Girls Size Chart: How to Find the Right Fit

Buying clothes for your daughter is one of the little delights that make being a parent worthwhile. This simple task, however, can get really tricky. Children’s sizes keep changing as they rapidly grow, and clothing sizes from brand to brand are not consistent. And so, to help you find and convert your little girl’s clothing size in a matter of seconds, here is a helpful and comprehensive girls size chart overview to all girls’ clothing items as well as other apparels.

At a Glance

  • Clothing sizes for kids are usually based on age, height, and weight. However, the best way to find the perfect fit for your daughter is to get accurate measurements of several key areas of her body such as the chest, waist, hip, inseam, and height. You may also need to record her neck base and sleeve length measurements. Then, refer to a reliable size chart so you can determine the appropriate clothing size for her.
  • Clothing sizes for girls can be classified further into three types: (1) standard sizes, (2) plus sizes, and (3) slim sizes.
  • Different countries follow their own established sizing standards. In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, clothing sizes for girls are mainly based on age. In Europe, however, girls’ sizes are based on a child’s height but in centimeters.
  • To measure your daughter’s shoe size, (1) trace your child’s foot on a sheet of paper. (2) Make sure you mark the highest point of her toe to the farthest edge of her heel. (3) Record the measurement between these two points in both inches and centimeters. (4) Then, you may refer to a shoe size chart to find your kid’s corresponding shoe size.




Measurement Guide for Girls’ Clothes

Sizing in girls’ apparel is not an exact science. Just because your daughter is a size 10 in one clothing brand doesn’t mean she can wear the same size in all other brands. Most girls’ clothing sizing guides are based on age, though others take height and weight into consideration as well. Some size charts, however, are more detailed, providing specific body measurements for a particular size label. Hence, to find the perfect-fitting clothes or shoes for your daughter, you need to take note of her exact body measurements. This will entail using measuring devices like a tape measure or a ruler, depending on what you’re measuring for.

For you to get accurate measurements of your child’s body, you need to make sure that you’re taking them either over her bare skin or while she’s wearing a skin-tight attire. If you’re planning on buying her a top or a dress, you need to take note of her chest, waist, and even her hip measurements. If you’re going to shop for pants or jeans, you need measurements of her waist, hips, and inseam.

How to Measure

  • Chest: Stand in an upright position with both hands on your sides. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your daughter’s chest. You may add an extra 1 inch for comfort and movement. However, if you’re measuring for jackets, you may add a few inches more depending on how loose you or your child would want the jacket to fit her.
  • Waist: Wrap the measuring tape around your child’s natural waist. It is the narrowest part of the trunk and is usually situated around the belly button area.
  • Hips: Wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your daughter’s hips. You may choose to add an extra inch for comfort and movement, but you won’t need to if you’re shopping for stretchable, tight-fitting jeans.
  • Inseam: Start from the crotch area then bring the tape measure all the way down to your daughter’s ankle.
  • Height: Make sure your daughter is barefooted and standing straight when measuring her height. Start from the highest point of her head all the way to the bottom of her toes. You may need to have her lead against a door frame to make the process easier.

Once you have your daughter’s body measurements, you may then use the sizing guides below so that you can have a better idea of what her clothing size is.

 

Pro Tip: Regularly update your record of your daughter’s body measurements and keep the details on your phone. Or, you can also write them down and keep it in your wallet. This way, you can easily retrieve it every time you go shopping.

If you also need help with boys sizes, click here.

Girls’ Size Chart (Standard)

The clothing size chart below is intended for girls between the ages 3 and 12 years old and whose body measurements fit well with standard sizing.

General SizeUS SizeHeight (in.)Chest (in.)Waist (in.)Hips (in.)
XS439 - 41 ½232123
542 - 44 ½2421 ½24
S645 - 46 ½252225 ½
6X47 - 48 ½262326 ½
M749 - 50 ½272428
851 - 53282529 ½
L1053 ½ - 55292630 ½
1255 ½ - 57 ½30 ½2732
XL1458 - 6031 ½2833
1660 - 62332934 ½
XXL1860 - 62343035 ½
2060 - 6235 ½3137

Girls’ Plus Sizes

The clothing size chart below is intended for girls between the ages 3 and 12 years old and whose body measurements are slightly bigger in comparison to standard sizing.

US SizeHeight (in.)Chest (in.)Waist (in.)Hips (in.)
7 PLUS49 - 50 ½282730 ½
8 PLUS51 - 5329 ½2831 ½
10 PLUS53 ½ - 5530 ½2933
12 PLUS55 - 57 ½323034
14 PLUS58 - 60333135 ½
16 PLUS60 - 6234 ½3236 ½
18 PLUS60 - 6235 ½3337 ½

Girls’ Slim Sizes

The clothing size chart below is intended for girls between the ages 3 and 12 years old and whose body measurements are a bit smaller in comparison to standard sizing.

