Understanding Asian Sizes
Asian sizes run smaller and shorter in comparison to clothing from Western countries.
The chart below shows how Western sizes are converted into different Asian sizes. However, every piece of clothing is made to fit and look differently, so it’s best not to be over reliant on sizing labels. One brand may manufacture its garments in sizes slightly different from another brand’s, while other brands may offer only one-size or free-size clothing. This is why we suggest looking at the garment’s provided measurements.
The average Asian has a smaller body frame than the average European or American. The average height of a Chinese woman is around 160cm (5ft 3in), whereas the average height for a Belgian woman is approximately 168cm (5ft 6in).
The average height for a Chinese man is around 172cm (5ft 8in). It is preferable when choosing size to select a size or two up.
How to Measure Yourself
Simply wrap a measuring tape around your chosen area, and measure its circumference. Start from the end of the tape that begins with 0.
Asking another person to measure you is preferred, as some specific areas of the body can be tricky to measure by yourself. If you wish to measure yourself, it’s recommended to measure the same area three times, and take the median of the three attempts as your final measurement.
Aside from height, the basic measurements you should know are highlighted in the diagram below: