School uniform buying guide

The secret to successful school uniform shopping is preparation. To make the experience as smooth and as easy as possible, we've put this guide together to help you navigate sizing and to give you a steer on how many shirts, skirts and trousers you need to buy. 

Take a look at our school uniform checklist that you can print off and keep with you.

Choosing school clothes

  • Measure your child beforehand, then use the measuring chart below to know which clothing size they are
  • Remember to have a list of the school's requirements to hand, our school uniform checklist may come in handy
  • Allow for growth - when you're buying shirts, make sure you can fit two fingers inside the fastened collar
  • 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 it too late, 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
  • If you need school-specific uniform in a bespoke size, we'll be happy to order it for you. Please visit the John Lewis that's allocated to your school and ask a Partner for more details about our Special Measure service. Remember to leave plenty of time before term begins; orders can take up to 14 weeks to complete
  • Ask for advice. Our Partners will be happy to help you

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.

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 / 21in 98cm / 38.5in 30.5cm / 12in 51cm / 20in 42.5cm / 16.75in 47.5cm / 18.75in
4 55.5cm / 22in 104cm / 41in 31cm / 12in 52cm / 20.5in 45.5cm / 18in 50.5cm / 19.75in
5 58.5cm / 23in 110cm / 43.25in 31.5cm / 12.5in 54.5cm / 21.5in 48.5cm / 19in 53.5cm / 21in
6 60cm / 23.5in 116cm / 45.5in 32.5cm / 12.75in 55.5cm / 21.75in 52cm / 20.5in 57cm / 22.5in
7 62cm / 24.5in 122cm / 48in 33cm / 13in 56.5cm / 22.75in 55.5cm / 21.75in 60.5cm / 23.75in
8 64cm / 25in 128cm / 50.5in 33.5cm / 13in 58cm / 23in 59cm / 23.25in 64cm / 25in
9 66.5cm / 26in 134cm / 52.75in 34cm / 13.25in 60cm / 23.5in 62.5cm / 24.5in 67.5cm / 26.5in
10 69cm / 27in 140cm / 55in 35cm / 13.25in 62cm / 24.5in 66cm / 26in 71cm / 28in
11 73.5cm / 29in 146cm / 57.5in 36cm / 13.75in 64.5cm / 25.25in 69.5cm / 27.25in 74.5cm / 29.75in
12 78.5cm / 31in 152cm / 60in 37cm / 14in 67cm / 26.25in 73cm / 28.75in 78cm / 30.75in
13 83.5cm / 33in 158cm / 62in 38cm / 14.5in 69.5cm / 27.25in 76cm / 30in 81cm / 31.75in
14 86cm / 34in 164cm / 64.5in 40cm / 15in 74cm / 29in 79cm / 31in 84cm / 33in
15 90cm / 35.5in 170cm / 67in 40cm / 15.25in 77cm / 30.25in 81cm / 31.75in 86cm / 33.75in
16 94cm / 37in 176cm / 69.25in 41cm / 15.75in 77cm / 30.25in 84cm / 33in 89cm / 35in
16+ 98cm / 38.5in 184cm / 72.5in 45cm / 16in 82cm / 32.25in 87cm / 34.75in 92cm / 36.25in


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 / 21in 51cm / 20in 42.5cm / 16.5in 98cm / 38.5in 53.5cm / 21in
4 55.5cm / 21.75in 52cm / 20.5in 45.5cm / 18in 104cm / 41in 55.5cm / 21.75in
5 56cm / 22in 52cm / 20.5in 50cm / 19.5in 110cm / 43.25in 56cm / 22in
6 58cm / 22.75in 53cm / 21in 53cm / 20.75in 116cm 45.5in 58cm / 22.75in
7 60cm / 23.5in 54cm / 21.25in 56.5cm / 22.25in 122cm / 48in 60cm / 23.5in
8 62cm / 24.5in 55cm / 21.5in 60cm / 23.5in 128cm / 50.5in 62cm / 24.5in
9 65cm / 25.5in 57cm / 22.5in 63.5cm / 25in 134cm / 52.75in 65cm / 25.5in
10 68cm / 26.75in 59cm / 23.25in 67cm / 26.25in 140cm / 55in 68cm / 26.75in
11 73cm / 28.75in 61cm / 24in 70.5cm / 27.75in 146cm / 57.5in 73cm / 28.75in
12 78cm / 30.75in 63cm / 25in 73cm / 28.75in 152cm / 60in 78cm / 30.75in
13 83cm / 32.5in 65cm / 25.5in 75.5cm / 29.75in 158cm / 62in 83cm / 32.5in
14 88cm / 34.5in 67cm / 26.25in 78cm / 30.75in 164cm / 64.5in 88cm / 34.5in
15 93cm / 36.5in 69cm / 27in 78cm / 30.75in 170cm / 67in 93cm / 36.5in
16 98cm / 38.5in 71cm / 28in 78cm / 30.75in 176cm / 69.25in 98cm / 38.5in
16+ 103cm / 40.5in 75cm / 29.5in 78cm / 30.75in 182cm / 71.5in

103cm / 40.5in

 


Size chart for Generous Fit range
These sizes are approximate and may vary between styles

Age Boys: Chest Size  Height Waist size  Inside leg measurements
Regular Long
3 55.5cm / 22in 98cm / 38.5in 52cm / 20.5in 45.5cm / 18in 47.5cm / 18.75in
4 58.5cm / 23in 104cm / 41in 54.5cm / 21.5in 48.5cm / 19in 50.5cm / 19.75in
5 60cm / 23.5in 110cm / 43.25in 55.5cm / 21.75in 52cm / 20.5in 53.5cm / 21in
6 62cm / 24.5in 116cm / 45.5in 56.5cm / 22.75in 55.5cm / 21.75in 57cm / 22.5in
7 64cm / 25in 122cm / 48in 58cm / 23in 59cm / 23.25in 60.5cm / 23.75in
8 66.5cm / 26in 128cm / 50.5in 60cm / 23.5in 62.5cm / 24.5in 64cm / 25in
9 69cm / 27in 134cm / 52.75in 62cm / 24.5in 66cm / 26in 67.5cm / 26.5in
10 73.5cm / 29in 140cm / 55in 64.5cm / 25.25in 69.5cm / 27.25in 71cm / 28in
11 78.5cm / 31in 146cm / 57.5in 67cm / 26.25in 73cm / 28.75in 74.5cm / 29.75in
12 83.5cm / 33in 152cm / 60in 69.5cm / 27.25in 76cm / 30in 78cm / 30.75in