girl’s sizes

United States

Like all generic sizing charts, the two tables below can give only a rough idea of the dimensions of a garment.  A sizing chart from the garment maker, especially a chart made for that particular line, will be much more accurate.  Even so, the only way to be sure a garment fits is to try it on.

Many values in the charts are ranges, like "35–36." A range simply indicates that most garments this size are made to some value within the range. It doesn't mean a garment with this size will fit any girl whose dimensions fall within the range. For example, for size 10½ the chart gives a waist size of 27½–29½ inches. This does not mean that any size 10½ garment will fit a girl with a 29½-inch waist, as many size 10½ garments will have 27½-inch, 28-inch and so on waists. The red numbers in parentheses are examples of actual values adopted by some maker that fall way outside the usual range, and are offered as cautionary notes.

Many sources offer charts that suggest a size based on the girl's age. Children's growth patterns differ so much that such charts' suggestions are often wrong, and so we do not provide such a correlation.

A peculiarity of girls sizes is that the half sizes are not intermediate between two whole number sizes, but instead indicate a "plus" (i.e., plumper) version of the whole number size. Usually a half size garment will be bigger all over than its whole size counterpart, but in a few cases a manufacturer keeps the main dimension but changes the proportions. For example, shorts in size 10½ may be made with the same waist size as the size 10 but shorter legs, which may force a girl who usually takes a 10½ to go up to a size 16 in that particular line.

In theory, girls sizing assumes a more-or-less cylindrical body type. As a girl develops, she is expected to graduate to Juniors sizing, which is based on a bustier, more hourglass-shaped body type. It seems to us, however, that differences between manufacturers are greater than the differences between girls and juniors sizing. An older teen may find she gets a better fit–in a particular line–from girls sizes, and a juniors size may be a good fit for a young teen.

In particular, watch out for the waist. Skirts and pants with the same size from the same manufacturer may have waists that differ by as much as an inch and a half.

Girls Regular Sizes
size
height
(inches)
chest
(inches)
waist
(inches)
hip
(inches)
4 39–42 23 (25) (20) 21–21½ 23–23½ (27½)
5 42–45 23½–24 (26) 21½–22 24–24½ (28½)
6 45–49 24½–25 (27) 22–23 25–26 (29½)
6X 48–50 25½–26 (27½) 22½–24 26 (30½)
7 49–53 26 (28) 23–24 27 (30½)
8 52–53 27 (29) 23–24½ 28–29 (31½)
10 54–55 28–28½ (30) 24½–25½ 30 (32½)
12 56–58 30 (31½) 25–26½ 32 (33½)
14 58½–61 31–32 (33) 26–27 (28) 34 (35)
16 61–62½ 32½–33½ 27–28 (29½) 36–36½
18 63–65 34 28–29 37
20 66–67½ 35½ 30  
Girls Half (Plus) Sizes
size
height
(inches)
chest
(inches)
waist
(inches)
hip
(inches)
50–51 28½–32 25½–27½ (28½) ? (35)
52–53 30–33 26½–28½ (29½) ? (36)
10½ 54–55 31½–34 (25) 27½–29½ (30½) 33 (37)
12½ 56–57½ 33–35½ (26) 29–31 (32) 34½ (38½)
14½ 58½–60 34½–37 (27) 30½–32½ (33½) 36½ (40)
16½ 61–62½ 36–38½ (28) 32–34 (35½) 38½ (41½)
18½ 63–65 37½–40 (29½) 33½–35½ (36½) 41 (43)
20½ 66–67½ 39 (31) 35–37 43
22½ 68–70      

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