Japanese Clothing Sizes: Conversion Charts

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March 4, 2019

Like many other countries in the world, Japan uses its own standard for clothing sizes. This situation often confuses foreign buyers who want to purchase Japan-exclusive fashion products. But White Rabbit Express is here to help them!

At White Rabbit Express, we buy clothes from Japanese stores that don't ship abroad every day. Our customers around the world regularly ask us this question: "I know my size in my country, but what is its equivalent in Japan?".

That's why we decided to assemble all the clothing sizes conversion charts and explain them on a single page. We hope you will use these tables as references before buying apparel from Japan.

This article is long because it covers as much as possible the different systems used in Japan to measure many kinds of garments. That's why we invite you to use the menu below to go directly to the part that interests you.


Women clothing:


Men clothing:


Children clothing:


Women clothing and shoe sizes

The comparison chart below will tell you what your size is for most Japanese women's clothes. To be able to use it correctly, you need to know your body measurements in centimeters.

General chart

Japanese sizeBustWaistHips
3 (SS or XS)75 to 7858 to 6281 to 84
5 (S)78 to 8162 to 6685 to 88
7 (S)82 to 8567 to 6989 to 92
9 (M)86 to 8870 to 7292 to 96
11 (L)89 to 9272 to 7696 to 100
13 (LL or XL)92 to 9677 to 80100 to 104
15 (LLL or XXL)96 to 10277 to 80100 to 104
17 (4L or 3X)103 to 10689 to 93109 to 113
19 (5L or 4X)106 to 10993 to 97114 to 118
21 (6L or 4X)110 to 11598 to 101119 to 123

As said above, all dimensions are expressed in centimeters. If you aren't familiar with that unit, you can divide these numbers by 2.54 to get their equivalents in inches.

Japanese dresses

5-Y-PP? 21-AB-T? The dress sizing names in Japan may look like robot names from the Star Wars saga. Fortunately, we describe for you these denominations that may seem overly complicated, but that allow to find dresses with perfect cuts.

The names of Japanese dress sizes are composed of three parts:

  • A number that defines the size of your chest.
  • One or two letters that determine your hip circumference relatively to your chest.
  • One or two letters that indicate your height.

We give you more details on each of these criteria in the following sub-sections so that you can choose the dress that will suit you best.

Chest sizing

The first part of the dresses sizing names determine your chest girth. Again, the numbers in this chart are in centimeters.

Size numberChest
374 cm
577 cm
780 cm
983 cm
1186 cm
1389 cm
1592 cm
1796 cm
19100 cm
21104 cm
23108 cm
25112 cm
27116 cm
29120 cm
31124 cm

Hips sizing

The second part of the Japanese dress sizing standard is used to define your hip circumference. In Japan, this measurement depends on your chest size.

Size nameHips
TSimilar
A+ 4 cm
AB+ 8 cm
B+ 12 cm

The designation "T" means that your hips are less than or equal to your chest size. All other templates are made for women who have hips wider than their bust. Thus, the letter "A" means that your hips are greater than your chest by 4 centimeters.

Dress length

The last part of the dress sizes naming is based on the subject height (that means "you"). Be careful, because the sizes above "P" (Petite) also add a few inches at the hips level. You will have to take this detail into account when calculating your hip circumference. It's the unique subtlety that makes the calculation difficult.

Size nameHeightExtra hips
PP (Double Petite)142 cmNo effect
P (Petite)150 cmNo effect
R (Regular)158 cm+ 2 cm
T (Tall)166 cm+ 4 cm

There are obviously other measurements above "T", but Japanese manufacturers determine their own standards. If you are taller than 166 cm, you will need to ask for more information to the seller or the brand that makes the dress you want to buy.

Tip: If you want to purchase your dress from a Japanese online store and you're not sure about your size, White Rabbit Express can help you. Indeed, we can contact the Japanese seller for you to get all the necessary details about the dress you want to buy. If you are satisfied with the information obtained, we will purchase the product for you and ship it to your address.

Bras

The sizes of Japanese bras combine the cup and band sizes. We explain this in more detail in the following two subparts.

Cup sizing

The Japanese bra-cup sizes are identical to those used in Europe, except in Great Britain. Indeed, the British have similar names until cup "D", then they have a late letter on the following Japanese sizes.

As for North Americans, they have a delay of one letter until the Japanese cup "E", then two letters late for larger breasts.

In any case, the biggest size you can find in most Japanese shops is "D". Sometimes you can run across "E"-sized bras, but this is quite rare in the Land of the Rising Sun.

JapanEUUSUK
AAAAA
BBAB
CCBC
DDCD
EEDDD
FFDDE
GGEF
HHFG
IIGH
JJHI
KKIJ

This isn't shown in the table above, but Australia uses the same system as the North American countries.

Band sizing

The table below shows the sizes in Japan (similar to the dimensions in most European countries), France and Spain (because their standard differs from the rest of Europe), North America and Great Britain, and finally Australia.

JP/EUFR/ESUS/UKAU
6075286
6580308
70853210
75903412
80953614
851003816
901054018
951104220
1001154422
105120286

If you're in France or Spain, it's quite easy to get your Japanese size. Actually, all you need to do is subtract 15 from the measurement of your country to get the perfect width for your Japanese bra.

To convert American and British sizes to Japanese measurements, you'll just need to start your calculation with the US size "28" which corresponds to a "60" in Japan. From there, add 2.5 to the Japanese size each time you add a point to the American or British size.

