Does H&M Run Small? (with REAL size chart)

H&M generally runs half a size small across all of its products. It is advised to size up for the perfect fit.

H&M offers high-end fashion at very low prices which makes it one of the leading clothing companies in the world of fast fashion, catering to the likes of men, women, teens as well as kids. 

They are a go-to brand for any occasion, be it a party, a meeting, a trip with friends or family, or a celebration too. The added discount going on their website from time to time has everyone rushing to bag their favorites.

While most of their products are actually half a size small (size up when at H&M always), you might sometimes find the need to go up a couple of sizes from your usual size. Since they usually run on a smaller side, we are going to go over the sizing issues at H&M and help you find the perfect fit for you.

How Does H&M Fit?

H&M run big

H&M fits very similar to Zara when it comes to its sizing charts. While most of its dresses and pants run at least half a size small, tees and shirts have a relaxed fit and are generally true to size. 

H&M is quite consistent with the set measures for the sizing guide as compared to its American peers, often following the American standards too. But it is a chart that is pretty easy to follow and does not vary from product to product. 

While dresses run on a smaller size, you always have to size up (sometimes 2 to 3 sizes up) but pants and trousers are generally true to their size, providing an amazing fit and comfort. 

Shirts and tops at H&M are true to their size and most of them having a relaxed fit makes them the first choice on an outdoor day too. 

Shoes broadly run half a size smaller than the official sizing standards, so if you’re looking at a tie-up pair, it is advisable to go for a size up for better comfort. 

Which H&M Items Run Small?

CLOTHINGSIZE FIT
Jackets and CoatsRuns half a size small.
Jeans and trousersTrue to size.
Tops and ShirtsRuns half a size small.
DressesRuns small.

Jackets and Coats

H&M has a huge collection of coats and jackets that tend to run on a little larger side. 

So, if you keep an eye on the size chart, it will not be a problem to find the right size. In fact, even if you buy half a size larger product, you will always have more room to layer.

Blazers, especially regular fit ones, run a little on the small side compared to the coats and jackets. So it is recommended to always size up when looking for one. 

Jeans and Trousers

Their website shows that H&M jeans and trousers are true to size. If you are a regular 32W, skinny pants are a snug fit but still have room for movement around the crotch.

However, for straight ankle-high pants, you might need to go up by half a size. The sizing chart for the pants on their website is spot on so you do not need to worry about getting an ill-fitted pair. 

Tops and Shirts

If you’re looking for a cropped top, chances are they run half a size small, so size up. Tees, otherwise, are spot on. 

For their shirts and blouses, there is a possibility they run half a size large but are pretty comfortable and of good quality. Personally, as a regular small-sized person, their regular medium also looks quite good and is a savior on a hot day.

Dresses

Dresses at H&M are ridiculously small than the rest of their products, so you will have to size up almost always.

These dresses are never true to size and chances are you have to buy a couple of sizes up. If you are a size 14 person, going for a size 18 to 20 is normally expected. 

H&M Size Chart For Men

All measurements are in inches.

Shirts and Jackets

All measurements are in inches.

USEURChest inchWaist inchNeckline inchArmlength inch
30R4030¾-32¼26-27½13¼24¼
32R4232¼-33¾27½-29¼13¾24½
34R4433¾-35½29¼-30¾1424½
36R4635½-3730¾-32¼15½24½
38R4837-38½32¼-33¾1524¾
40R5038½-40¼33¾-35½15¼24¾
42R5240¼-41¾35½-3715¾25
44R5441¾-43¼37-38¾1625
46R5643¼-44¾38¾-40½16½25½
48R5844¾-46½40½-42¼1725½
50R6046½-4842¼-4417¼25¾
52R6248-49½44-45¾17¾26
54R6449½-51¼45¾-47½1826
56R6651¼-52¾47½-49½18½26

Bottoms and Jeans

All measurements are in inches.

USWaist inchLow hip inchInside leg length inch
26R26-27½33½-34¾31½
28R27½-29¼34¾-3631¾
30R29¼-30¾36-37¼32
32R30¾-32¼37¼-38¼32¼
33R32¼-33¾38¼-39½32½
34R33¾-35½39½-40¾32½
36R35½-37¼40¾-4232¾
38R37-38¾42-43¼33
40R38¾-40½44¼-45½33
42R40½-42¼44¼-45½33¼
44R42¼-4445½-46½33¼
46R44-45¾46½-47¾33½
48R45¾-47½47¾-4933½
50R47½-49½49-5033½

H&M Size Chart For Women

Dresses

All measurements are in inches.

USBust inchWaist inchLow hip inchArm length inchInside leg inch
029-30¾22¾-24½32¼-33¾23¼30¾
230¾-32¼24½-2633¾-35½23½30¾
432¼-33¾26-27½35½-3723½30¾
633¾-35½27½-2937-38¼23½30¾
835½-3729-30¾38¼-39½23¾30¾
1037-38½30¾-32½39½-40¾23¾30¾
1238½-4032½-34½40¾-4223¾30¾
1440-4234½-36½42-43½2430¾
1642-44½36½-3943½-45½2430¾
1844½-46¾39-41¼45½-47½2430¾
2046¾-49¼41¼-43¾47½-49½2430¾
2249¼-51½43¾-46¼49½-51½24¼30¾
2451½-5446¼-4951½-5424¼30¾
2654-56¼49-51¾54-56¼24½30¾
2856¼-58½51¾-54½56¼-58½24½30¾
3058½-6154½-57¼58½-6124½30¾

Jeans

All measurements are in inches.

USWaist inchLow hip inchInside leg inch
022¾-24½32¼-33¾30¾
224½-2633¾-35½30¾
426-27½35½-3730¾
627½-2937-38¼30¾
829-30¾38¼-39½30¾
1030¾-32½39½-40¾30¾
1232½-34½40¾-4230¾
1434½-36½42-43½30¾
1636½-3943½-45½30¾
1839-41¼45½-47½30¾
2041¼-43¾47½-49½30¾
2243¾-46¼49½-51½30¾
2446¼-4951½-5430¾
2649-51¾54-56¼30¾
2851¾-54½56¼-58½30¾
3054½-57¼58½-6130¾

Does H&M Make Plus-size Clothing?

Yes, H&M offers plus-size clothing. Their tops, dresses, and trousers tend to go up to 4XL plus size in almost all of their categories. 

They have an amazing plus-size collection (yes, they have items other than just black and blue) and are extremely inclusive too. Despite this, the choices are limited due to its minuscule collection, as they offer less than 160 pieces in plus size. 

While H&M has constantly been expanding its size range for plus-size collections(though, at a snail’s pace), on a closer inspection, it does seem like this collection is not readily available in their stores and only on the websites. 

Final Remarks.

H&M  has been on top of its game in the world of fast fashion for a very long time and understands the customers it caters. Known for selling ‘disposable fashion’ at accessible rates, H&M continuously updates its designs to “project a trend-setter look”.

However, in a fast-changing world, one can only hope for them to incorporate more size options in its guide and avail to a larger audience. 

Here is a quick recap of the article:

Does H&M run small? Yes, some of their products run at least half a size small so you always need to size up. Due to various disparities in its sizing guide, you need to pay close attention to their size chart in order to get the perfect fit.