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Understanding Asian Sizes Conversions in Dash Island

Understanding Asian Sizes and Conversions

Shopping for clothes is something most people would consider a stress-reliever. But when you take a look at sizes and their different standards of measurement, the prospect could actually become stressful. Unfortunately, there are no universal sizing guidelines when it comes to clothing. This makes size conversion a necessary evil that any consumer needs to have. In this instance, for example, Asian clothes are generally smaller fitting compared to the UK and American sizes. Some larger sizes are not even available in most Asian stores, due to the smaller natural build of people in Asia. This is why it is essential that you understand size conversions to avoid unnecessary mistakes or waste of money when you are shopping.

Things to Consider

When buying clothing, there are usually things you consider according to your needs and preferences. In Asia, particularly, with such a variation in style, design, and sizing – there are even more things to think about. You tend to ask yourself, am I making a sound purchase? Is this the right size? Here are some things you need to put into consideration before you fill your cart with clothes.

  • Pay attention to size:

As reiterated time and again in this guide, you need to pay a particularly close attention to size. Asian sizes can be ridiculously small and you don’t want to end up having a bunch of clothes you can’t fit into. If an item runs in “free size” or “one size” do not buy it if you are a size 4 or above in the US. Some areas of the body, particularly the chest and shoulders, maybe a bit smaller than you are used to. If you are a woman who goes on the bustier side, perhaps Asian clothing might not be tailored for you. The same thing applies to height.

  • Quality:

If you’ve noticed, clothes from China can be cheap. This means you are not usually assured of the quality of the clothes you are buying, especially if you are shopping online. If you can, be sure to observe the fabric these clothes are made of. If they are made of any synthetic materials like Dacron or polyester, then the quality may not be so good. When shopping online, be extra cautious. Most of the time, items don’t look exactly the same in real life and you will end up disappointed.

  • If buying online, communicate with the seller and be patient:

Online shopping has become a big thing and I am sure you have had your fair share. If you are buying from an online seller, it would prove useful to communicate with them. Ask them questions as to the quality and the particular size of the item you are purchasing. This will help give you more assurance with your purchase. Additionally, practice patience. If you are buying from the other side of the world, then you shouldn’t expect your purchases to arrive on your doorstep the next day. These things take time, so you better consider that before buying a dress for your prom when it’s only a week away.

At a Glance

  • Asian sizes tend to run smaller compared to US or UK sizes. They tend to vary per country, but the most common sizes are from China, Japan, and Korea.
  • China uses two different sizing systems, which measure two different parts for the body. For example, a US size medium is a size 88-90 or 165-170 in China.
  • Japan uses the lettered sizing system (XS-XL), which tend to run smaller than US or UK sizes. The country also uses two numbered sizing systems as well. For example, a size 9 or 38 is the equivalent of a US/UK small.
  • Korean clothing has a very simple numbered system. A size 55 is the equivalent of a US size small.
  • If a clothing item runs in “free size” or “one size,” do not buy it if you are a size 4 or above in the US.

Women’s Clothing Size Chart Asia

International US UK China Japan Korea
XS 4 6 160-165
/84-86
S
36
5
44
XS 6 8 160-165
/84-86
S
36
7
44
S 8 10 165-170
/88-90
M
38
9
55
S 10 12 165-170
/88-90
M
38
9
55
M 12 14 167-172
/92-96
L
40
11
66
M 16 16 167-172
/92-96
L
40
11
66
L 18 18 168-173
/98-102
LL, XL
42
13
77
L 20 20 168-173
/98-102
LL, XL
42
13
77
XL 22 22 170-176
/106-110
XXL
3L
15
88
XL 24 24 170-176
/106-110
XXL
3L
15
88
XXL 26 26 4L
17
XXL 28 28 5L
19

Men’s Clothing Size Chart Asia

International US/UK China Japan Korea
XS 14 S
36
90
XS 14.5 S
37
90
S 15 165
88-90
M
38
95
S 15 – 15.5 165
88-90
M
39
95
M 15.5 – 16 170
96-98
L
40
100
M 16 170
96-98
L
41
100
L 16.5 175
108-110
LL
XL
42
105
L 17 175
108-110
43 105
XL 17.5 180
118-122
44 110
XL 17.5 180
118-122
44 110
XXL 185
126-130
XXL 185
126-130

Women’s Shoes Size Chart

US UK China Japan Korea
3.5 35 21.5 220
4 35 22 220
5 2.5 35.5 22.5 225
5.5 3 36 23 230
6 3.5 37 23.5 235
6.5 4 38 24 240
7 4.5 39 24.5 245
7.5 5 40 25 250
8 5.5 40.5 25 250
8.5 6.5 41 25.5 255
9 7 42 26 260
9.5 7.5 43 26.5 265
10 8 44 27 270
10.5 9.5 45 27.5
11 10.5 46 28
12 11.5 47 28.5
12.5 13 49 29

Men’s Shoes Size Chart

US UK China Japan Korea
5 4 37 23.5 235
5.5 4.5 39 24 240
6 5.5 40 24.5 245
6.5 6.5 41 25 250
7.5 7 42 25.5 255
8 7.25 43 26 260
8.5 7.75 44 26.5 265
9 8 45 27 270
9.5 8.5 46 27.5 275
10 9 47 28 280
11 9.5 47.5 28.5 285
11.5 10.5 48 29 290
12 11 29.5 295
12.5 11.5 30 300
13 12 305
14 12.5 310
14.5 13 315

 

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