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UK to US Clothing & Shoe Size Conversion Charts: Men, Women & Kids

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Isn’t it fascinating how clothing sizes can vary from country to country? While we’re all familiar with our own country’s sizing, it’s not always straightforward to convert these to other regions. Take UK clothing sizes as opposed to their US counterpart, unless you’re familiar with the conversion charts, it can be difficult to shop for clothes in person or online.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the distinctions in sizes for clothing and shoes between the UK and the US, and how this applies to men, women, and children. We hope this information will take the stress out of your shopping, so you can concentrate on what matters – the clothes!

Men’s Clothing Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

Fortunately, when it comes to men’s clothing sizes across the UK and US they are exactly the same. Whether you’re shopping for a new t-shirt, pair of trousers or something more formal, you should have no struggle in finding your size.

Below are conversion charts detailing the UK and US sizes for t-shirts, jackets, blazers, coats, and trousers.

Men’s T-Shirts, Jackets, Blazers, and Coats Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

S-M-LUKUS
XXS3030
XS3232
S3434
S3636
M3838
M4040
L4242
L4444
XL4646
XXL4848
XXXL5050

Men’s Trousers/Pants Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

UKUS
2828
2929
3030
3131
3232
3333
3434
3535
3636
3737
3838
3939
4040

Men’s Shoe Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

On the other hand, there are differences in shoe sizes when looking at UK and US conversions. Luckily, the difference is simple – US shoe sizes are typically one size above your regular UK shoe size, so all you need to do is go one size up.

For example, if you’re a size 10 in the UK, you’ll be a shoe size 11 in the US. Below is the size conversion chart from the UK to the US for men’s shoes.

UKUS
56
5.56.5
67
6.57.5
78
7.58.5
89
8.59.5
910
9.510.5
1011
10.511.5
1112
11.512.5
1213
12.513.5
1314
13.514.5
1415
14.515.5
1516

Women’s Clothing Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

Women’s clothing sizes aren’t as straightforward as men’s, but still not super complicated. The good news is, there’s a nifty little trick when it comes to translating UK sizes to US sizes for women’s clothing. Generally, US sizes tend to be around two sizes smaller than their UK counterparts. So, if you want to make the switch, just subtract four from your UK size, and voilà, you’ve got your perfect US size all figured out.

To give you an example, if you’re a size 6 in the UK you would be a size 2 in the US. This rule also applies to jeans, so you can simply subtract four from your UK size to find yourself a nice-fitting pair of trousers too.

It’s worth noting that women’s clothing sizes don’t have a universal standard and can change from manufacturer to manufacturer. So particularly if you’re shopping online, it’s best to check if they have their own conversion chart and use that to find your perfect size.

S-M-LUK US
XS40
XS62
S84
S106
M128
M1410
L1612
L1814
XL2016
XL2218
2XL2420
3XL2622
3XL2824

Women’s Shoe Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

Women’s shoe sizes also don’t translate exactly, but they’re not too far off either. To find your US equivalent in shoe size, you can simply add two to your regular UK shoe size. So if you’re a 3 in the UK, you’d be a 5 in the US – the same applies to half sizes as well.

Take a look at our conversion chart for women’s footwear below to help convert from the UK to the US, and vice versa.

UKUS 
24
2.54.5
35
3.55.5
46
4.56.5
57
5.57.5
68
6.58.5
79
7.59.5
810
8.510.5
911

Children’s Clothing Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

Finding clothes to fit your child can be a challenge as it is, making sure they’re not going to grow out of it too soon. Converting your children’s clothing sizes can add an extra layer on top of this, but we have compiled a conversion chart to help you navigate UK to US sizes.

It’s worth noting that newborn clothing is labeled as NB in both the UK and the US, while toddler clothes are labeled by their age. For example, clothing for a 3-4 year old would be classed as 3-4 in the UK but 3T-4T in the US.

Fortunately, clothing sizes for babies, toddlers, and children aren’t too different across countries, so if you follow our conversion chart below you should be just fine.

Baby’s Clothing Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

Age RangeUKUS
Up to 3 Months0-3M0-3M
3-6 Months6M3-6M
6-9 Months9M6-9M
9-12 Months12M9-12M
12-18 Months12M12-18M
18-24 Months18-24M18-24M

Toddler’s Clothing Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

Age RangeUKUS
2 Years2-32T
3-4 Years3-43T-4T

Kid’s Clothing Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

Age RangeUKUS
4-5 Years4-55
5-6 Years5-66
6-7 Years6-76X-7
7-8 Years7-87-8
8-9 Years8-99-10
9-10 Years9-1010
10-11 Years10-1111
11-12 Years11-1214

Children’s Shoe Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

Shopping for children’s shoes shouldn’t be as complicated when you know that usually, UK sizes are one whole number lower than their US counterparts. To give you an example, a size 1.5 in the UK would be 2.5C in the US.

There is also no gender differentiation, so the size will be the same regardless if you’re shopping for your little boy or girl. 

Baby’s Shoe Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

UK USCM 
00.5C8.3
0.51C8.9
12C9.5
1.52.5C10.2
23C10.5
2.53.5C10.8
34C11.5
3.54.5C11.9
45C12.3

Toddler’s Shoe Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

UK US CM 
4.55.5C12.6
56C13
5.56.5C13.4
67C13.8
6.57.5C14.2
78C14.6
7.58.5C14.9
89C15.3
8.59.5C15.7
910C16.1
9.510.5C16.5
1011C16.8
10.511.5C17.2
1112C17.2

Kid’s Shoe Size Conversions: UK to US Size Chart

UK USCM 
11.512.5C18.1
1213C18.5
12.513.5C18.9
131Y19.3
13.51.5Y19.8
12Y20.2
1.52.5Y20.6
23Y21
2.53.5Y21.4
34Y21.9
3.54.5Y22.3
45Y22.7
4.55.5Y23.1
56Y23.6
5.56.5Y24
67Y24.4

UK to US Clothing Conversion Tips

We have compiled some of the rules shown in the article to help you remember when converting UK clothing and shoe sizes to the US.

  • Men’s t-shirt, jacket and trouser sizes are the same.
  • While men’s shoe sizes are one size above in the US than they would be in the UK.
  • Women’s clothing sizes in the US are typically two sizes down, or -4 what it would be in the US.
  • When working out women’s shoe sizes, US sizes are two whole numbers above your UK size, so remember to add two to your regular size.
  • For children’s clothing sizes, there isn’t much difference apart from the way they’re labeled, for example, size 3-4 in the UK would be size 3T-4T. Children’s shoe sizes are also one whole number higher in the US than in the UK.

UK to US Clothing Size FAQ:

Are US and UK clothing sizes the same?

No, as a general rule, US and UK clothing sizes are not the same. Men’s clothing sizes are the same in the UK and US, while shoe sizes and women’s clothing can change quite drastically.

How do shirt sizes compare in the UK and the US?

T-shirt and shirt sizes are exactly the same in the US as they are in the UK.

How does size 16 compare in the UK and the US?

A woman’s size 16 in the UK would be a size 12 in the US.

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