

 

42

大码

 

44

大码

 

46

加大码

 

48

加大码

Pants

US

China

29

27

30-31

28

32-33

29

34-35

30

36-37

31

38-39

32

40-41

34

42-43

36

Shoes

US

China

6

39

6.5

39.5

7

40

8

41.5

8.5

42

9

42.5

9.5

43.5

10

44

10.5

44.5

11

45

11.5

46

12

46.5

Women’s

Tops

US

China

XXS

小码

XS

小码

S

M

中码

L

大码

XL

加大码

XXL

超大码

XXXL

Bottoms

US

China

00

XXS

小码

0

XS

小码

2

XS

小码

4

S

6

S

8

M

中码

10

M

中码

12

L

大码

14

L

大码

16

XL

加大码

18

XXL

超大码

 

XXXL

Shoes

US

China

5

35

5.5

36

6

37

6.5

38

7

39

7.5

40

8

41

8.5

42

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8 thoughts on “Clothes sizes: US vs. China

  1. What is the difference in Womens Jeans. US comes in sizes 6, 7, 8,9,10.11.12 China comes in 26,27,etc.

  2. Why, when I ask the sizes of shirts in China, I get sizes like, 180, 170, or 165. None of your conversions here work for me. Anyone know anything different?

  3. Thank you for this post. it is clear for me now. But the best thing to do is try to fit your dress first before buying it. I think the difference between US and China dress is the measuring system. In US it is inches and in China it is in centimeters thats why you have to multiply it by 2.54 to convert to China sizes. Cheers and keep up the good work.

  4. What is the real difference? I wear 50 – 52 inch waist pants. When I was China I saw many small people. Now My wife just sent me XXXXL clothes which should have fit and hey come up about halfway on my legs then get tight. What size is XXXXL in China? Here I can wear XXXL…

  5. I want to buy a winter coat from ebay. the coat is being sold by a store in china..it gives sizes to choose from as small, medium, and large, but then states that the chinese sizes run smaller and that i should know my exact size..I know Im a medium in a coat..is the size medium thats listed is an american size..or do they use the small,medium,large sizes as well..Im so confused..I cant find anything on the internet that gives a cut and dry answer..what size is a medium in chineese size for a heavy winter jacket..any info would be helpful..thank you.

  6. I presume there is little standardization with clothing sizes in China. The ambiguous terms of small, medium, large have no fixed basis. I’d suggest a person wanting clothing indicate the personal length measurements you desire, using the international metric standards of centimeters, rather than our archaic old English system inches. But if one provides accurate cm measurements for neck, chest, waist, pant length – one will get a garment that fits properly

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