Pantyhose Sizes

pantyhose sizes    Modern pantyhose are extremely stretchy. They stretch out in every direction to often surprising lengths, so when they’re in your drawer they barely take up any space, yet when you put them on, they slide onto your entire lower body effortlessly. This stretchiness is due to the elastane (lycra) which is combined with nylon to give pantyhose the shiny/stretchy/smooth texture we all love.

When it comes to pantyhose sizes however, this stretchiness can be misleading. You may think that if you buy a size smaller than you should, you won’t run into any problems on account of the stretchiness, but you’re wrong. It is extremely important that you pick the right-size pantyhose, for several reasons. First of all, the quality of the wearing experience will suffer if you’re wearing smaller (or God forbid larger) pantyhose. Pantyhose are like a silky sheath that protects your legs and lower body and as such, they need to fit you perfectly in order to indeed offer you that great sheer tights feel you’re looking for.
Many of those who dislike pantyhose say they dislike them because of how they feel. Picking the right size will probably answer all such complaints.

Picking the right pantyhose size is also important for the longevity of your tights. Many women complain that their pantyhose ladder (run a seam) way too easily. If you wear a smaller size than you should, such ladders will be pretty much inevitable and they will indeed happen extremely soon. Basically, your pantyhose will be like a time bomb just looking for the right opportunity to mess up your image. What I’ve learnt over time regarding laddering was that ladders were far less likely to occur when I picked the right size hose, and by soaking my pantyhose in warm water (and adding a little body-moisturizer at the toes and heels), I could make pantyhose last not months but several years before they eventually went down the inevitable road of laddering/ripping and heading to the bin.

Knowing your pantyhose size may not be enough though. There are several pantyhose size-standards out there, and each producer seems to have a distinct opinion about how pantyhose should be sized.
Depending on where you live, you may see pantyhose sizes marked by numbers or letters. What we shall attempt to do on this page is to offer you a general idea about what each of these sizes mean, both in the US and in Europe, so if you’re planning to order pantyhose online from overseas, you’ll be able to use our pantyhose size charts as starting point.

In the US, UK and mainland Europe, pantyhose sizes are set based on the height and weight of the would-be wearer.
In the US letters are used to denote the different sizes. A is the smallest. Then comes B,C,D,E,F, and the Qs. Q stands for Queen-size. QP is Queen size petite which is the smallest queen-size pantyhose. Queen sizes go from QP through Q1, Q2 and Q3 all the way to Q4 (which is the largest available US size).

Weight (lbs) Height (feet/inches)
4'8" 4'9" 4'10" 4'11" 5' 5'1" 5'2" 5'3" 5'4" 5'5" 5'6" 5'7" 5'8" 5'9" 5'10" 5'11" 6' 6'1"
95 A
100 A A A
105 A A A A A
110 A A A A A B B
115 A A A A A B B B B
120 A A A A B B B B B C
125 A A B B B B B C C C
130 B B B B B C C C C C
135 B B B C C C C C D D
140 B C C C C C D D D D
145 E C C C C D D D D D
150 E E E C C D D D D D
155 E E E E E D D D D
160 E E E E E F F D D D
165 E E E E E F F F F D
170 E E/QP E/QP E/QP F/QP F/QP F/Q1 F/Q1 F/Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1
175 E/QP E/QP F/QP F/QP F/QP F/Q1 F/Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1
180 F/QP F/QP F/QP F/QP F/Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2
185 QP QP F/QP F/QP F/QP Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2
190 QP QP QP F/QP QP Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2
195 QP QP QP QP QP Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2
200 QP QP QP QP QP Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2
210 QP QP QP QP QP Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2
220 QP QP QP QP QP Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3 Q3
230 QP QP Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3
240 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3
250 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3
260 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q4 Q4
270 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
280 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
290 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
300 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
310 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
320 Q4 Q4 Q4
330

Again: please understand that the only way to get your pantyhose size 100% accurate is to refer to the manufacturer's chart, as a size B from one manufacturer may not be the same as a size B from another (though they should be fairly close nonetheless). Here's the same chart, with weight and height displayed in kilograms and centimeters, to make it easier to make heads and tails of for Europeans:

Weight (kg) Height (cm)
142 145 147 150 152 155 157 160 163 165 168 170 173 175 178 180 183 185
43.2 A
45.5 A A A
47.7 A A A A A
50.0 A A A A A B B
52.3 A A A A A B B B B
54.5 A A A A B B B B B C
56.8 A A B B B B B C C C
59.1 B B B B B C C C C C
61.4 B B B C C C C C D D
63.6 B C C C C C D D D D
65.9 E C C C C D D D D D
68.2 E E E C C D D D D D
70.5 E E E E E D D D D
72.7 E E E E E F F D D D
75.0 E E E E E F F F F D
77.3 E E/QP E/QP E/QP F/QP F/QP F/Q1 F/Q1 F/Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1
79.5 E/QP E/QP F/QP F/QP F/QP F/Q1 F/Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1
81.8 F/QP F/QP F/QP F/QP F/Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2
84.1 QP QP F/QP F/QP F/QP Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2
86.4 QP QP QP F/QP QP Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2
88.6 QP QP QP QP QP Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2
90.9 QP QP QP QP QP Q1 Q1 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2
95.5 QP QP QP QP QP Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2
100.0 QP QP QP QP QP Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3 Q3
104.5 QP QP Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3
109.1 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3
113.6 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3
118.2 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q4 Q4
122.7 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
127.3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
131.8 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
136.4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
140.9 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4 Q4
145.5 Q4 Q4 Q4
150.0

In Europe, numbers are used for pantyhose sizes. To give you an idea about the sizes used in Europe, here are a couple of pantyhose size charts copied off European pantyhose packages:

Weight (kg)
Height(cm) 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 Height
(feet/inches)
145 I I I II II 4'9"
150 I I I I II II III 4'9"
155 I I I I II II III IV IV 5'1"
160 I I I I II II III IV IV 5'3"
165 I I I II II II III IV IV 5'5"
170 II II II II III III IV IV 5'7"
175 III III III III IV IV IV 5'9"
180 IV IV IV IV IV 5'11"
110 111 121 132 143 155 165 176 187
Weight (lbs)

Size IV pantyhose is a relatively standard size for adults, but that doesn't mean there aren't larger European sizes. As a matter of fact the largest available European size is size VI, as illustrated in the size-chart below:

EU UK

PH Size

Size Size Hip Height
I 40-42 S 34"-36" 5'-5'4"
II-III 42-44 M 36"-42" 5'2"-5'7"
44-46
IV-V 48-50 L 42"-47" 5'5"-5'10"
50-52
VI 52-54 XL 47"-60" 5'10"-6'


I truly do hope that you find the sizing charts on this page useful, and that by picking the right size pantyhose, you'll get to properly appreciate the advantages offered by this wonderful garment.