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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 



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.


ITALY35351/2363737 1/238381/239404142434445461/2481/2
USA WOMEN551/2661/2771/2881/2991/210101/2121314151/2
USA MEN31/2441/2551/2661/2771/2881/29101/2111/2121/214
UK WOMEN21/2331/2441/2551/2661/2771/2891/2101/2111/213
UK MEN331/2441/2551/2661/2771/2881/2101112131/2
INCHES 991/891/493/891/295/893/497/810101/8101/4101/2103/411111/4111/2



By Damyanti Ghosh

Edited by Francesca Bezzone

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