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Size Matters

When it comes to clothing and shoe sizes, Europeans, Americans and the British use very different systems. Not only is there the difference in metric versus English measurements, but there are different philosophies in some areas, especially in children's sizes. And not even the British and American sizes are always the same.

For children's clothing, Europeans go by height rather than age. For instance, a kid's size 116 in Europe is for a child 114-116 cm (45-46 in) tall. That equals the US/UK "age 6" size, but not all six-year-olds are the same height. When converting children's sizes, you should remember that difference.

See the conversion charts below for more information.

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Clothing and Shoe Sizes

Metric (German) versus English
DAMENBEKLEIDUNG (LADIESWEAR)
Ladies' Sizes - Dresses, Suits
METRIC 38 40 42 44 46 48
US 10 12 14 16 18 20
HERRENBEKLEIDUNG (MENSWEAR)
Men's Sizes - Jackets, Suits
METRIC 42 44 46 48 50 52
US/UK 32 34 36 38 40 42
HEMDEN (SHIRTS)
Kragenweite - Neck Size
METRIC 36 37 38 39 41 43
US/UK 14 14.5 15 15.5 16 17
DAMENSCHUHE (LADIES' SHOES)
METRIC 36 37 38 39 40 41
US/UK 5 6 7 8 9 10
HERRENSCHUHE (MEN'S SHOES)
METRIC 39 40 41 42 43 44
US/UK 6.5 7.5 8.5 9 10 11
KINDERBEKLEIDUNG (Children's Clothing)
Children's Sizes - Ages 1-12
METRIC
Size
80 92 98 104 110 116
US/UK
Age
1 2 3 4 5 6
Note: Take care in converting children's sizes since the two systems use two different criteria (age vs height).
METRIC
Size
122 128 134 140 146 152
US/UK
Age
7 8 9 10 11 12

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