Tips When Shopping Clothes from US and Ship to Ireland

Online shopping for clothes and shoes is popular in Ireland. In fact, several popular clothing companies have their online stores in Ireland. Despite the presence of local online retailers and physical stores in shopping centres, more Irish still prefer buying clothes and shoes from US online stores.

While brands like Zara, Michael Kors, Ted Baker, Forever 21, Under Armour, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Secret, Timberland, Steve Madden, Calvin Klein, Hollister, Herschel, Christian Louboutin, Stuart Weitzman, Givenchy, Old Navy, Rebecca Minkoff, Alexander Wang, Kipling, Gant, and other brands have either online or physical stores in Ireland, it is still a fact that more choices are found in their respective USA stores.  This is the reason why many Irish still go to US online stores to buy some clothes and shoes.

Amazon.com, the world’s largest online store, is one of the most popular go-to store when it comes to clothes and shoes because it sell most of the popular brands in US and most of the time, the prices are much lower than in Irish stores. If you are wondering whether Amazon ships to Ireland, the answer is yes. In a previous post, we published an article how to shop at Amazon.com and ship to Ireland. In case the shop does not ship directly to Ireland a freight forwarder can be of help.

Advantages of Shopping at Clothing Stores in USA.

  • More Choices

Since US stores are usually the flagship online store of any big clothing company, most of their products including the latest releases are listed in their respective online stores in USA. Sometimes, it takes months before new products become available online in Ireland or in other European countries. Thus, shopper will have more choices. The product that your want to buy but does not appear online in Ireland might be available online in the US.

  • Lower Prices

Comparing US and Europe prices, the European pricetag usually is a lot more expensive than US. Also, shoppers gets to enjoy the discounts offered by US stores. Just remember that delivery and importations costs should be considered when comparing the prices.

Disadvantages of Shopping at Clothing Stores in USA.

  • Added Delivery and Importation Cost

Since purchases are coming from overseas, shipping fee might be expensive. Hence, it is good to estimate shipping cost before you place your orders. Amazon US, for example, charges at least USD 9.98 for shipping clothes from US to Ireland. Another cost to consider is the import fee which includes customs duty and value added tax (VAT).

  • Returns could be an issue

There are times that you buy clothes that does not fit your size. Thus, returning the goods would follow. Here, since you are buying from a USA store returning the goods back to US could be costly. So it would be of help if you also review the Returns Policy of the online store you are buying from.

Clothing Size Variance

Finally, be familiar with the size chart used in the US and the counterpart of the sizes in Ireland. Most of the time, each description page comes with a size chart that guides you in selecting the appropriate sizes. In case none is supplied, the following charts could be of help:

Women’s Apparel

General SizeUS Clothing SizeChest (in)Waist (in)Hips
XS 32 24 34.5
XS 2 33 25 35.5
S 4 34 26 36.5
S 6 35 27 37.5
M 8 36 28 38.5
M 10 37 29 39.5
L 12 38.5 30.5 41
L 14 40 32 42.5
XL 16 41.5 33.5 44
XL 18 43 35 45.5

Men’s Apparel

General SizeChest (in)Waist (in)Arm (in)
Small 34 28 31.5
Small 36 30 32
Medium 38 32 32.5
Medium 40 34 33
Large 42 36 33.5
Large 44 38 35
Extra Large 46 40 34.5
Extra Large 48 42 35
XX Large 50 44 35.5
XX Large 52 46 36

Women’s Pants

General SizeUSAWaist (in)Hip (in)
XS 24 34.5
XS 2 25 35.5
S 4 26 36.5
S 6 27 37.5
M 8 28 28.5
M 10 29 39.5
L 12 30.5 41
L 14 32 42.5
XL 16 33.5 44
XL 18 35 45.5

Men’s Pants

US SizeWaist (in)
XXS 26
XS 27.5
S 29
M 33
L 37
XL 41
2XL 45
3XL 49
4XL 53
5XL 57
6XL 61

Women’s Shoes

US SizeEU SizeUK Sizeinchescentimetre
4 35 2 8 3/16 20.8
4.5 35 2.5 8 6/16 21.3
5 35-36 3 8 1/2 21.6
5.5 36 3.5 8 3/4 22.2
6 36-37 4 8 7/8 22.5
6.5 37 4.5 9 1/16 23
7 37-38 5 9 1/4 23.5
7.5 38 5.5 9 6/16 23.8
8 38-39 6 9 1/2 24.1
8.5 38-39 6 9 11/16 24.6
9 39-40 7 9 7/8 25.1
9.5 40 7.5 10 25.4
10 40-41 8 10 3/16 25.9
10.5 41 8.5 10 5/16 26.2
11 41-42 9 10 1/2 26.7
11.5 42 9.5 10 11/16 27.1
12 42-43 10 10 7/8 27.6

Men’s Shoes

US SizeWaist (in)
XXS 26
XS 27.5
S 29
M 33
L 37
XL 41
2XL 45
3XL 49
4XL 53
5XL 57
6XL 61

There you have it. For your next overseas online shopping for clothes, consider the guidelines and tips above so you can grab the deals without the hassle.

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