How to Convert American Women's Swimsuit Sizes to European

Updated November 21, 2016

Swimming is an international sport, and women's swimwear is manufactured all over the world, including Europe and the United States. If you're located in the U.S. and buying swimwear from a European company, you may not know how your American swimsuit size compares to your European size. However, there is an easy way to find out.

Find the size of a swimsuit you already own that fits you well, by looking at the tag.

Visit a website that offers an American-to-European swimwear size conversion chart. Two options are and

Find your American size on the chart; for example, size 8 (a medium).

Scan the chart to find the sizes for the country you're buying the swimsuit from. For example, the Italian equivalent of an American size 8 is 42.


If you don't have access to the Internet, you can estimate your size. A rough guide for French, Italian and German sizes is to add 30 to whatever your American size is. For example, an American size 6 (a small) plus 30 roughly equals a European size 36. For British sizes, just add 2. For example, an American size 12 (a large) plus 2 equals a British size 14.


British, French, German and Italian swimwear sizes all differ slightly. If possible, it's best to convert to the sizes of a specific country rather than estimate.

Things You'll Need

  • Swimsuit with American size tag
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