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Clothing sizes: size charts for women, men and children

Clothing size, jeans size, American size, English size, trouser size, inch size, unisex size - a whole host of different numbers and letters that all express one thing: clothing size. But what does size 38, M or 102 mean? And anyway: How do I measure correctly? Our size advice provides information.

3 things in advance:

  • Your own dimensions are the the best basis for choosing a size when shopping online
  • As many Clothing manufacturer their cuts individual measurement tables design, the manufacturer's own size tables provide the most reliable information about which size fits your own measurements. As far as these are available, you will find the size chart of the respective manufacturer as Link in the product description.
  • Size charts facilitate the conversion or comparison of international size systems and offer a good orientation aid.

Convert clothing size using the size table

Size tables offer very good assistance in transferring your own measurements to other size systems. The following tables show the standard dimensions. Where Manufacturers' dimension tables are available, you can find them in the Bergzeit Shop under "Size and fit table" for the respective product.

Table: Men's clothing sizes

European sizeinternational sizeInch sizeUK and US sizeFrench size

Table: clothing sizes women

European sizeinternational sizeInch sizeUK sizeUS sizeFrench size

Table of short and long sizes

Short sizesLong sizes
House sizeLadiesMen'sHouse sizeLadiesMen's
XXS short1622XXS long64
XS short1723XS long68
S short1824S long7290
M short1925M long7694
L short2026L long80 98
XL short2127XL long84102
XXL short2228XXL long88106
3XL short23293XL long92110
4XL short24304XL long96114
5XL short25315XL long100118
6XL short26326XL long104122

Table: clothing sizes for children

The information on clothing sizes for children from 50 to 176 is based on the body size from newborns to teenagers. Alternatively, some manufacturers give age information, for example "6-9 months" or "3 years". As a rule of thumb, the current height of the child and the approximate age can be used as a basis for the dress size, with age information for sizes being based on the average body structure of the respective age group. Deviations in the individual cuts of the individual brands are also quite possible for children's clothing.

Height in cmAge (approx.)Clothing size
until 501 month50
51-561-2 months56
57-622-3 months62
63-68approx. 6 months68
69-74approx. 9 months74
75-80approx. 12 months80
81-86approx. 18 months86
87-92about 2 years92
93-98about 3 years98
99-104about 4 years104
105-110approx. 5 years110
111-116about 6 years116
117-122about 7 years122
123-128about 8 years128
129-134approx. 9 years134
135-140about 10 years140
141-146approx. 11 years146
148-152approx. 12 years152
153-158about 13 years158
159-164about 14 years164
165-170about 15 years170
171-176about 16 years176

Know your measurements!

In order to order clothing that is as suitable as possible as an online customer, it is worthwhile to take a tape measure yourself at home and measure your chest, hip and waist circumference as well as the length of your legs. With these values ​​you can find yourself in the Manufacturer size tables orientate yourself and put the appropriate size (in case of doubt, better too big than too small) in the shopping cart.

  • Note: For Dress sizes is there none internationally valid or mandatory standard. Depending on the manufacturer, a 38 is therefore a bit smaller or larger than other brands. A look at the size charts provides information on the fit.
  • Tip: You can find out how to measure correctly in our picture gallery for correct measurements.

What size do I have? How to measure properly!

If you want to determine your clothing size, the following information is important:

  • a. Chest circumference: Measure under the armpits at the widest part of the upper body.
  • b. waist size: Measure above the navel.
  • c. Hip circumference: Measure around the strongest part of the buttocks.
  • d. Stride length: Measure the inside of the leg from the crotch to the ankle bone (ankle).
  • e. Arm length: From the center back (cervical vertebra) over the tip of the shoulder with a slightly bent arm to the wrist bone (Note: Some manufacturers also specify the arm length "from the tip of the shoulder to the wrist". This is usually noted in the size tables for the individual products.)
  • f. leg length (from the waist): On the outside of the leg from the waist over the hips to below the ankle bones.

With this information you can find out which size fits you directly in the size tables for the product.

