Men’s Clothes in China

When buying men’s clothes in China, you’re going to need to check the equivalent sizes.

Men's Clothes in China
I’m only average height and build, so finding clothes that fit haven’t been as much of a chore for me while living in China. But if you’re tall (or fat), you might have a hard time.

You’ll find this out the first time you go to buy new shoes or a jacket: if you go by the typical Small, Medium, and Large sizing that you’re used to in the West, you’ll probably pick something that doesn’t fit. I find that XL to XXL shirts fit me best, and I’m only a Medium by Western standards. Because this can be a little confusing, I’ve included here a handy size conversion chart to help you with your purchasing decisions when you shop for clothes.

Men’s Jackets, T-shirts, Suit Sizes:

China S M L XL XXL
Global 165/88-90 170/96-98 175/108-110 180/118-122 186/126-130

 

Men’s Shirt Sizes:

China S M L XL XXL
Global  36-37  38-39  40-42  43-44  45-47

 

Men’s Pants Sizes:

China 42 44 46 48 50
Global – Waist 68-72 cm / 26-28 inches 71-76 cm / 27-29 inches 75-80 cm / 29-31inches 79-84 cm /
31-33 inches
83-88 cm /
32-34 inches
Global – Length 99 cm /
38 inches
101.5 cm /
39 inches
104 cm /
40 inches
106.5 cm /
41 inches
109 cm /
42 inches

 

Men’s Underwear Sizes:

China 72-76 76-81 81-87 87-93 93-98
Global S M L XL XXL
US – inches 29-30 30-32 32-34 34-38 38-42

 

Men’s Shoes

Foot Length cm. 2
4
5
25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28
 China  3
9
40 41 42 43 44 45 46
 US  7  7
5
8 8.5 9 9.5 10  10
5
 UK  6 6
5
7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5
 Europe  3
9
 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

If you ever run into any snags, you can bookmark this page for reference.

This post is an excerpt from my book, “The Based Bachelor’s Guide to Building a Successful Life in Middle Kingdom.”

One thought on “Men’s Clothes in China

  1. ive had the opposite issue where i am a L size and ordering from the USA all of my large clothes came over at more of an XL or 2XL size and were quite baggy. its better than having sizes too small but it did teach me my lesson so that when i spent time in Asia i was much better able to find clothes that fit in China. I had more of a trial and error method though, i wish i had these charts handy ill definitely be keeping them on hand for my return trip to Asia next year!

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