How To Measure
Understanding the Sizing Information
We provide actual garment dimensions for many products via a 'tape measure' link on most product pages. These complement the stated 'to fit' sizes in the drop-down lists to help ensure the garment is going to fit your child correctly. The 'to fit' size is usually a good place to start, but this only provides guidance for one key measurement, such as waist or chest, but offers no advice for other important data, such as sleeve length. This is where the additional information can help you decide whether the stated 'to fit' size provides the best overall fit for your child or if you need to amend your initial choice. Please remember that the stated garment size is a 'to fit' measurement, whereas the supplementary information refers to actual garment measurements unless expressly mentioned otherwise.
Measuring chest for to-fit measurements:
- Wrap the measuring tape around the circumference of the chest holding the measuring tape in front.
- The tape measure should run across the fullest part of the chest and parallel to the ground.
- Relax the shoulders and ensure the measuring tape is close to the body without being tight.
Measuring for sleeve length:
- Place your right hand on your right hip, with your elbow bent so that your arm forms a 90 degree angle.
- Place the end of the tape measure either at the top of the shoulder or at the base of the neck.
- The start position will vary depending on product for which you are measuring; please consult the relevant garment dimension chart via the product's tape measure link.
- Run the measuring tape down the arm, over the elbow and down to the wrist.
Measuring for Trousers, Shorts and Skirts:
- Determine where you prefer to wear your trousers/skirt.
- Hold the measuring tape at the front of your body in line with your preferred waistband.
- Wrap the measuring tape around the body so it is parallel with the ground until it meets the start of the tape. This will be the actual waist measurement you will need to select when choosing your garment.
- The tape should be held close to the body without being tight.