I'm a size what? European clothing sizes measures and shoe sizes and how to convert American clothes sizes to European (and British) ones
The United States, Continental Europe, and the United Kingdom 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.
For Women: U.S., European (metric), and U.K. sizes for women's clothing and shoes
When it comes to continental European sizes, things get tricky 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).
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).
|Women's dresses, coats, and suits|
For Men: U.S., European (metric), and U.K. for men's clothing and shoes
|Men's pants: Waist|
|Men's pants: Length|