Buying clothes, shoes and underwear in China… convert size from your home country

Buying clothes, shoes and underwear in China can give you headache, as the sizes sometimes differ from your home country. This article will be a useful tool for online shoppers … and in China, shopping online can make your life so much easier: many international brands are now available online (jd.com, mei.com, taobao.com and many other websites), and very difficult to find in physical stores.

WOMEN

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Women’s clothes (Coat, T-shirt, dress, shirt, jacket, etc)

Standard Size
China 160-165/84-86 165-170/88-90 168-173/92-96 168-173/98-102 170-176/106-110
International XS S M L XL
USA, Canada 2 4-6 6-8 10-12 14-16
Europe 34 36 38-40 42 44

Women’s lingerie

Standard Size
China S M L XL XXL XXXL  
International XS S M L XL XXL XXXL
UK 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
USA, Canada 2 4 6 8 10 12 14
Europe 32 24 36 38 40 42 44
France 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
Italy 38 40 42 44 46 48 50

Women’s bra

Bra and pantiesIf the underwear market is rapidly evolving, the choice is still more limited than in Western countries and available designs (at least as ugly as the below picture) may not be your first choice… This section is not only interesting for expatriates ladies living in China, but eventually also for foreign gentlemen who spend holiday in their home country and want to offer nice underwear to their Chinese girl friend ;-)!

 

Under bust girth
Standard Size
China (cm) 70 70 75 80 85 90
USA, Canada 30 32 34 36 38 40
UK 30 32 34 36 38 40
Europe   70 75 80 85 90
France   85 90 95 100 105
Italy   1 2 3 4 5

 

Cup sizes
Standard Size
China A B C D E                  
USA, Canada AA A B C D DD DDD/E F FF G GG H HH J
UK AA A B C D DD DDD/E F FF G GG H HH J
Europe AA A B C D E F              
France AA  A B C D E F              
Italy   B   B C D DD E F          

 

Equivalent bra + cup

International INTL XXS XS S S XS S M M M
UK 32A 32B 32C 32D 34A 34B 34C 34D 36A
United States  32A 32B 32C 32D 34A 34B 34C 34D 36A
Australia  10A 10B 10C 10D 12A 12B 12C 12D 14A
France  85A 85B 85C 85D 90A 90B 90C 90D 95A
Italy  1A 1B 1C 1D 2A 2B 2C 2D 3A
Europe  70A 70B 70C 70D 75A 75B 75C 75D 80A
Japan  70A 70B 70C 70D 75A 75B 75C 75D 80A
CHINA 70A 70B 70C 70D 75A 75B 75C 75D 80A

 

Tip: flash sales on mei.com website, international brands such as Chantal Thomass, Chantelle, Maison Close… 

Women’s shoes

If shoes size in China is close to the European system, it differs with North America and Japan.

Standard Size
China 35 36 36.5 37.5 38 38.5 39 49 40.5 41
USA, Canada 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5
Japan (cm) 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5

 

MEN

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Men’s clothes (coat, T-shirt, etc)

Standard Size
China 165-165 / 88-90 170 / 96-98 175 / 108-110 180 / 118-122 185 / 126-130
International XS S M L XL

Men’s blouse

Standard Size
China 36-37 38-39 40-41 42-43 44-45
Europe S M L XL XXL

Men’s suit pants

Standard Size
Size 42 44 46 48 50
Waist (cm) 68-72 71-76 75-80 79-84 83-88
Length (cm) 99 101.5 104 106.5 109

Men’s underwear

Standard Size
China 72-76 76-81 81-87 87-93 93-98
International S M L XL XXL
USA, Canada 28-30 30-32 32-34 34-38 38-42

Men’s shoes

Standard Size
China 38.5 39 40 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 47 48
USA, Canada 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13
Japan (cm) 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5 31

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I am living in China since 2009 and in Beijing since 2011. I am sharing my experiences for other expatriates to make their stay in Beijing more enjoyable. As I am writing this blog for SCOUT Real Estate agency, I am also computing updates about the Real Estate market in Beijing, not only on residential properties, but as well on commercial locals and offices. Hope you enjoy your reading!