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LOS ANGELES—In the previous columns, we’ve discussed the size numbering system used in the
It can be confusing to see clothes labeled in metric sizes that have been imported into the
Still, being able to convert from foreign to American sizes is helpful, and it’s a smart strategy when you’re traveling overseas and shopping for clothes. There are some real bargains available, and there are also a variety of styles, colors and patterns that you’ll seldom, if ever, see here at home.
Men’s suit sizes and shirt sizes in the
To further complicate matters, women’s clothing size numbers are all different in the
The best way to deal with foreign sizes is to print out some clothing size conversion charts and carry them with you when traveling abroad. You can Google “clothing size conversion chart” to find Web sites with charts.
Two excellent ones are overstock.com and asknumbers.com.
Don’t let these different sizing systems stop you from acquiring some wonderful attire when you’re abroad. Keep in mind that besides the different systems, clothes may also be cut differently than those for the American population. This can work for you or against you, so be sure to try on before buying.
This concludes our series about clothing sizes. The next column will cover some tips for savvy clothes shopping when you’re outside the
James F. Brown is a business consultant and expert on professional attire. His e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
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