Youth’s Apparel Size Guide

Measuring the size of apparel to be then worn by a girl or a boy is not as easy a task as it may seem to some people that are not experienced in that regard. Therefore, we have decided to write a short text, in which we will discuss in detail how to measure shirts, pants, shoes, and hats for your children! Let us start with the most commonly purchased item of clothing, namely - shirts.

How to Measure Youth’s Shirts?

To measure a shirt for a boy or a girl and be sure that it will fit just perfectly, the parent has to take a measuring tape and wrap it around the chest of the child to specify the chest size. However, it is not the only piece of information that is needed while making purchases both in brick-and-mortar and online stores. Arm length, shirt length, and child’s height have also be known in order to avoid purchasing a shirt that is too small or too loose. All the measurements can be taken when a child is standing straight in his or her beloved apparel in front of the mirror, as well as the parent may decide to take measurements of the currently used, comfortable item after the child takes it off. We strongly recommend the first solution, as it will allow to make adjustments basing on kid’s body type and preferences.

Boys’ youth Size Chart for Shirts

Size XS XS S S M L L XL XL XXL
Kids size 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 14 16 18
Age 3 – 4 4 – 5 5 – 6 6 – 7 7 – 8 8 – 9 9 – 10 10 – 11 11 – 12 12 – 13
Height (inches) 39 – 41 ½ 42 – 44 ½ 45 – 47 ½ 48 – 49 ½ 50 – 52 52 ½ – 55 ½ 56 – 58 56 ½ – 60 ½ 61 – 64 64 ½ – 66 ½
Chest (inches) 23 24 25 26 26 ½ 27 28 29 ½ 31 32 ½

Girls’ youth Size Chart for Shirts

Size XS XS S S M M L L XL XL XXL XXL
US Size 4 5 6 6X 7 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Age 3 – 4 4 – 5 5 – 6 6 – 7 6 – 7 7 – 8 8 – 9 9 – 10 10 – 11 11 – 12 12 – 13 13 – 14
Height (inches) 39 – 41 ½ 42 – 44 ½ 45 – 46 ½ 47 – 48 ½ 49 – 50 ½ 51 – 53 53 ½ – 55 55 ½ – 57 ½ 58 – 60 60 – 62 60 – 62 60 – 62
Chest (inches) 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 ½ 31 ½ 33 34 35 ½

How to Measure Youth’s Pants?

It may seem to some people that measuring pants for a young person is the easiest thing in the world. It is not the case, however. One must remember, for example, that a child grows rather quickly and measurements taken about a year ago may not be accurate now. Therefore, before going to the store, the parent has to know such measurements as: waist, hips, inseam, rise, and length. If they are specified correctly, it is then not a difficult task to purchase pants that are not only in line with the preferences of the youngster, but also - with the data we have at our disposal. Many companies have accurate size tables, so we can always compare them with the measurements taken in order to specify which pant size will be the most suitable for our son or daughter.

Boys’ youth Size Chart for Pants

Size XS XS S S M L L XL XL XXL
Kids size 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 14 16 18
Age 3 – 4 4 – 5 5 – 6 6 – 7 7 – 8 8 – 9 9 – 10 10 – 11 11 – 12 12 – 13
Height (inches) 39 – 41 ½ 42 – 44 ½ 45 – 47 ½ 48 – 49 ½ 50 – 52 52 ½ – 55 ½ 56 – 58 56 ½ – 60 ½ 61 – 64 64 ½ – 66 ½
Hips (inches) 21 – 22 21 – 22 22 – 23 23 – 24 25 - 26 ½ 26 ½ - 27 ½ 26 ½ - 27 ½ 28 ½ - 30 ½ 30 ½ - 32 32 - 34
Waist (inches) 21 - 22 21 - 22 22 - 22 ½ 22 ½ - 23 23 – 24 ½ 24 ½ - 25 ½ 25 ½ - 26 ½ 26 ½ - 28 28 – 29 ½ 29 ½ - 31

