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French Clothing and Shoe Size Conversion

Clothing sizes in the UK are different from those used in France and the rest of the continent. For example, a UK men's shoe size of 8 corresponds to a French shoe size of 42.

Exact conversions between English sizes and French sizes are difficult since clothing sizes are not completely standardized even within a given country, and vary slightly from one manufacturer to another. Furthermore, cuts of clothing vary between manufacturers and also between tailors.

Finally, even taking an average of these factors, there is often no exact match: a UK size 7 shoe falls halfway between a France size 40 and size 41, but there is no size 40½. Due to these various complexities, there are slight variations between available clothing size conversion tables and an agreed table does not seem to exist. Consequently, one should always try clothing on to confirm sizes.

That being said, the following conversion charts and tables will give a good starting point when shopping for clothes in France.

French Shoes, Blouses, Sweaters, Dresses and Suits Sizes for Ladies

Country Size Size Size Size Size Size Size Size Size
UK 4 1/2 5 5 1/2 6 6 1/2 7 7 1/2 8 8.5
France 37 38 39 39 40 40 41 42 42.5

Blouses, Sweaters
Country Size Size Size Size Size Size Size
UK 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
France 40 42 44 46 48 50 52

Dresses, Suits
Country Size Size Size Size Size Size Size
UK 8 10 12 14 16 18
France 36 38 40 42 44 46

French Shoes, Shirts, suit and Socks Sizes for Men

Country Size Size Size Size Size Size Size
UK 7 1/2 8 8 1/2 9 9 1/2 10 10,5
France 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

Country Size Size Size Size Size Size Size
UK 14 14 1/2 15 15 1/2 16 16 1/2 17
France 36 37 38 39 40 41 42

Country Size Size Size Size Size Size Size
UK 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
France 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

Country Size Size Size Size Size Size Size
UK 9 1/2 10 10 1/2 11 11 1/2 12 12 1/2
France 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

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