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When shopping for fashions on Amazon one could become confused, if not irritated.

Understanding Amazon Size Charts

Size charts on Amazon are not always accurate. On the drop-down menu where you would select your size for an item, the choices are often confusing.

Normally we would see a listing of XS to XL or XXS to XXL and so on. This is not always the case on Amazon. Some brands list size L as a USA 8 for example. We all know that a size 8 is not a Large in the USA. I wear medium to large in shirts, depending on the style, and I am at least a size 10 upward to a 14 for button up tops.

If you see an item listed as a size 8 for US Large, do not get discouraged immediately! Amazon has a strange algorithm for sellers. From my communication with Amazon sellers, the drop down menus are not fully configurable on the seller end.

Sellers have to select a sizing drop down menu that best reflects their sizing, but it is not perfect.

Sometimes the seller is not aware of this so no other sizing information is available.

In this case, you have two options. Buy the item and hope for the best, or skip it entirely.

However, most sellers are aware of this being an issue for the buyers and will place complete sizing information in two different areas.

One area in which you may find more accurate sizing information is in the photos on the left side of the screen right next to the main listing image.

Amazon Sizing Chart in Photos of Listing

Another place you can find more detailed information would be within the item description itself. You will have to scroll down beneath the images to the item details to find this.

Amazon Sizing Chart Within Item Description

Understanding Amazon Size Charts And Where To Find Them

Not all Amazon size charts are inaccurate.

Sellers that manufacture items in the USA are usually correct in their drop down menus.

Big name items are generally accurate on sizing as well.

Even so, it is better to double check within the photos on the side of the main image or check the detailed description. Even in the USA sizing from one brand to the next can be different.

I enjoy shopping on Amazon for fashion. Some of my best deals come from there. Having Amazon Prime free 2 day delivery on items that offer it is a wonderful benefit too. I also appreciate the ease of returning items.

This article is not sponsored and I am not using any affiliate links. I just like sharing helpful information to my readers. 

I hope you have found this helpful. Perhaps your next shopping adventure on Amazon will be easier.

Have you found any great deals or must have items on Amazon lately?

I would love to hear about them!

Please leave me a comment.



  1. April 4, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I totally need to save this, I find their sizing charts so confusing and more than once I’ve ended up with completely the wrong size! Whoops!
    Sarah Bailey recently posted…Dreaming of Summer SandalsMy Profile

    • April 4, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Me too – then I figured it out haha. It’s not difficult once you know what to look for. No more ill fitting Amazon clothes. Thank you so much for reading it!

  2. April 4, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Thanks for publishing this! Buying clothes online can be a pain sometimes

  3. April 4, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    My sizes always go one way or another depending on the brand. Glad to have this infographic because I hardly know what size I am anymore!
    Lisa Favre recently posted…Monthly Birthday CakesMy Profile

    • April 5, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      So happy to help. I realized since I often write about and wear Amazon clothing on the blog I had best help people understand their tricky sizing methods. Hope it helps!

  4. Jennifer Van Huss
    April 5, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    This is great! And very timely!! I have to order uniforms for work off the web and I keep getting the wrong sizes! This will help a lot

    • April 5, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much for reading it and I am glad it helps! Wishing you better luck on uniform shopping now!

  5. April 5, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I haven’t really ordered many clothing items off of Amazon. It is important to look at the sizing details before making the purchase. If all else fails, ask the seller to verify sizes so that you aren’t stuck with an item that you can’t wear or have to deal with returning it.
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    • April 5, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      Great point! Yes contacting the seller when in doubt is the best option. I do love having Amazon Prime. It makes returns SO much easier.

  6. April 5, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    This is super helpful! I order tons of clothes from Amazon and I always try to go by their measurements in the description instead of the size chart since they are different sometimes. But returning things are always super easy if you need to!

    • April 5, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Oh yes that is one thing I love about Amazon – at least with Prime, the returns are super simple!

  7. Gabriel Bregg
    April 5, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    This is the main reason I haven’t really been brave enough to buy a lot of clothing from Amazon yet. Might be time to give it a shot now.

    • April 5, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      I sure hope it helps Gabriel! I know it was a lifesaver for me once I learned about it!

  8. Rebecca Swenor
    April 6, 2017 / 7:12 am

    These are great tips for understanding Amazon size charts. I know I usually read the review from people to to find out if items fit a certain way. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    • April 6, 2017 / 11:15 am

      Indeed the reviews can be super helpful too – especially when they give thei own measurements and show pictures of how things fit.

  9. April 6, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Oooo great info here!!! I’m all about online shopping so it’s nice to know how I should order from Amazon!

    • April 7, 2017 / 12:22 am

      Haha have fun shopping with more confidence on Amazon. Much better once you know the secret tips.
      Wish we could go shopping sometime.
      We would need to rent a U-Haul though hahaha!

  10. Tami Qualls
    April 6, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    One of the worst experiences shopping online is to get a piece that doesn’t fit and you have to send it back. This chart will help me order with more confidence.

    • April 7, 2017 / 12:20 am

      Agreed! I hate having to send things back! Even with Amazon prime which makes it easy, it’s just frustrating!
      I am glad to be able to help a little so you do not have these issues.

      My last return was due to them sending the wrong size entirely.

  11. April 11, 2017 / 7:24 am

    i love shopping online for other items but for clothes and shoes it’s not included in the list

    • April 11, 2017 / 11:24 am

      I hear you – too many frustrations sometimes but at the same time I also hate busy malls lol

    • April 11, 2017 / 11:22 am

      So true! It’s never EASY online or in store for that matter so every little bit of info helps.

  12. April 21, 2017 / 2:59 am

    Exactly what I was looking for. I hate returning clothes (Specially the ones which I really like but dont fit me )

  13. Jean
    June 16, 2017 / 6:02 am


  14. Tracey Whitehouse
    August 3, 2017 / 3:13 am

    Hi, thank you so much for this information, wish I’d found it sooner it would have saved a lot on postage back to Amazon!! I have found ordering clothes off there quite depressing, I’m a UK L-XL,
    I ordered a XXL t-shirt as it said they did run small and to order a size up, when it came it would have fitted my 7 year old snuggly! Lol

    • August 3, 2017 / 11:16 pm

      Uggg so sorry you had to go through that. You know, some sellers just do NOT understand sizing AT ALL. I think some just do not even care.
      I once had a seller ask me for help understanding USA sizing which I honestly thought was wonderful they reached out to ASK and learn.
      For the most part, I do think most sellers try.
      Tracey I swear by Amazon Prime. If you do a lot of shopping on there it is totally worth it.
      Returns are free if you buy from sellers who ship with Prime which is also free.

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