How to Convert Men's Size to a Women's Dress Size

Written by hallie hammack | 13/05/2017
How to Convert Men's Size to a Women's Dress Size
Despite sizing differences, most items of clothing will fit both men and women. (clothes shop image by Radu Razvan from

Rather than limiting themselves to one side of the clothing store, many women are finding that they can also find plenty of options in the racks set aside for men. In particular, many women find that men's jeans and trousers provide a better fit than the selection in the women's department. While there's no simple rule for converting all men's sizes to women's sizes, as cut and style vary greatly, women can use the following conversions as general guidelines to help find the right fit.

To convert men's trousers sizes to women's, subtract 535 mm (21 inches) from the waist measurement of the men's trousers. For example, men's trousers with a 840 mm (33 inch) waist would be approximately a women's size 12. The inseam, typically the second measurement in men's trousers sizes, will remain the same for women.

Because women's shirts are often cut differently from men's, converting shirt sizes is a bit trickier. The most reliable method is to simply measure the chest and waist of the men's shirt and compare those measurements to a women's sizing chart to find the equivalent size.

To convert shoe sizes, simply add 1.5 to the men's size in order to find the equivalent women's shoe size. For example, a men's size 8 shoe is roughly equivalent to a women's size 9.5.


  • Men's jeans are not cut as full in the hips as women's, so women may have to go up to a larger men's waist size if they have a fuller figure. When in doubt, try it on. Clothes vary greatly in cut, style and size, so it's best not to rely on measurements alone.

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