Girls’ youth Size Chart for Pants

Size XS XS S S M M L L XL XL XXL XXL
US Size 4 5 6 6X 7 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Age 3 – 4 4 – 5 5 – 6 6 – 7 6 – 7 7 – 8 8 – 9 9 – 10 10 – 11 11 – 12 12 – 13 13 – 14
Heights (inches) 39 – 41 ½ 42 – 44 ½ 45 – 46 ½ 47 – 48 ½ 49 – 50 ½ 51 – 53 53 ½ – 55 55 ½ – 57 ½ 58 – 60 60 – 62 60 – 62 60 – 62
Waist (inches) 21 21 ½ 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Hips (inches) 23 24 25 ½ 26 ½ 28 29 ½ 30 ½ 32 33 34 ½ 35 ½ 36

How to Measure Shoes Sizes?

Measuring shoes is the easiest task when it comes to preparations for purchasing items of clothing for our child. All you have to do is to check the label on the sneakers or other footwear your child wears at the moment and deems to be comfortable or take an accurate measurement of the sole of the feet of the youngster and then - compare it to the size chart provided by the producer in the shop or on the website. The most sensible way to be sure that the purchased shoes will fit and not cause sore feet or other problems alike is to buy them in a brick-and-mortar shop, where they can be tested and if need be - replaced with smaller or bigger ones. The same procedure may be tiresome and take even several days in the case of online purchases.

Youth Size Chart for shoes

US - Kids 1C 2C 3C 4C 5C 6C 7C 8C 9C 10C 10.5C 11C 11.5C 12C 12.5C 13C 13.5C 1Y 1.5Y 2Y 2.5Y 3Y 3.5Y 4Y 4.5Y 5Y 5.5Y 6Y 6.5Y 7Y
UK 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.5 8.5 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 13.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6
CM 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 16.5 17 17.5 18 18.5 19 19.5 20 20.5 21 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 23.5 24 24 24.5 25
EU 16 17 18.5 19.5 21 22 23.5 25 26 27 27.5 28 28.5 29.5 30 31 31.5 32 33 33.5 34 35 35.5 36 36.5 37.5 38 38.5 39 40

How to Measure Hat Sizes?

In this case, all you have to do is to tightly wrap a measuring tape around the head of the child. Then compare the result with the one provided in inches or centimeters in the size chart. Sometimes it may be a good idea to purchase a hat or any other type of protective gear that is a bit bigger, as the head of the kid will gradually get bigger with age. While opting for the discussed solution, we can be sure that even if the child develops with age, the purchased item will fit the head of our daughter or son!

Size XS S M L
Age 1 – 3 4 - 6 7 - 10 12 - 14
Head circumference (inches) 19.5 20.5 21.5 22.5

Tips to Find the Perfect Fit

As you can easily see - taking measurements is rather easy, especially if you know what you are doing! Do not hesitate to take all the measurements that you may need - even if they turn out to be of no importance, you will be better informed about your child’s body type, posture, and overall size, which will make it remarkably easier for you to make more informed purchases both now and in the future. It is also a sensible idea to keep them written down for reference. You should also make sure to compare the measurements with the ones provided by the producer during every shopping session, as you have to keep in mind that every company has its own charts and guides, as well as updates them on regular basis. Do not assume that hat, shirt, shoe, or trousers sizes have not changed since last season - it may be a really big mistake! Last but not least - if you are sure that the measurements you have taken are accurate and you have decided to make purchases online, before finalizing the order you should check the reviews posted by other customers in order to check whether a given item of apparel looks as good in real life as it does in the photos presented to you on the website. It will also help you specify whether or not a particular item is made out of materials characterized by a satisfactory quality and its longevity will be optimal.

We hope that all the provided pieces of information will make not only the process of measuring, but also of purchasing items of apparel for your children very easy, pleasant, and effortless. It is not a difficult task per se, you only have to approach it equipped with basic knowledge that has been provided within the framework of this article. If you happen to have some additional questions, do not hesitate to contact our representatives who will be more than glad to dispel all your doubts!