How to measure a child to buy a dress online

Children grow at a very fast pace and therefore it is important that as a parent we know the child’s measurement.  Even though most of the online stores will indicate the age in the label of the dress which is accurate according to the International Standards, we parents know too well that our child may not have the same standard height and weight. Also bear in mind that the measurements may vary according to design or style by the same manufacturer.

Buying online does not give us the opportunity to try the dress on the child before purchasing. In order to avoid the extra hassle of returning the parcel, should there be an issue with the right size, it is useful to know how to measure the child for the perfect dress. Needless to say, it would be useful if the online shop provides more information about the measurement  of the dresses than just the dress. They do generally give the opportunity to ask questions or give details in one of their web pages.

All we need is a measuring tape. You have to measure the following which is also clearly explained in this video

  • Chest  – measurement under the arms, at the fullest part around the chest
  • Waist  – measurement around the waistline
  • Hem Length  – measurement of the length where the hem will fall
  • Hips  – measurement at the fullest part around the bottom
  • Inseam  – measurement along the inseam from crotch to bottom of leg hem
  • Torso  – measurement from the neck at highest point of the shoulder down over chest through the crotch

And also

  • Height – measurement from the top of their head to the ground. Your child should not wear shoes and the feet should be together and be flat on the floor.
  • Neck – measurement around the neck, where the collar is.


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