US SizeHeight (in.)Chest (in.)Waist (in.)Hips (in.)
7 SLIM49 - 50 ½25 ½2225
8 SLIM51 - 5326 ½2327 ½
10 SLIM53 ½ - 5527 ½2428 ½
12 SLIM55 - 57 ½292530
14 SLIM58 - 60302631
16 SLIM60 - 6231 ½2732 ½
18 SLIM60-6232 ½2833 ½

Pro Tip: Generic clothing size charts serve as a helpful guide when gauging your daughter’s clothing size. Nonetheless, the best sizing charts to use are those published by the specific brands or retailers you and your family patronize.

Conversion to International Sizes

Buying clothes for your little girl can get even trickier when you’re dealing with international sizes. Different countries follow their own established sizing standards. For some of them, these standards are mere recommendations which apparel companies may or may not choose to observe. In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, clothing sizes for girls are mainly based on age. In Europe, however, girls’ sizes are based on a child’s height but in centimeters. If you plan on buying items from an international clothing brand that follows a different sizing system, you’ll need to refer to an international size conversion chart as provided below.

AgeUSUKEuropeAustralia
4-554-5104-110 cm5
5-665-6110-116 cm6
6-76X-76-7116-122 cm7
7-87 to 87-8122-128 cm8
8-99 to 108-9128-134 cm9
9-10109-10134-140 cm10
10-111110-11140-146 cm11
11-121411-12146-152 cm12

Girls’ Pants and Jeans Sizes

Girls’ Pants Size Chart – Regular

GENERAL SIZEUS SIZEAGEHEIGHT (in.)WEIGHT (lbs.)WAIST (in.)HIP (in.)INSEAM (in.)
XS43-438 - 4135 - 3921.5 - 2222 - 2315.5 - 17
S54-541 - 4439 - 4522 - 22.523 - 2417 - 18.75
65-644 - 46.545 - 5022.5 - 2324 - 2518.75 - 20.25
M6X / 76-746.5 - 50.550 - 5723 - 23.525 - 27.520.25 - 23
87-850.5 - 52.557 - 6523.5 - 24.2527.5 - 28.523 - 24.25
L108-952.5 - 5565 - 7524.25 - 2528.5 - 3024.25 - 26
129-1055 - 5875 - 8625 - 2630 - 3226 - 27.5
XL1410-1158 - 6186 - 10026 - 2832 - 3427.5 - 29
XXL1611-1261 - 62.5100 - 10828 - 3034 - 3629 - 29.5

Girls’ Pants Size Chart – Plus Size

GENERAL SIZEUS SIZEAGEHEIGHT (in.)WEIGHT (lbs.)WAIST (in.)HIP (in.)INSEAM (in.)
XS43-438 - 4145 - 5024 - 24.524.5 - 25.515 - 16.5
S54-541 - 4450 - 5724.5 - 2525.5 - 26.516.5 - 18.25
65-644 - 46.557 - 6525 - 25.526.5 - 27.518.25 - 19.75
M6X / 76-746.5 - 50.565 - 7525.5 - 2627.5 - 3019.75 - 22.5
87-850.5 - 52.575 - 8626 - 26.7530 - 3122.5 - 23.75
L108-952.5 - 5586 - 10026.75 - 27.531 - 32.523.75 - 25.5
129-1055 - 58100 - 10827.5 - 28.532.5 - 34.525.5 - 27
XL1410-1158 - 61108 - 11728.5 - 30.534.5 - 36.527 - 28.5
XXL1611-1261 - 62.5117 - 12630.5 - 32.536.5 - 38.528.5 - 29

Girls’ Pants Size Chart – Slim Size

GENERAL SIZEUS SIZEAGEHEIGHT (in.)WEIGHT (lbs.)WAIST (in.)HIP (in.)INSEAM (in.)
XS43-438 - 4132 - 3519.5 - 2020 - 2115.5 - 17
S54-541 - 4435 - 3920 - 20.521 - 2217 - 18.75
65-644 - 46.539 - 4520.5 - 2122 - 2318.75 - 20.25
M6X / 76-746.5 - 50.545 - 5021 - 21.523 - 25.520.25 - 23
87-850.5 - 52.550 - 5721.5 - 22.2525.5 - 26.523 - 24.25
L108-952.5 - 5557 - 6522.25 - 2326.5 - 2824.25 - 26
129-1055 - 5865 - 7523 - 2428 - 3026 - 27.5
XL1410-1158 - 6175 - 8624 - 2630 - 3227.5 - 29
XXL1611-1261 - 62.586 - 10026 - 2832 - 3429 - 29.5
Pro Tip: Kids go through growth spurts. And so, it is recommended that you buy your daughter a pair of pants that are a size bigger. Until she grows into them, you may have her wear a belt.

