How to Convert Your US Jeans Size to European Size

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How to Convert Your US Jean Size to European Size

Jeans are a fashion staple in every American wardrobe with a huge range of styles available from domestic and international sellers and manufacturers. The global marketplace offers far more choice than people had previously thought possible with products on sale from sellers across the world. However, finding the right fit of bargain or designer brands made in Europe can be a challenge. Finding the right size of jeans sold by European sellers depends on one’s ability to accurately convert U.S. jean sizes to European sizes. This, in turn, depends on understanding how sizing works in the U.S., Europe, and a few European countries, like the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Sizing conversion tables can be used as a guide when converting American sizes to European or other sizes. Both American-made and European designed jeans for men and women are available from retail outlets and online.
 

 

 

The Difference Between American and European Jean Sizes

American pants sizes are not standardized. Sizes vary by manufacturer, style, and design. Some clothing manufacturers indulge in the practice of "vanity sizing" where, for example, their size 2 is equivalent to an actual size 6. This is done to allow buyers to feel better about their size requirements by making them feel thinner. Sizing between pants also varies: jeans typically use a number size or measurements, leggings are sized between small and large, and capris can be sized in either fashion. In keeping with this confusion, American jean sizes run according to arbitrarily assigned numbers that do not denote any measurements or physical dimensions.

European sizes may also vary from country to country, with the Scandinavian countries being most similar to America, and the U.K. being completely different from the rest of the continent. European standard EN 13402 aims to standardize clothing labels across Europe with information based on body dimensions (in centimeters) included on every label. These measurements give buyers a clear idea of how the jeans fit. Jeans are generally measured primarily by the waist girth. Secondary measurements for men include the height and the inside leg measurement, while secondary measurements for women include the height, the fullest part of the hips, and inside leg length. European clothing is generally more tailored than U.S. clothing, and it is best to allow room for size differences. One to two sizes larger than a shopper’s usual size should be adequate to ensure a comfortable fit.

To find European jeans that fit well, measuring one’s natural waistline is best. To convert inches to centimeters, multiply by 2.54. Where possible, clothes should be tried on before purchase, or the exact measurements of the garment should be requested to make sure the item fits. If neither of these options is available to buyers, they should make sure the seller has an exchange or returns policy that would allow for buyers to swap or get a refund for an item that does not fit.

 

Approximate Measurements for Women’s U.S. Jean Sizes

The table below gives an indication of the approximate measurements for women’s U.S. jean  sizes.
 

U.S. Size

Waist Measurement (Inches)

Low Waist Measurement (Inches)

Hip Measurement (Inches)

0

23.5

24/25

34

2

24

26

34

4

25

27

35

6

26

28

36

8

27

29

37

10

28

30

38

12

29.5

31

39.5

***Please note that certain brands have differences in the sizing, depending on the model of the product.
It is important to bear in mind that sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and even from one batch of jeans to the next within the same manufacturer’s product line. This table is meant as a guide only.
 

Women’s Jean Size Conversion Chart

The jean size conversion chart below can be used as a guide when shopping for jeans from Europe. U.K., French, and Italian sizes are included as they tend to differ from European sizes.

S-M-L XS-S S M M L L-XL XL
USA 0-2 4 6 8 10 12 14
UK / England 4-6 6-8 10 12 12-14 14-16 16-18
Italy 38 40 42 44 46 48 50
France 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
Europe 32 34-36 36 38 40 42 44

***Please note that certain brands have differences in the sizing, depending on the model of the product.
As this chart is intended as a guide only, it may not be accurate across all manufacturers. One should always try jeans on to check the fit before purchasing, or request exact measurements when buying online.
 

Men’s Jean Size Conversion Charts

Men’s jean sizes are far less complex than women’s jean sizes. The measurement criteria for U.S. and European jean sizes are identical: jeans are measured at the waist and at the inseam (from the crotch to the hem). U.K. and U.S. sizes are identical, but European sizes differ as can be seen in the table below.
 

U.S. Size

European Size (cm)

U.K. Size

28

71

28

30

76

30

32

81

32

34

86

34

36

91

36

38

96

38

40

101

40

42

106

42

44

112

44

46

117

46

48

122

48

50

127

50

52

133

52

***Please note that certain brands have differences in the sizing, depending on the model of the product.
It is important to remember that one may need a size or two bigger in European sizes due to the more tailored cut.

Children’s Clothing Conversion Table

As with men’s and women’s sizes, children’s sizes also differ between America and Europe. The table below can be used as a guide to determine U.K. and European children’s clothing sizes.
 

U.S. Size

European Size (cm)

U.K. Size

5

104 - 110

4 - 5

6

110 - 116

5 - 6

6X - 7

116 - 122

6 - 7

7 - 8

122 - 128

7 - 8

9 - 10

128 - 134

8 - 9

10

134 - 140

9 - 10

11

140 - 146

10 - 11

14

146 - 152

11 - 12

***Please note that certain brands have differences in the sizing, depending on the model of the product.

Finding the right size jeans for your child depends more on the child’s height than his or her waist measurement. Again, it is best to ensure that the child can try the jeans on before buying. If that is not an option, try to get garments’ exact dimensions, or buy from a seller who is happy to exchange or refund items that do not fit.
 

Finding Jeans on eBay

Simply enter a search term in the search box located at the top of any eBay page, or use the advanced search function to increase or decrease the number of search results returned. Remember to visit eBay Stores to see further listings available from shops.

Know Your Product

Before you buy on eBay, be sure to read the entire listing description, taking the time to carefully check any photos included. If you have any questions about the item, use the "Ask a Question" link to contact the seller for additional information. Don’t forget to ask about measurements before you buy.

Know Your Seller

In addition to knowing your product, you should also take some time to get to know the seller. eBay makes this easier through its seller feedback program. This function allows buyers to leave sellers feedback after every transaction that is completed, focusing specifically on aspects like product quality and the level of service received. You should also take the time to check the seller’s accepted payment methods to ensure that the transaction is completely without snags. Never pay a seller you do not know through an instant transfer method like MoneyGram or Western Union. Lastly, take the time to read the terms and conditions of sale. Some sellers offer a money back or some other customer satisfaction guarantee, and some sellers ship their items for free. Additionally, some eBay sellers have return policies like regular retailers. Be sure to check the terms of these policies carefully, especially when buying clothing. Never remove the tags from new items until you are sure they fit, and make sure you comply with the conditions of exchange and return policies to allow you to exchange or return items that do not fit.
 

Conclusion

Jeans are a basic part of just about every American wardrobe. The rise in popularity of Internet shopping over the last few decades means that jeans are now available from manufacturers worldwide, including Europe. However, sizing methods differ between America and Europe, and in some cases, between different European countries. There is also no American, European, or international standard for sizing clothing. In fact, there are often significant differences between similar sizes from different U.S. manufacturers due to the practice of "vanity sizing."

While conversion charts can be helpful in trying to determine one’s European jean size, it is usually best to try jeans on before purchase. As this cannot be done when buying online, ask the seller for the jeans’ measurements before you buy, or ensure that the seller has a reasonable refund or exchange policy in order to allow for returns of items that do not fit. Many eBay sellers have returns policies and are happy to refund or exchange garments, so buyers can shop with confidence, in comfort, and from a huge variety of listings.

 

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