Schoolwear buying guide

Shopping for school uniform can become a bit of a headache, especially if you've small children with you. It needn't be, however. The secret lies in the preparation. We've put this guide together to help you get the most out of buying schoolwear, whether it's online or in our shops. Watch videos about measuring up for schoolwear, and see our schoolwear here.

Choosing school clothes

  • Measure your child beforehand, using the measuring chart below.
  • Remember to bring a list of all the school's requirements with you (or follow the list in this guide).
  • Choose machine washable, minimum-iron clothes and good quality fabrics, so that clothes last longer and are easy to launder.
  • Allow for growth - when you're buying shirts, make sure you can fit two fingers inside the fastened collar.
  • Buy 3 - 5 blouses or shirts, depending on how often you do the washing during the week.
  • Choose simple styles with easy fastenings for younger children.
  • Order name tapes well in advance, so you'll have time to sew them on before the beginning of term.
  • Don't leave things till the last minute, particularly if you think you may need clothes altered or made to order.
  • Good quality school clothes will give you years of wear and can often be handed on to a younger brother or sister, so don't economise on quality.
  • Ask for advice. Our expert staff will be happy to talk to you about a child's individual needs.

Choosing school shoes

  • Take advantage of the trained experts in our children's shoe departments, who will make sure shoes offer the correct support and have room for growth.
  • Choose easy-to-fasten shoes for younger children.
  • Pick leather uppers to allow growing feet to breathe.

Shoe size conversion chart

Continental

UK

19

3

 

3.5

20

4

 

4.5

21

5

22

5.5

 

6

23

6.5

24

7

25

7.5

26

8

 

8.5

27

9

 

9.5

28

10

 

10.5

29

11

 

11.5


Continental

UK

30

12

31

12.5

32

13

 

13.5

33

1

 

1.5

34

2

35

2.5

36

3

 

3.5

37

4

 

4.5

38

5

 

5.5

39

6

 

6.5

40

7

Measuring guidelines

Boys schoolwear sizing guide
Girls schoolwear sizing guide

Height

Measure from the top of the head down to the ground - ensuring the child is barefoot and has his or her heels together and feet flat on the floor.

Chest

Take the tape through the arms and around the fullest part
of the chest.

Waist

Place the tape measure around the natural waistline, taking care not to pull it too tightly.

Hips

Place the tape measure around the fullest part of the bottom.

Inside leg

Measure with shoes on, to approximately 5cm above the ground.

Collar

Place the tape measure around the base of the neck where the collar usually sits, again taking care not to pull the tape too tightly as it is important to have a little extra room around the neck.

Watch a video about measuring for girls here 

Watch a video about measuring for boys here

Size table


These sizes are approximate and may vary between styles

Age Boys: Chest Size  Height Collar size Waist size  Inside leg measurements
Regular Long
3 53.5cm 98cm 31.5cm 51cm 42.5cm 47.5cm
4 55.5cm 104cm 32cm 52cm 45.5cm 50.5cm
5 58.5cm 110cm 33cm 54.5cm 48.5cm 53.5cm
6 60cm 116cm 34cm 55.5cm 52cm 57cm
7 62cm 122cm 34.5cm 56.5cm 55.5cm 60.5cm
8 64cm 128cm 35cm 58cm 59cm 64cm
9 66.5cm 134cm 35.5cm 60cm 62.5cm 67.5cm
10 69cm 140cm 36cm 62cm 66cm 71cm
11 73.5cm 146cm 37cm 64.5cm 69.5cm 74.5cm
12 78.5cm 152cm 38cm 67cm 73cm 78cm
13 83.5cm 158cm 39cm 69.5cm 76cm 81cm
14 86cm 164cm 40cm 74cm 79cm 84cm
15 90cm 170cm 41cm 77cm 81cm 86cm
16 94cm 176cm 42cm 77cm 84cm 89cm
16+ 98cm 184cm 16"/45cm 82cm 87cm 892cm
16.5"/46cm


These sizes are approximate and may vary between styles

Age Girls: Chest Size Waist size  Inside leg measurements Height Conversions for dresses and tunics
Height  Chest 
3 53.5cm 51cm 42.5cm 98cm 53.5cm
4 55.5cm 52cm 45.5cm 104cm 55.5cm
5 56cm 52cm 50cm 110cm 56cm
6 58cm 53cm 53cm 116cm 58cm
7 60cm 54cm 56.5cm 122cm 60cm
8 62cm 55cm 60cm 128cm 62cm
9 65cm 57cm 63.5cm 134cm 65cm
10 68cm 59cm 67cm 140cm 68cm
11 73cm 61cm 70.5cm 146cm 73cm
12 78cm 63cm 73cm 152cm 78cm
13 83cm 65cm 75.5cm 158cm 83cm
14 88cm 67cm 78cm 164cm 88cm
15 93cm 69cm 78cm 170cm 93cm
16 98cm 71cm 78cm 176cm 98cm
16+ 103cm 75cm 78cm 182cm 103cm