Take the right measurements

Special case of trouser sizes

Trouser sizes pose a particular problem for many customers, as the ratio of leg length to hip circumference does not always match the clothing size. That is why some manufacturers offer their pants in different lengths. The best known indication of this can be found in jeans. Here the waist circumference and the inside leg length are usually given in inches, one speaks of the Inch sizes. Size 32/34 for men describes a waist circumference of 32 inches (~ 81 centimeters) with a leg length of 34 inches (~ 86 centimeters). To calculate your inch size, divide the centimeter value by 2.54.

In the case of trousers in particular, long or short leg lengths are also identified by the R (regular), S (short) or L (long) label. Different leg lengths can also be found in our range using the comment "short" or "long".

Fit: How should functional clothing fit?

Classic trying on is still the best way to determine the fit. Your own physique and personal preferences - figure-hugging or baggy - naturally play a role when choosing your size. In general, sportswear works best when it is quite body-hugging. So if you are between two sizes, the smaller one is often the better choice. Special body features such as pronounced hips or particularly long arms often require a compromise, in which the larger variant usually creates more well-being.

15 facts for a better perspective in the clothing size jungle

European sizes

  • basis for European clothing size systems is theChest circumference.
  • In Germany lead the Hohenstein Institute more or less regular series measurements in the population. The collected average measurements many (but not all) German fashion manufacturers serve as the basis for their pattern design. Manufacturers from other countries use a different database.
  • Also very individual considerations from clothing manufacturersThose who tailor their pattern to a very special target group have an influence on the size charts. This explains why the sleeves are always too long for some brands and always suitable for others.
  • In the Germany usual size specifications for normal sizes also apply in Austria, the Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland.
  • For the German clothing sizes from 32 to 54 (women) or 40 to 62 (men) the measured chest size is halved for men. For women, another six centimeters are deducted from half. Example: A chest circumference of 96 centimeters results in size 48 for men and 42 for women.
  • The height is used in the pattern design only in men considered. At Women becomes one for all sizes average height of 164 to 170 centimeters accepted. Women who fall out of the ordinary are more likely to find what they are looking for in the long or short sizes.
  • Many manufacturers use for the Indication of short or long sizes the European values, which are based on clothing size. To do this, the existing clothing sizes are simply halved (results in short sizes) or doubled (long sizes). Women's trousers in a standard size 38 correspond to a short size 19 and a long size 76.

UK and USA: British / English and American sizes

  • The American standard sizes will be at the Ladies from 2 (corresponds to 32) to 16 (corresponds to 46).
  • TheBritish or English clothing sizes are they enough with women from standard size 6 (32) to 14 (42). These are not to be confused with the US sizes!
  • Both Gentlemen, there is no difference between England and the USA. The conversion rule here is: German size minus ten - i.e. 50 - 10 = 40.

France, Italy & Spain: Different countries, different sizes, different database

  • Brands from other countries lean on their national database. Scandinavian brands are often long and slim, southern European brands tend to cut rather small and delicate and manufacturers from North America prefer wider and sometimes shorter cuts.
  • Also France uses, as well as Italy and Spain, its own system for size labeling. To simplify matters, we leave them out here, but national systems are always taken into account in the manufacturer's own size tables.

S-M-L: International sizes and unisex sizes

  • Internationally and especially in the sports sector, the Unisex sizes with the designation S for "small" (small), M for "medium" (medium) and L for "large" (large). The addition X indicates an "extra" large or "extra" small size.
  • As a rule, a German 48 corresponds to size M for men and XL for women, whereby the underlying dimensions can again be very different. An Asian M is therefore often much smaller than we are used to in Europe!
  • The letter codes of the European standard 13402, a so far non-binding attempt to put the mess of measurements and labels of European dress sizes on a common basis. The measured values ​​for women and men are almost identical within a unisex size. The lady with a chest circumference of 96 centimeters wears dress size M according to EN 13402.

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Bela Elbich

In addition to his work at Icebreaker, Bela Elbich works as a freelance photographer and author. He spends every free minute in the mountains or on trips to exotic countries, and he prefers to be on foot. The local mountains in the foothills of the Alps have long since become a second living room as a test area or recreational opportunity.
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