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Girls’ Shirt and Sweater Sizes

GENERAL SIZEUS SIZEAGEHEIGHT (in.)WEIGHT (lbs.)CHEST (in.)WAIST (in.)
XS43-438 - 4135 - 3921 - 2221.5 - 22
S54-541 - 4439 - 4522 - 2322 - 22.5
65-644 - 46.545 - 5023 - 2422.5 - 23
M6X / 76-746.5 - 50.550 - 5724 - 2623 - 23.5
87-850.5 - 52.557 - 6526 - 2723.5 - 24.25
L108-952.5 - 5565 - 7527 - 28.524.25 - 25
129-1055 - 5875 - 8628.5 - 3025 - 26
XL1410-1158 - 6186 - 10030 - 31.526 - 28
XXL1611-1261 - 62.5100 - 10831.5 - 33.528 - 30
Pro Tip: Having a bit of brand loyalty can go a long way when it comes to buying clothing for girls. Once you’re already well-acquainted with a particular brand, you won’t need to always refer to sizing and conversion tables to buy clothes that fit your daughter.

Girls’ Jacket Sizes

General SizeU.S. SizeHeight (in.)Chest (in.)Sleeve Length (in.)
XS542-452420.5
S645-492521.75
749-532623.25
M853-552724.5
L1055-5728.525.75
1257-603027.25
XL1460-6231.528.5
1662-643330

Girls’ Dress Sizes

GENERAL SIZEUS SIZEAGEHEIGHT (in.)WEIGHT (lbs.)CHEST (in.)WAIST (in.)HIP (in.)
XS43-438 - 4135 - 3921 - 2221.5 - 2222 - 23
S54-541 - 4439 - 4522 - 2322 - 22.523 - 24
65-644 - 46.545 - 5023 - 2422.5 - 2324 - 25
M6X / 76-746.5 - 50.550 - 5724 - 2623 - 23.525 - 27.5
87-850.5 - 52.557 - 6526 - 2723.5 - 24.2527.5 - 28.5
L108-952.5 - 5565 - 7527 - 28.524.25 - 2528.5 - 30
129-1055 - 5875 - 8628.5 - 3025 - 2630 - 32
XL1410-1158 - 6186 - 10030 - 31.526 - 2832 - 34
XXL1611-1261 - 62.5100 - 10831.5 - 33.528 - 3034 - 36
Pro Tip: As much as possible, bring your little girl with you when you go shopping for clothes. Not only is this a good opportunity to bond but she can try on right away any clothes you pick out for her.

Girls’ Tights and Legwear Sizes

US SIZEHEIGHT (in.)WEIGHT (lbs.)HIP (in.)
438 - 4435 - 4522 - 24
5
644 - 50.545 - 5724 - 27.5
7
850.5 - 5557 - 7527.5 - 30
10
1255 - 6175 - 10030 - 34
14

Girls’ Underwear Sizes

Different brands tend to follow different sizing guides. Below is an example from a well-known retailer of girls’ clothing.

SIZEUS SIZEHEIGHT (in.)WEIGHT (lbs.)CHEST (in.)WAIST (in.)
XXS233.5 - 3830 - 3520 - 2120.5 - 21.5
3
XS438 - 4135 - 3921 - 2221.5 - 22
S541 - 46.539 - 5022 - 2422 - 23
6
M746.5 - 52.550 - 6524 - 2723 - 24.25
8
L1052.5 - 5865 - 8627 - 3024.25 - 26
12
XL1458 - 6186 - 10030 - 31.526 - 28

Girls’ Shoe Sizes

How to measure your daughter’s shoe size: Trace your child’s foot on a sheet of paper. Make sure you mark the highest point of her toe to the farthest edge of her heel. Record the measurement between these two points in both inches and centimeters. Then, you may refer to a shoe size chart like the one provided below to find your kid’s corresponding shoe size.

Little Girls’ Shoe Size Chart

Foot Length (in.)Foot Length (cm.)U.S. SizeU.K. SizeE.U. SizeCanadian SizeJapanese Size
7 1/418.412.511.53012.519
7 1/219.11312311319.5
7 5/819.413.512.53113.520
7 3/419.711332120.5
820.31.513.5331.521
8 1/820.62133221.5
8 1/4212.51.5342.521.5
8 1/221.63234322

Big Girls’ Shoe Size Chart

Foot Length (in.)Foot Length (cm.)U.S. SizeWomen's U.S. SizeU.K. SizeE.U. SizeCanadian SizeJapanese Size
8 5/821.93.55.52.5353.522.5
8 3/422.246336423
922.94.56.53.5364.523.5
9 1/823.257437524
9 1/423.55.57.54.5375.524.5
9 1/224.168538625
9 5/824.46.58.55.5386.525.5
9 3/424.879639726
Pro Tip: Girls’ feet grow fast which is why it is best that you buy a pair of shoe with some extra space. The recommended room for growth is 0.5-0.7 inches.

This article has a more detailed discussion on children’s shoe sizes.

Can we rely on Girls’ clothing sizes?

Unfortunately, the answer is “no, not completely.” Shopping for Girls’ clothes can be a very serious challenge for many mainly because size charts are inconsistent and not universal. You can refer to generic size charts, but they are mere approximates at best. They don’t guarantee that you’ll buy your kid the perfect fit every time you buy online or go shopping without her. But as they say, something is better than nothing. It’s better to have a guide that’s inexact but can help point you in the right direction in finding the right size than not have any size chart to follow at all.

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