You can use the same method for Australian measurements, except that a "60" in Japan equals a "6" in Australia.

Women pants and jeans

The sizes of Japanese female jeans are defined by the waist circumference of the subject. The best way to take your measurement is to enlace your waist just above your belly button with a measuring tape.

JP sizeWaist (cm)
553 to 58 cm
758 to 64 cm
964 to 69 cm
1169 to 74 cm
1374 to 79 cm
1579 to 86 cm
1786 to 91 cm

This chart works for most denim brands in Japan. But some manufacturers use slightly different templates. If you are unsure of your size, we invite you to send us a comment with your White Rabbit Express order so that we can contact the seller to have more information about the product.

Women shoes

Nothing is easier than finding your shoe size in Japan. Just measure the length of your foot. Indeed, the measuring unit of Japanese shoe sizes is centimeters.

The chart below will help you convert this length into the standard of your choice: European, American or British sizes.

JapanEUUSUK
22355
22.5364
23376
23.5385
2438½7
24.5396
2539½8
25.5407
26419
26.5428

Tip for North Americans: Divide the size in centimeters by 2.54 to get the equivalent size in inches.

It's quite challenging to find women's shoes with a length greater than 25 centimeters in Japan. Some specialty shops offer larger shoes, but they're really rare.

You should also be aware that Japanese shoes tend to be tighter than their western counterparts. This is something you should remember if you already feel cramped in your western boots.

Other useful information: Socks use the same standards as shoes.

Some shoe shops use another system that employs the letters S (for Small), M (Medium) and L (Large):

  • S : 23 cm
  • M : 23,5 cm
  • L : 24 cm
  • LL : 24,5 cm
  • LLL : 25 cm

There are also "model sizes" (モデルサイズ in Japanese). This name refers to larger sizes specially made for models. Female models are often taller than average, so they often have bigger feet.

You might also like: Where to buy Japanese shoes?

Men clothing and shoes sizes

As with women's clothing, there are many standards for defining the sizes of men's apparel in Japan. But, the chart below can be used as a reference for most apparel products you can find on Japanese online stores.

General chart

SizeBustWaistHeight
S82 to 9072 to 80158 to 165
M87 to 9579 to 87158 to 165
L92 to 10086 to 94175 to 185

The sizes at the two ends of this spectrum (i.e. XS, XL or XXL) don't always fit the same body measurements. That's why we advise you to leave a comment on your White Rabbit Express order if your morphology doesn't fit into the three sizes found in the table above. We'll contact the Japanese seller to find out if the product you want to buy will fit you or not.

Japanese shirts for men

JapanEuropeUS
S3614
M3815
L4015¾
XL or LL4216½
XL or LL4417½

Please note that some Japanese brands use the same standards as in Europe. Besides, it's very difficult (but not impossible) to find shirts larger than size 44 in Japan.

Also, pay attention to the cutting of Japanese shirts. Most of them are slim cuts, which means it's sometimes better to take a size above to make sure you will be able to insert your overweight comfortably.

Men coats and jackets

To put it in a nutshell, always take a coat or jacket one size up when shopping in Japan. The table below gives you information about the measurements of each template.

JapanInternationalChestWaist
XSXXS76 to 79 cm66 to 69 cm
SXS81 to 84 cm71 to 74 cm
MS84 to 95 cm74 to 79 cm
LM96 to 102 cm79 to 84 cm
LLL104 to 110 cm84 to 91 cm
LLLXL111 to 118 cm91 to 100 cm
4LXXL119 to 125 cm101 to 112 cm

Men underwear

Nothing really special her. You just need to take your hip circumference with a measuring tape to know your Japanese underwear size.

Japanese sizeHips
S68 to 76 cm
M76 to 84 cm
L84 to 94 cm
LL94 to 104 cm

Men shoes in Japan

As for women, the unit used to define shoe sizes is the length of the foot in centimeters. The table below allows you to convert Japanese sizes with their European, American and British equivalents.

JapanEUUSUK
24396
24.5406
2540½7
25.5417
2641½8
26.5428
2742½9
27.5439
2843½10
28.54410½10
29451110½
30461211

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Children and baby clothing sizes

General information

In Japan, children's clothing labels indicate the size of the kid in centimeters. Most of the time, you just need to know the size of your child to find clothes that fit him perfectly.

Major brands like Uniqlo and GU Japan offer sizes up to 160 centimeters for boys.

You might also like: Where to buy baby clothes from Japan?

Baby headwear (hats, caps...)

In Japan, the size of the hats and caps corresponds to the head circumference. The chart below shows you the correspondences between the weight and size of the baby and the size of the headwear that will be the best for him or her.

Japanese sizeAgeHeightWeight
460 to 12 months60 to 70 cm5 to 9 kg
4812 months80 cm11 kg
5024 months90 cm13 kg
5236 months95 cm14 kg

Children shoe sizes

Like for adults, the Japanese shoe sizes are counted in centimeters. You will find the European, American and British equivalents on the table below.

JapanEUUSUK
101822
1118½3
121943
12.520½54
13.521½65
142376
152487
15.52598
1625½
16.526109
172710½
17.5281110
18291211
18.529½12½11½
1930½1312
About the author,

Michaël da Silva Paternoster

I am the Head of Growth at White Rabbit Express. I also have a blog called Nipponrama, where I share tips for travellers and overseas students and foreign workers in Japan.