This post is by Christina of Profresh Style
You’re staring at a hang tag on a pair of jeans. What do you see? Size 27 or is it size 4 or how about size 40? How do you even begin to understand if this is the correct size?
Most premium denim uses a sizing system based on waist measurements in inches, like a 26. Whether you’re coming from the US or the UK the sizing seems to be all over the place. The biggest reason is because denim is coming from all over the world. If you’re a 4 in the U.S., it doesn’t always mean you are 4 in the U.K, and with premium denim, it’s a whole other size system. Here’s a simple way to break it down on how to determine what size you no matter where you are from.
|US Size 1||0||2||4||6||8||10||12||14|
|US Size 2||24||25/26||26/27||28||28/29||30||32||34|
*sometimes varies from manufacturer to manufacturer
When buying denim, always check for the label whether online or in-store. If it’s made in another country, especially any in Europe, keep in mind your size may be not the correct size you’re used to. Europeans cut slimmer which means you should purchase a size up to give room and alter from there.
Another tip to get a more accurate size, is to measure your waist and hips. This will help you determine what your size transferred over to in another country’s manufacturer. (This is more important if you’re shopping, say from Europe and you’re more familiar with the sizing 36, 48, etc. and you’re buying jeans in the US).
Here are great examples of international denim brands:
What’s your favorite denim brand? Do you enjoy brands from overseas?
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