It is important to pay close attention when choosing the size and avoide returns for wrong size.
Below you have the most complete guide to know your size for clothes, shoes (for men, women and children), rings, glasses and other accessories.
The standard size format is the American one (the one that is 6.5 | 7 | 7.5 | 7.5 | 8 | 8.5 …), Here you can see the conversion table:
How does it work? Very easy, you just have to locate your country in the table. If your country does not appear or you do not know your equivalence in the European size, go to method 2.
For example, let's say you live in Europe or you know what size you wear, Let's say you are a 40 in Europe. Now you just have to follow the Europe line until you find the size 40.
We show American size, you will go down the column until you find the U.S & Canada row. You will see that there are two rows, one with an M (men) and one with a W (women). So if I you're a woman, your shoe size would be a 9 and if you're a man it would be a 7.5.
Recommended method: measure your foot
What you have to do is:
- Take a look at the product sheet and find the shoe sizes in centimeters (CM).
- Measure your feet.
Below we explain how to measures your foot correctly in centimeters.
How to measure your foot
If you are doing it alone it can be a bit tricky, but the good news is that if you're an adult, you only have to do it once time.
Put your foot on top and mark the length between heel and toe. This is the famous measurement in centimeters that all retailers show.
You can also lean your heel against the wall and make just one mark. Now you can go to the seller's table and choose your size. If you are between two sizes, choose the larger one.
Am I an “XS”, “S”, “M”, “L”, “XL”…? What do these sizes correspond to…?
In this table you can see the equivalence between sizes:
follow these steps:
- Look for the table of measures in the product sheet, with the equivalence in centimeters.
- Compare with our measurements to choose the one that suits us the most.
With these two simple steps you will find your ideal size.
Below we explain how to measure yourself correctly and which are the most common measurements.
Others include a table in which they recommend a size according to your weight and height, but we still recommend you to confirm with the measurements in centimeters.
You will have to be careful not to get confused with the measurements in centimeters (cm) and inches (in) as they are two totally different measurement systems. Therefore, before measuring yourself, make sure that the table is available with the information in your measurement system.
How to measure your body
Our recommendation for choosing clothes reliably is to use the tape measure to get your measurements. In order not to forget them, it is a good idea to write down all the measurements on a piece of paper and look at the notes to choose properly. These are the most common measurements.
- Shoulder: Size of the circumference of the shoulders, with the arms closed.
- Bust: Pass the tape under the armpits and measure the circumference at the widest part of the chest.
- Length: Refers to the length of the garment vertically, whether it is a T-shirt, dress, pants… It is used to compare with a similar garment.
- Sleeve: In this case it is the measurement of the sleeve, important if it is long sleeve. It is worth looking at a similar garment.
- Waist: Measure around the height where you normally wear pants, do not tighten the tape too much, it is advisable to put a finger between the tape measure and your body.
- Hip: Measure around the widest part of the hip.
- Thigh: Measure around the widest part of the thigh.
Uses U.S. sizing:
If you don't know your ring size, just measure the circumference of your finger and use this chart to choose your American size.
Shoes for children and babies
In the case of children's and babies' shoes, the system is the same as in the adult shoes explained above: the sizing can be in American or European format.
This table will be useful if the shoes are for a gift, but if you are buying for your children and you have the possibility to measure their feet, this option is much more recommendable.
Clothing for children and babies
The same happens with the clothing sizes, whose equivalence you have in this table:
Finally, let's review how to find your size for less common products such as hats, gloves, underpants, bras, panties, socks…
Underwear (briefs, bras, panties, socks)
Let's start with the easy part. To find panties and briefs you simply use the same system we showed you in the clothing sizing section. It's pretty simple, just measure yourself with a tape measure around where you usually wear your underpants / briefs. Then you go to the conversion chart and see what size you are.
For bras, you can also use the tape measure if the cup measurement system is not the one you use in your country. This is how you have to measure (the bust at 45 degrees to determine cup size and the bottom of the breasts to determine band size):
For socks, simply use the steps we taught you in the shoes section. Sock sizes work the same as shoe sizes. The only difference is that they go in ranges, such as European size 39 to 42 is size M (if my foot size falls in this range then I would buy size M socks).
The glove sizing process is very similar.
With the help of a tape measure get the measurement of the circumference of your wrist, then measure the distance between your wrist to your middle finger, as in the photo.
Here are several photos that show you how to know the measurements and dimensions of other types of products. For example, to make sure you don't get sunglasses that are too big for you, sometimes it's worth taking a look at the dimensions of the product.
The same applies to bags and briefcases. It is convenient to know more or less the dimensions it has so that it fits perfectly to your needs. For example, in the case of a briefcase, you should check if it is big enough to carry your laptop.
Finally, when choosing a watch it is also important to look at the size of the watch as it will not look the same on different wrists. That's why we recommend you look at the diameter of the watch case to see if it's too big for your wrist, although you may like it that way.
In many watches there are versions for men and women with different case diameters and strap lengths.