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Zoning Italian Size Conversion Charts

Shopping for clothes in Italy can be tricky if you are not familiar with Italian sizing standards

If you are on an Italian vacation, one of the things you probably want to do is some clothes and shoe shopping. Pretty natural, Italian fashion is one of the most well-known all over the world, after all.

You enter an Italian shop, a boutique, or a mall, and start browsing. The clothes are beautifully made, the shoes are a dream, and all of them appear to be worth every Euro you’re going to spend on them.

You want to try them on, but when you check the size tags or the “taglia,” as they say in Italy,  you find incomprehensible numbers staring at you. This is because the world of garments and accessories is not governed by one type of size chart, but many.

The size charts in Europe, America, Australia and so on are very different. In order to buy quickly and efficiently, you need to know what Italian size corresponds to your size in your own home country.

Trying on clothes in Italy

This is when an Italian size conversion chart comes in handy, because with the help of size conversion, not only can you shop for yourself, but for your friends and relatives back home as well. Shopping in Italy has always been an exciting experience, but with the Italian size conversion chart, it will also be easy and stress-free.

The Charts

Italian sizes run small: smaller than the American,  but also of the French and the German, so do not feel bad if, in Italy, you see your size number rise higher than what you would expect. A useful FYI: French sizes are used also in Spain and Portugal, whereas German sizes are found also in Scandinavian countries.

Clothing Sizes ( The simple version )

S-M-L USA UK ITALY FRANCE GERMANY
S 2 6 38 34 32
S 4 8 40 36 34
M 6 10 42 38 36
M 8 12 44 40 38
L 10 14 46 42 40
L 12 16 48 44 42
XL/1X 14 18 50 46 44
1X/2X 16 20 52 48 46
2X 18 22 54 50 48
3X 20 24 56 52 50
3X 22 26 58 54 52
4X 24 28 60 56 54

Shoe Sizes 

Italian sizes correspond to standard European sizes, which you will find everywhere in continental Europe. UK sizes are different and are presented in the chart below, along with the US. As you can notice, there is no difference in shoe sizing between men and women in Italy.

ITALY 35 351/2 36 37 37 1/2 38 381/2 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 461/2 481/2
USA WOMEN 5 51/2 6 61/2 7 71/2 8 81/2 9 91/2 10 101/2 12 13 14 151/2
USA MEN 31/2 4 41/2 5 51/2 6 61/2 7 71/2 8 81/2 9 101/2 111/2 121/2 14
UK WOMEN 21/2 3 31/2 4 41/2 5 51/2 6 61/2 7 71/2 8 91/2 101/2 111/2 13
UK MEN 3 31/2 4 41/2 5 51/2 6 61/2 7 71/2 8 81/2 10 11 12 131/2
INCHES  9 91/8 91/4 93/8 91/2 95/8 93/4 97/8 10 101/8 101/4 101/2 103/4 11 111/4 111/2

Dress sizes

If you shop in  larger Italian cities, you’ll likely find conversion charts around shops to help you our choose the right piece for you, especially if the store. However, don’t expect that everywhere and don’t expect all assistants to be knowledgeable about US to Italian size conversions.

That’s why having tables like the ones below can make a difference when it comes to understanding what you really need:

Man Shirts Man Sweaters
ITA USA ITA USA
36 14 S 36 XS
37 14? S 38 XS
38 15 M 40 S
39-40 15? M 42 M
41 16 L 44 L
42 16? L 46 XL
43 17 XL 48 XXL
44 17? XL 50 XXXL
45 18 XXL
46 18? XXL
Man Jackets Man pants
ITA USA ITA USA
44 34 44 29
46 36 46 30-31
48 38 48 32-33
50 40 50 34-35
52 42 52 36-37
54 44 54 38-39
56 46 56 40-41
58 48 58 42-43

WOMEN

Women sweaters  Dresses and Jackets
ITA USA ITA USA
36 XXS 38 4
38 XS 40 6
40 S 42 8
42 M 44 10
44 L 46 12
46 XL 48 14
48 XXL 50 16
50+ XXXL 52 18
54 20
Women Pants Women Jeans
ITA USA ITA USA
36 0 XS 36 24 | 25
38 0 | 2 XS | S 38 26
40 4 S 40 26 | 27
42 6 M 42 27 | 28
44 8 | 10 M | L 44 29 | 30
46 12 | 14 L | XL 46 31 | 32
48 16 | 18 XXL 48 33 | 34
50 18 XXXL 50 35 | 36
50+ 18 XXXL 50+ 38 | 40

Man Shoes

ITALY USA
39 6
39.5 6.5
40 7
41.5 8
42 8.5
42.5 9
43.5 9.5
44 10
44.5 10.5
45 11
46 11.5
46.5 12

Women  Shoes

ITALY USA
37 5
37.5 5.5
38 6
39 6.5
40 7
41 7.5
42 8
43 8.5

BRA /  BIKINI

Giro sottoseno Cup
ITALY USA ITALY USA
I 30 62-66 cm I A
II 32 67-71 cm II B
III 34 72-76 cm III C
IV 36 77-81 cm IV D
V 38 82-86 cm V L
VI 40 87-91 cm VI XL
VII 42 92-96 cm VII XXL
VIII 44 97-101 cm VIII XXXL

UNDERWEAR

Underwar Woman Slip/boxer man
ITALY USA ITALY USA
I 10 3 S
II 12 4 M
III 14 5 L
IV 16 6 XL
V 18 7 XXL
VI 20 8 XXXL
VII 22
VIII 24

Accessories

BELTS

Men Belts Women Belts
ITALY USA ITALY USA
42 32 36 0
44 34 38 2
46 36 40 4
48 38 42 6
50 40 44 8
52 42 46 10
54 44 48 12
56-60 46-50 50 14
52 16
Gloves Hats 
ITALY USA ITALY USA
16 6 55 6 3/4
17 6.5 56 6 7/8
18 7 57 7
19 7.5 58 7 1/8
20 8 59 7 1/4
21.5 8.5 60 7 3/8
23 9 61 7 1/2
24 9.5 62 7 5/8
25 10 64 7 3/4
27 10.5
30 11

RINGS

ITALY USA Diameter Circumference
2 2 1.33 4.18
4 3 1.4 4.44
6.75 4 1.47 4.62
9.5 5 1.58 4.96
11.5 6 1.63 5.12
14.5 7 1.73 5.43
17 8 1.81 5.68
19.5 9 1.9 5.97
22 10 1.98 6.22
25 11 2.06 6.47
27.5 12 2.13 6.69
30 13 2.22 6.97

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