boys’ clothing sizes

The H and S suffixes in boy's sizes indicate husky and slim sizes.

Size Height
(inches)
Chest
(inches)
Waist
(inches)
Hip
(inches)
Size Height
(inches)
Chest
(inches)
Waist
(inches)
Hip
(inches)
4 39 23 21 23
*4S 39 22 19 22
5 42 23½ 21½ 24
*5S 42 22½ 19½ 23
6 45 24½ 22 25
*6S 45 23½ 20 24
6H 46 26 24½ 26¼
7 49 25½ 22½ 26
*7S 49 24½ 20½ 25
7H 48 26¾ 25 27¼
8R 50 26½ 23½ 26½
8S 50 25¼ 21½ 25¼
8H 50 26½ 25½ 28¼
9R 52 27¼ 24 27¼
9S 52 26 22 26
9H 52 28¼ 26 29¼
10R 54 28 24½ 28
10S 54 26¾ 22½ 26¾
10H 54 29 26½ 30½
11R 56 28¾ 25 29
11S 56 27½ 23 27¾
11H 56 30 27 31¼
12R 58 29½ 25½ 30
12S 58 28¼ 23½ 28¾
12H 58 31 27½ 32¼
13H 59½ 32 28 33¼
14R 61 31 26½ 32
14S 61 29¾ 24½ 30¾
14H 61 33 29 34¼
15H 62½ 34 29½ 35¼
16R 64 32½ 27½ 34
16S 64 31½ 25½ 31½
16H 64 35 30 36¼
17H 65 35¾ 30½ 36 7/8
18R 66 34 28½ 35½
18S 66 33 26½ 33
18H 66 36½ 31 37½
20R 68 35½ 29½ 37
20S 68 34½ 27½ 34½
20H 68 38 32 38¾
21H 69 38¾ 32½ 39 3/8
22H 70 39½ 33 40
23H 71 40¼ 33½ 40 5/8
24H 72 41 34 41¼

Consumers are much more likely to buy clothing from catalogs if they know what the sizes in the catalog mean. Prodded by the Mail Order Association, in the late 1940's the Dept. of Commerce set about devising a set of clothing size standards, using body measurements from a study by the Dept. of Agriculture. A fruit of this effort was Voluntary Product Standard PS 32-70, which defined boys' sizes from 2 to 24, including odd-numbered sizes, with additional husky and slim sizes from 6 to 24. 

In the early 1980's the Department of Commerce decided to get out of the clothing size business. The product standard was withdrawn in 1988 and the activity turned over to the American Society for Testing and Materials (now ASTM International).

D 6860-03, D 6458

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