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Get Right Fit for Men's Clothing and Unisex Clothing. What Do those Men's Size Numbers and Letters Mean ?

Updated on April 27, 2012


I am not a tailor but I work closely with the clothing industry responsible for clothing factory workers with various uniforms. Finding the right size for the right people is always an interesting issue. You can buy the perfect clothing size for a person's body type and it still might not be the right fit. For example, the clothes are sized wrong or the wearers personal preference (prefer baggier jeans etc) may override the correct fit.

I can not correct all of these nuances here but I can give you some basics that might help. This article I'll simply get into what all of those letters and numbers translate to in terms of size.

I'll dedicate on section to each size. These figures apply to men's sizes and unisex sizes.

If you are looking for women's sizes, I have linked another article down below.

S Men's Small

S means small.  Small translates to men's sizes:  Neck 14 - 14 1/2". Chest 34 -36. Waist 28 - 30

M Men's Medium

M means medium. Medium translates to men's sizes: Neck 15 - 15 1/2". Chest 38 -40. Waist 32 - 34

L Men's Large

L means large. Large translates to men's sizes:  Neck 16 - 16 1/2". Chest 42 - 44. Waist 36 - 38

XL Men's Extra Large

XL means men's extra large. Extra Large translates to men's sizes:  Neck 17 - 17 1/2". Chest 46 - 48. Waist 40 - 42

2XL Men's Double Extra Large or Two Extra Large

2XL means men's double extra large. Double extra Large translates to men's sizes:  Neck 18 - 18 1/2". Chest 50 - 52. Waist 44 - 46

3XL Men's Triple Extra Large or Three Extra Large

3XL  means men's triple extra large. Triple extra Large translates to men's sizes:  Neck 19 - 19 1/2". Chest 54 - 56. Waist 48 - 50

4XL Men's Quadruple Extra Large or four Extra Large

4XL  means men's quadruple extra large. Quadruple extra Large translates to men's sizes:  Neck 20 - 20 1/2". Chest 58 - 60. Waist 52 - 54

5XL Men's Quintuple Extra Large or Five Extra Large

5XL  means men's quintuple extra large. Quintuple extra Large translates to men's sizes:  Neck 20 1/2 - 22 1/2". Chest 62 - 64. Waist 56 - 58

Thanks for reading! I hope that this article helps you with clothing sizes for men.

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      TurtleDog 5 years ago

      Viktor, you're awesome for picking up my size medium translation / typo. Looks like my medium needed an alteration so to speak. I changed med to thirty two to thirty four. Thanks

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      viktor 5 years ago

      Refering to

      "M Men's Medium

      M means medium. Medium translates to men's sizes: Neck 15 - 15 1/2". Chest 38 -40. Waist 32 - 44"

      The last part: Waist 32 - 44. did you mean 32 -34?

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      Jackets! Well... that depends... Universally people say you should go up a size for jackets but that isn't exactly true. For example, some jackets for women are more appropriate to be fitted for form (tighter) whereas other jackets you really need to be wary of what is being worn underneath. An opposite, extreme, example would be a men's bikers (motorcycle) jacket. These tend to be worn bigger for style and also to accommodate potential additional layers. Depending on what style jacket you need I'd suggest when you go to the store you wear the clothing you intend to wear beneath the jacket. If it is a jacket you'll be wearing with a bulkier sweater beneath, wear that and see how the jacket looks and how it feels for fit. If you are wearing something more form fitting beneath, like a tigher pull over shirt, do the same. Hope that helps!

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      Sonya 6 years ago

      Should you go up a size for a jacket?

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      TurtleDog 7 years ago

      You are welcome Jim! Thanks for the comment

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      Jim 7 years ago

      Thanks for the information.

      Very helpful.