USA clothes and shoe sizes

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If you are planning on shopping in the USA, you need to know that American clothes sizing standards are even more loosely defined than the European ones.

That is why you may want to familiarise yourself with a given manufacturer’s individual size table. The tables below are intended to serve for approximation only.

Did you know?

A tendency towards the, so called, vanity sizing can be observed in a number of countries including the USA. Vanity sizing is basically giving a lower-than-standard size number on the label so that it appears that a person fits into smaller clothes sizes than he or she normally would. For example, the measurements which would correspond to size 14 a few decades ago, may now be anything from size 0 to 8. Sometimes you may even come across sub-zero sizes!

This phenomenon has been caused by customers’ demand to feel good about their bodies.
 

USA men’s clothes sizes

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Neck (cm)

33-34

36-37

38-39

40-42

43-45

46-47

48-49

Chest (cm)

84-86

89-94

96-102

107-112

116-122

127-132

137-140

Sleeve (cm)

80-81

82-84

85-86

87-89

90-91

91-93

93-94

Waist (cm)

68-71

73-79

81-86

91-97

101-107

111-117

127-132

Inseam (cm)

78

79

80

81

82

83

84

 

USA women’s clothes sizes

0

 

XXXS

2

 

XXS

4

 

XS

6

 

S

8

 

M

10

 

L

12

 

XL

14

 

XXL

16

 

XXXL

Bust up to (cm)

76

78

82

86

91

96

101

107

113

Waist up to (cm)

56

62

65

68

74

80

86

92

98

Hips up to (cm)

81

90

93

96

101

106

112

118

124

Inseam (cm)

77

78

78.5

79

79.5

80

80.5

81

81.5

 

USA women’s shoe sizes

Insole length (cm)

 

USA men’s shoe sizes

Insole length (cm)

6

22.5

5.5

23.2

6.5

23

6

23.7

7

23.5

6.5

24.2

7.5

23.8

7

24.7

8

24.1

7.5

25.0

8.5

24.6

8

25.4

9

25.1

8.5

25.6

9.5

25.4

9

26.1

10

25.9

9.5

26.6

10.5

26.2

10

27.2

 

10.5

27.7

11

28.1

11.5

28.6

12

29.0

13

30.0

 

What is your opinion on vanity sizing? Is it a harmless trend or self-delusion?

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