Jacket Sizes (and How To Measure It)

Jacket Sizes

Wearing a well-fitting jacket not only keeps us warm and protected but also boosts our confidence. It’s important to find the right size when shopping for a jacket or making one yourself. With so many styles, sizes, and fits available, it can be a bit confusing to know which one is perfect for you.

In this guide, we will explore the world of jacket sizes, the difference between men’s, women’s, and children’s sizing, and how to measure yourself for the perfect fit. We

Standard Jacket Sizing Systems

When it comes to buying a jacket, it’s important to know about the different sizing systems used around the world. There are three main systems—US, UK, and European sizing. Each system has its own way of defining jacket sizes.

US Sizing

US sizing is commonly used in the United States and Canada. It uses numbers, like 34, 36, or 38, to indicate the size of the jacket. These numbers are often based on the chest measurement in inches. Men’s and women’s sizes are different in this system, with men’s sizes typically larger than women’s.

UK Sizing

UK sizing is very similar to US sizing but is used mainly in the United Kingdom and countries with British influence. The biggest difference is that UK sizes are usually one size smaller than their US counterparts. For example, a US size 38 would be a UK size 37.

European Sizing

European sizing is used in most countries in Europe, as well as some parts of Asia and Africa. This system uses a different set of numbers, like 48, 50, or 52, which are based on the chest measurement in centimeters. To convert US sizes to European sizes, you can add 10 to the US size. For example, a US size 38 would be a European size 48.

Jacket Sizes

Men’s and women’s jackets are measured differently. For men’s jackets, the size is based on the chest circumference, whereas women’s jackets have 3 measurements—the bust, the waist, and the hips.

The following tables describe the typical measurements for men’s and women’s jackets in inches and centimeters. Please note that each brand has their own sizing system, so the exact size figures may vary.

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Men’s Jacket Sizes

Letter SizeNumber Size/Chest (in)Chest (cm)
XS34 to 3686 to 91
S36 to 3891 to 97
M38 to 4097 to 102
L42 to 44107 to 112
XL46 to 48117 to 122
XXL50 to 52127 to 132
3XL54 to 56137 to 142

Women’s Jacket Sizes

Number SizeLetter SizeBust (in)Bust (cm)Waist (in)Waist (cm)Hip (in)Hip (cm)
6XS32 to 3381 to 8424 to 2561 to 6334 to 3586 to 89
7S34 to 3586 to 8926 to 2766 to 6836 to 3791 to 94
7.5M36 to 3791 to 9428 to 2971 to 7338 to 3997 to 99
8L38 to 4097 to 10230 to 3276 to 8140 to 42102 to 107
8.5XL42 to 44107 to 11234 to 3686 to 9144 to 46112 to 117
9XXL46 to 48117 to 12238 to 4097 to 10248 to 50122 to 127
103XL50 to 52127 to 13242 to 44107 to 11252 to 54132 to 137

Children’s Jacket Sizes

Age GroupChest (in)Chest (cm)Waist (in)Waist (cm)Hip (in)Hip (cm)
4 to 5 years23 to 2458 to 6122 to 2356 to 5824 to 2561 to 63
6 to 7 years25 to 2663 to 6623 to 2458 to 6126 to 2766 to 68
8 to 9 years27 to 2868 to 7124 to 2561 to 6328 to 2971 to 73
10 to 11 years29 to 3073 to 7625 to 2663 to 6630 to 3176 to 78
12 to 13 years31 to 3278 to 8126 to 2766 to 6832 to 3381 to 84
14 to 15 years33 to 3484 to 8627 to 2868 to 7134 to 3586 to 89
16 to 17 years35 to 3689 to 9128 to 2971 to 7336 to 3791 to 94
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Plus Sizes and Big & Tall Jackets

Size GroupMen’s Chest (in)Men’s Chest (cm)Women’s Bust (in)Women’s Bust (cm)Women’s Waist (in)Women’s Waist (cm)Women’s Hip (in)Women’s Hip (cm)
1X46 to 48117 to 12242 to 44107 to 11234 to 3686 to 9144 to 46112 to 117
2X50 to 52127 to 13246 to 48117 to 12238 to 4097 to 10248 to 50122 to 127
3X54 to 56137 to 14250 to 52127 to 13242 to 44107 to 11252 to 54132 to 137
4X58 to 60147 to 15254 to 56137 to 14246 to 48117 to 12256 to 58142 to 147
5X62 to 64157 to 16358 to 60147 to 15250 to 52127 to 13260 to 62152 to 157

Measuring for the Perfect Jacket

Measuring for the Perfect Jacket

A well-fitting jacket can make you look and feel great. To find the perfect fit, you’ll need to measure yourself or an existing jacket that fits you well. Here’s how to do it.

Tools You’ll Need

Before you start, gather a few items:

  • A soft measuring tape that can easily wrap around your body.
  • A friend or family member to help you take accurate measurements.

Measuring Your Body

Follow these steps to measure your body for a jacket—Remember to be as accurate as possible and double-check your measurements. Compare your numbers to the size charts provided by the brand to find the best fit.

  1. Chest—Stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your sides. Have your friend wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest, usually just under your armpits. Keep the tape snug but not too tight. Write down the measurement in inches or centimeters.
  2. Waist—Measure around the narrowest part of your waist, usually just above your belly button. Keep the tape snug but not too tight. Write down the measurement.
  3. Hips—Measure around the fullest part of your hips, usually at the top of your thighs. Keep the tape snug but not too tight. Write down the measurement.
  4. Sleeve length—Stand with your arm slightly bent at your side. Ask your friend to measure from the center back of your neck, over your shoulder, down your arm, and to your wrist. Write down the measurement.
  5. Shoulder width—Stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your sides. Have your friend measure from the outer edge of one shoulder to the outer edge of the other shoulder, across your back. Write down the measurement.
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Measuring an Existing Jacket

If you have a jacket that fits you well, you can measure it to help you find a similar size. Here’s how:

  1. Lay the jacket on a flat surface, like a table or the floor. Make sure it’s zipped or buttoned up and smoothed out.
  2. Chest—Measure across the front of the jacket, from one armpit seam to the other. Multiply this number by two to get the full chest measurement. Write it down.
  3. Waist—Measure across the narrowest part of the jacket’s front, usually around the middle. Multiply this number by two to get the full waist measurement. Write it down.
  4. Hips—Measure across the widest part of the jacket’s front, usually near the bottom. Multiply this number by two to get the full hip measurement. Write it down.
  5. Sleeve length—Measure from the top of the shoulder seam, along the outer edge of the sleeve, to the end of the cuff. Write it down.
  6. Shoulder width—Measure across the back of the jacket, from one shoulder seam to the other. Write it down.
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Baron Cooke has been writing and editing for 7 years. He grew up with an aptitude for geometry, statistics, and dimensions. He has a BA in construction management and also has studied civil infrastructure, engineering, and measurements. He is the head writer of measuringknowhow.com

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