How to Measure

We source our products from a wide variety of manufacturers as well as manufacturing many styles ourselves and no supplier works to the same sizing standards.

We have a lot of experience in sizing children based on measurements supplied by parents and our extensive knowledge of individual garments.

We do not get our advice correct 100% of the time but we are striving to improve on the 92% success rate we have achieved to date.

Our intelligent sizing system relies on parents providing accurate measurements of their children. With accurate measurements our uniform advisers will recommend the best size in each style for your child. We will also be able to identify outsize requirements well in advance saving time and inconvenience by sourcing suitable alternatives.

Please take a moment to read this sizing advice. In addition you can watch the videos showing you how to measure your child.

Sizing info

  • You will need your child, a measuring tape, paper and pen 
  • Make sure your child takes his or her shoes off and removes any bulky items of clothing like jumpers or baggy trousers
  • The measurements should be actual body measurements
  • Do not be tempted to add “room for growth” at this stage, our advisers will help you with that later.

A. Height

  • It helps to do this against a wall or door frame 
  • Ask your child to stand straight, shoulders relaxed, flat on their feet 
  • Make sure he or she is looking straight ahead and not leaning back 
  • Measure from the base of the feet to the crown of the head

B. Chest

  • Make sure your child has removed any bulky jumpers or clothes, you need a body measurement 
  • Ask your child to have their arms hanging loosely by their sides 
  • Measure round the body at chest height

C. Waist

  • School uniform is not designed to be worn in line with low-waisted/hipster fashions, you need the natural waistline 
  • Make sure your child has removed any bulky items as you need a body measurement 
  • Measure around the natural waistline, just above the hip bone

D. Inside leg

  • Required if ordering trousers including tracksuit bottoms
  • Measure from the top of the inside leg to the length you would like the trousers to be

E. Waist to knee

  • Required for skirts, culottes and boys shorts 
  • Measure from the natural waistline to mid knee

F. Neck to knee

  • Required for dresses, overalls and long coats
  • Measure from the nape (base) of the neck to the middle of the knee

G. Head

  • Measure round the circumference of the head just above the brow

H. Neck

  • Measure round the neck with two fingers between measuring tape and skin

I. Arm length

  • With a straight arm measure from the crown of the shoulder (end of the shoulder bone) to the thumb joint

Shoe Size

  • This will be required if ordering any socks (including sports socks) or plimsolls


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