When buying men’s clothes in China, you’re going to need to check the equivalent sizes.
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:
Men’s Shirt Sizes:
Men’s Pants Sizes:
|Global – Waist||68-72 cm / 26-28 inches||71-76 cm / 27-29 inches||75-80 cm / 29-31inches||79-84 cm /
|83-88 cm /
|Global – Length||99 cm /
|101.5 cm /
|104 cm /
|106.5 cm /
|109 cm /
Men’s Underwear Sizes:
|US – inches||29-30||30-32||32-34||34-38||38-42|
|Foot Length cm.||2
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.”