Sizing Guide Sizing Guide

Sizing Guide

  • Asian sizes may come in size standards by country. The most common you will see are sizes from China, Japan, and Korea.
  • Sizes tend to run smaller compared to US or UK sizes.
  • Some XXL sizes may not be available in Asian sizes.
  • Chinese Clothing Sizes

    In China, they use two different systems. This is because they measure two different parts of the body. You may see, for example, that a size medium in the US is a size 88 – 90 or 165 – 170 in China.

    Japanese Clothing Sizes

    Japan uses the lettered system (XS-XL). However, you have to be cautious because these sizes tend to run smaller compared to US or UK sizes. A medium in Asian size would perhaps be small in US stores.  Japan also uses two different numbered systems in sizing. So you might see sizes 9 or 38 which equivalents to a US/UK small.

    Korean Clothing Sizes

    This country uses a very simple numbered system. You will see a size 55 for small in the US size, for example.

    Asian Size Charts

    Now that you have a little idea of what to expect, this guide will help you navigate your way through Asian clothing sizes. Keep in mind that the charts below are standardized. Clothing sizes may vary between brands and it is still best to follow their individual size charts if available.

    Women’s Clothing Size Chart Asia

    International US UK China Japan Korea
    XS 4 6 160-165
    /84-86
    S
    36
    5
    44
    XS 6 8 160-165
    /84-86
    S
    36
    7
    44
    S 8 10 165-170
    /88-90
    M
    38
    9
    55
    S 10 12 165-170
    /88-90
    M
    38
    9
    55
    M 12 14 167-172
    /92-96
    L
    40
    11
    66
    M 16 16 167-172
    /92-96
    L
    40
    11
    66
    L 18 18 168-173
    /98-102
    LL, XL
    42
    13
    77
    L 20 20 168-173
    /98-102
    LL, XL
    42
    13
    77
    XL 22 22 170-176
    /106-110
    XXL
    3L
    15
    88
    XL 24 24 170-176
    /106-110
    XXL 
    3L
    15
    88
    XXL 26 26 4L
    17
    XXL 28 28 5L
    19

    A more detailed discussion on women’s clothing sizes is available here.

    Men’s Clothing Size Chart Asia

    International US/UK China Japan Korea
    XS 14 S
    36
    90
    XS 14.5 S
    37
    90
    S 15 165
    88-90
    M
    38
    95
    S 15 - 15.5 165
    88-90
    M
    39
    95
    M 15.5 - 16 170
    96-98
    L
    40
    100
    M 16 170
    96-98
    L
    41
    100
    L 16.5 175
    108-110
    LL
    XL
    42
    105
    L 17 175
    108-110
    43 105
    XL 17.5 180
    118-122
    44 110
    XL 17.5 180
    118-122
    44 110
    XXL 185
    126-130
    XXL 185
    126-130

    This article on men’s clothing sizes might interest you as well.

    Women’s Shoes Size Chart

    US UK China Japan Korea
    3.5 35 21.5 220
    4 35 22 220
    5 2.5 35.5 22.5 225
    5.5 3 36 23 230
    6 3.5 37 23.5 235
    6.5 4 38 24 240
    7 4.5 39 24.5 245
    7.5 5 40 25 250
    8 5.5 40.5 25 250
    8.5 6.5 41 25.5 255
    9 7 42 26 260
    9.5 7.5 43 26.5 265
    10 8 44 27 270
    10.5 9.5 45 27.5
    11 10.5 46 28
    12 11.5 47 28.5
    12.5 13 49 29

    Men’s Shoes Size Chart

    US UK China Japan Korea
    5 4 37 23.5 235
    5.5 4.5 39 24 240
    6 5.5 40 24.5 245
    6.5 6.5 41 25 250
    7.5 7 42 25.5 255
    8 7.25 43 26 260
    8.5 7.75 44 26.5 265
    9 8 45 27 270
    9.5 8.5 46 27.5 275
    10 9 47 28 280
    11 9.5 47.5 28.5 285
    11.5 10.5 48 29 290
    12 11 29.5 295
    12.5 11.5 30 300
    13 12 305
    14 12.5 310
    14.5 13 315

    To learn more about shoe sizes, click here.

    Understanding Asian Sizes and Conversions

    Shopping for clothes is something most people would consider a stress-reliever. But when you take a look at sizes and their different standards of measurement, the prospect could actually become stressful. Unfortunately, there are no universal sizing guidelines when it comes to clothing. This makes size conversion a necessary evil that any consumer needs to have. In this instance, for example, Asian clothes are generally smaller fitting compared to the UK and American sizes. Some larger sizes are not even available in most Asian stores, due to the smaller natural build of people in Asia. This is why it is essential that you understand size conversions to avoid unnecessary mistakes or waste of money when you are shopping.

    Asian clothes on hanger in a shop

    Things To Consider

    When buying clothing, there are usually things you consider according to your needs and preferences. In Asia, particularly, with such a variation in style, design, and sizing – there are even more things to think about. You tend to ask yourself, am I making a sound purchase? Is this the right size? Here are some things you need to put into consideration before you fill your cart with clothes.

    • Pay attention to size: As reiterated time and again in this guide, you need to pay a particularly close attention to size. Asian sizes can be ridiculously small and you don’t want to end up having a bunch of clothes you can’t fit into. If an item runs in “free size” or “one size” do not buy it if you are a size 4 or above in the US. Some areas of the body, particularly the chest and shoulders, may be a bit smaller than you are used to. If you are a woman who goes on the bustier side, perhaps Asian clothing might not be tailored for you. The same thing applies to height.
    • Quality: If you’ve noticed, clothes from China can be cheap. This means you are not usually assured of the quality of the clothes you are buying, especially if you are shopping online. If you can, be sure to observe the fabric these clothes are made of. If they are made of any synthetic material’s like dacron or polyester, then the quality may not be so good. When shopping online, be extra cautious. Most of the time, items don’t look exactly the same in real life and you will end up disappointed.
    • If buying online, communicate with the seller and be patient: Online shopping has become a big thing and I am sure you have had your fair share. If you are buying from an online seller, it would prove useful to communicate with them. Ask them questions as to the quality and the particular size of the item you are purchasing. This will help give you more assurance with your purchase. Additionally, practice patience. If you are buying from the other side of the world, then you shouldn’t expect your purchases to arrive on your doorstep the next day. These things take time, so you better consider that before buying a dress for your prom when it’s only a week away.

    Sources

    Here you can find more information about shoe sizes and pants sizes.

    At a Glance

    • Asian sizes tend to run smaller compared to US or UK sizes. They tend to vary per country, but the most common sizes are from China, Japan, and Korea.
    • China uses two different sizing systems, which measure two different parts for the body. For example, a US size medium is a size 88-90 or 165-170 in China.
    • Japan uses the lettered sizing system (XS-XL), which tend to run smaller than US or UK sizes. The country also uses two numbered sizing systems as well. For example, a size 9 or 38 is the equivalent of a US/UK small.
    • Korean clothing has a very simple numbered system. A size 55 is the equivalent of a US size small.
    • If a clothing item runs in “free size” or “one size,” do not buy it if you are a size 4 or above in the US.
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