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Measuring for School Uniforms

In order for school uniforms to fit well they must be the correct size. Some kids are very hard to fit. We have full and complete line of sizes on all of the clothes we carry including half sizes for girls and huskies for boys.

An accurate waist measurement is the most important measurement when referencing the manufacturer's size charts for the correct size for your child's school uniform pants, skirts, skorts or shorts.

How do I measure my daughter for school uniform pants & shorts?

In a pair of pants that are comfortable and the correct fit, length and waist, have your student adjust the pants to the normal position she wears them before measuring. This is very important! Do not adjust the pants to where you think she should wear them, but where they actually sit when running, sitting, standing, etc.

For our girl's pleated pants, measure around the waist just above or at the navel. If you are measuring for the Lowrise Flat Front girl's pant, the waist measurement should be just below the navel. Always allow for shirt or shirts to be tucked in. Measure around the hips. This measurement needs to be across the center of the abdomen. For older students, please remember these are not fashion pants. All pleated pants fit at the waist! The flat front pant fits slightly lower on the hips. The Lowrise, flat front, flared leg pant fits at the hip, but still within "uniform" requirements.

For finished length, measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the finished hem. An appropriate length for pants should be to the middle of the shoe at the heel, with a slight break in the front. It is important to remember your child's growing cycle. For example, if the student has not grown in height for 4 to 6 months and she will not be wearing slacks for 2 or 3 months, you might want to judge the length an inch or so longer. The walkshort is designed to fall at the top of the knee. It is always best to do alterations on pants or walkshorts just before the wearing season, especially for that age 11 and older.

How do I measure my daughter for a school uniform Jumper?

Dropwaist : This style of school uniform jumper needs three measurements for proper fit. Chest (bust), hip and length. Measure around the chest or bust with a relaxed tape. At the hips, measure with a relaxed tape around the heaviest part of the abdomen and hips. Remember this is a loose fitting garment, and you want to allow for blouses, turtlenecks and growth. Waisted : In addition to the chest (bust), hip and length measurements, school uniform jumpers that are fitted at the waist, must have a waist measurement. With a relaxed tape, measure around the waist just above the navel. Again, remember to allow for a blouse or turtleneck to be tucked in. Both styles of jumpers are usually long in length. To insure you have the right amount of length, measure from the base of the neck, down the back to the desired finished length on the leg. Refer to the manufacturers sizing charts for the appropriate size. Alterations may be needed to adjust the finished length.

How do I measure my daughter for a Skirt or Skort?

Skirts or skorts need three measurements for proper fit. Waist, hips and length. Although young girls are wearing their skirts and pants more at the hip these days, the waist measurement should still be relaxed just above or at the navel. If you are buying to fit on the hips, take the measurement where the skirt is to be worn and correlate that number into a waist size on our sizing charts. The half sizes in skirts seem to allow the most comfortable fit for those wanting to fit at the hips. Remember to allow for a shirt to be tucked in. The hip measurement (not to be confused with the measurement for wearing the waist at the hip) should be relaxed across the heaviest part of the abdomen. If the tape is held relaxed and not pulled tight, there will be an allowance for growth. The desired finished length is measured from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the finished hem. The majority of skirts are sized to come to the bottom of the knee. Skorts are designed to come to the top or mid knee. Alterations may be needed to adjust the finished length.

How do I measure my daughter for Blouses, Shirts, Sweaters, Sweater Vests or Jackets?

The most important measurements on a school uniform shirt whether knit or oxford, are the shoulders and chest (bust). Allow for growth by measuring across the back at the base of the neck, shoulder to shoulder. Measure around the chest (bust) with a relaxed tape. A good rule of thumb for fitting most tops is to size up one size from the students pant size.

For example, if a student is in a size 10 regular pant, a medium knit shirt (size 10-12) would be the appropriate size with room to grow. If your student is in a size 12 regular pant, sizing up to the large (14-16), would be the best choice to allow for growth.

With the oxford button-down shirt, it is best to measure your student's sleeve length when purchasing long sleeve shirts. If you want to allow for growth on a long sleeve shirt, the button on the cuff can always be moved over for a tighter fit so that the sleeve does not fall below the wrist. Again, it is most important to fit the chest (bust) and shoulders comfortably. If your student carries weight in the abdomen, you may have to go up one size or order a Husky size to fit that dimension. Remember to allow for undershirts! Our Girl's oxford button-down shirts are available in Youth Sizes 4-16 and Adult sizes Extra-Small through 4x. Refer to the sizing chart for the appropriate size according to the student's chest (bust) and sleeve length measurement.


Our sweaters run large! Most students will wear the same size in sweater or sweater vest as they do in bottoms. It is rare to size up on the vest or v-neck since they run a bit on the large side. The cardigan is more true to size and sizing up may be OK, especially if your child is in between sizes or in a growth spurt. Sweatshirts and T-Shirts tend to run small and can be purchased one size larger than the pant size. Our jackets can also be sized up to allow for additional growth.

How do I measure my son for school uniform pants or shorts?

In a pair of pants that are comfortable and the correct fit, length and waist, have your student adjust the pants to the normal position he wears them before measuring. This is very important! Do not adjust the pants to where you think he should wear them, but where they actually set when running, sitting, standing, etc. Measure around the waist just below the navel allowing for shirt or shirts to be tucked in. For length, take a pair of pants that are the length you want for your son. Measure from the middle of the crouch seam to the bottom of the finished hem. An appropriate length for pants should be to the middle of the shoe at the heel, with a slight break in the front. It is important to remember your student's growing cycle and the time of year. For example, if the student has not grown in height for 4 to 6 months or he will not be wearing slacks for 2 or 3 months, you might want to add an inch or so to the length. The walkshort is designed to fall at the knee. It is always best to do alterations on pants or walkshorts just before the wearing season, especially for those ages 11 and older.

How do I fit my student for a Blazer?

Fitting a Blazer if not the easiest task since the manufacturers of youth size blazers often do not follow typical sizing guidelines. Allowing for growth is important, but more difficult when fitting a blazer. You may measure across the shoulders at the back of the neck to the edge of the shoulder. Measure around the chest. If your student carries weight at the abdomen, measure around at that point. You may find it easier to judge the correct size by using the size of a proper fitting shirt and pant as your guide. Not "oversized" clothing, but appropriate fitting tops and bottoms in USA sizes. We feel the blazers run a bit small, so a good rule of thumb is to size one size up from your students shirt and pant size. For example, if your student wears a size 10 dress style shirt or a size Youth Medium(10-12) polo style knit, and a size 10 regular or slim pant, then the correct size blazer would be the Youth Size 12. Our blazer's sleeves run long and almost always require hemming. For sleeve length, measure from the top edge of the shoulder to bottom of the wrist or top of the base of the hand to allow for growth. For the appropriate coat length have the student stand straight with arms and hands relaxed at their side. Measure from the top edge of the shoulder to the tip of the fingers in this position. This is the length for growth. If you wish to have a correct fit, the length should be with the student's arms straight with their fingers cupped under the finished edge of the coat.

How do I fit my son for Shirts, Sweaters, Sweater Vests, Sweatshirts, T-Shirts or Jackets?

The most important measurement on a shirt whether knit or oxford, is across the shoulder and sleeve length if choosing long sleeved shirts. To allow for growth, a good rule of thumb for fitting most tops is to size up one size from the student's pant size. For example, if a student is in a size 8 regular pant, a medium knit shirt, size 10-12 would be the appropriate fit with room to grow, unless your student prefers them more fitted than oversized. If your student is in a size 12 regular pant, sizing up to the large (14-16) would be the best choice allowing for growth.

With the button-down oxford shirt, it is best to measure your student's sleeve length when purchasing long sleeve shirts. If you want to allow for growth in a long sleeve shirt, the button on the cuff can always be moved for a tighter fit so that the sleeve does not fall below the wrist. If your student carries weight in the abdomen, you may need to size up to fit that dimension, however, in youth sizes, the husky oxford is great for extra width for husky boys or half size girls. Remember to allow for undershirts! Our shirts are available in Youth Sizes 4-20, Husky Sizes 8H-20H and Adult sizes Small through 4x. They are not sized by neck and sleeve lengths. Refer to the sizing chart for the appropriate size according to the student's neck and sleeve length measurement.
Our sweaters run large! Most students will wear the same size in sweater or sweater vest as they do in bottoms. It is rare to size up on the vest or v-neck since they run a bit on the large side. The cardigan is more true to size and sizing up may be OK, especially if your child is in between sizes or in a growth spurt. Sweatshirts and T-Shirts tend to run small and can be purchased one size larger than the pant size. Our jackets can also be sized up to allow for additional growth.



 
 
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