At a Glance
- Kids’ clothing sizes in the USA and Europe are different from Asian countries – and there is not a unified “Asian” sizing scale. Asian sizes are measured in centimeters, but larger sizes may not be available.
- Asian countries do not have official sizing guidelines, that’s why sizes vary from different manufacturers. The conversion charts we are providing in this article are made accurate as possible. The tables should only serve as an indication or guide.
- The best way to find the best fit for your child is to take accurate measurements of his (1) chest, (2) waist, (3) hip, and more. Record these measurements in inches and centimeters and then use our Asian Children Size Chart below for an easy comparison between international sizing standards.
Asian Children Size Chart
The best way is to measure your child properly and then compare it with the respective Asian Children Size Chart below. Keep in mind that these are general sizes and each manufacturer tends to have a slight difference in their sizing standards. Also, some larger sizes might not be available in Asian sizes. Other clothing sizes for kids you can find here.
Children’s Clothing Size Conversion Chart (General)
Asian Children Shirts/Jackets Size Chart
|US Size||Japan Size||Waist||Bust||Shirt Length||Sleeve Length
Asian Children Dresses Size Chart
|Size US||Japan Size||Waist||Bust||Skirt Length
Asian Children Pants/Jeans Size Chart
|120 to 130 cm
(47 to 51 in)
|130 to 140 cm
(51 to 55 in)
|140 to 150 cm
(55 to 59 in)
|140 to 150 cm
(55 to 59 in)
How to Take Your Child’s Measurements
They key to finding the best fit is by being accurate. Make sure to take your child’s measurements so that you can easily compare them to different brand size charts. With your pen, paper and tape measure ready, take the following measurements.
Have your child stand up straight, with feet close together.
- Chest – With your child’s arms relaxed, measure around the fullest part of the chest.
- Waist – Wrap the tape measure around the smallest part of the waist. Keep the tape slightly loose to allow for some breathing room.
- Hips – Measure at the fullest part of the hips.
Tips for Finding the Right Size
#1. Take note of sizing. This can never be emphasized enough. Taking a little time and effort to be mindful of sizing is key to smart shopping. In this case, it is even more important as Asian sizes tend to run smaller than US sizes. It is safe to assume that a size medium in Asian size is actually a size small by US standards. Keep this in mind when buying clothes for your child, who is still growing.
#2. Sizes vary from shop to shop so make sure to check their individual size guides. Especially when shopping online, you should check if a particular brand has its own size charts. Measurements and sizing standards may vary to suit every manufacturer, so don’t just rely on general sizes.
#3. Figure out your child’s US size for easier comparison. As a general rule, you’ll have to determine your kid’s US size as this is the one frequently used by many international brands. Once you have this, everything else will just be an easy comparison to various international sizing standards.
What to Know About Different Asian Kids Sizes
Kids Sizes Japan
Children’s sizes in Japan are usually labelled by the height of the child in centimeters (cm). A size 60 for example would be a child that is 60cm tall or up to 3 months in age, a size 70 is an infant up to 6 months, size 80 is up to one year old and size 90 is usually for kids up to two years. It is still necessary though to measure your child depending on the height, weight, and chest size.
Kids Sizes Korea
Children’s clothing in Korea is sized much differently than the way it is measured in the US. For infants for example, sizing chart begins at size 50, which is for a child the age of 0 to 3 months. Sizes increase in intervals of 10. Size 60 is for ages 3 to 6 months; 70 is for ages 6 to 9 months; 80 is for ages 9 to 12 months; 90 is for ages 12 to 18 months, and 100 is for ages 18 to 24 months. For toddler clothing in Korean sizes, the sizes continue in the same way infant sizes with increases, through 10s. The easier way to do it is to estimate that each year, your child’s size will go up by one. Children age 2 to 3 years old has an average size of 100; age between 3 and 4’s average 110; ages 4 to 5 use size 120; ages 5 to 6 average size 130; 6 to 7 take a 140; 7 to 8 wear a 150 and 8 to 10 average size 160.
Kids Sizes China
The clothes sizing system in China can be quite confusing. They use a variety of systems depending on the item, as well as whether the clothing is intended for domestic use or export. The sizes of children’s clothes are usually labelled XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, etc but there are also companies that label the children’s sizes by year, like 1Y, 2Y, 3Y, 4Y, etc; and also by height (with cm or without it), like 80cm, 90cm, 100cm, 110cm; and others also go with numbers like 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
Chinese sizes also run smaller than counterparts. A Chinese “large” for example is typically smaller than an American small. For Americans, add 2 to 3 sizes up for the adjusted size.
Kids Sizes Vietnam
Vietnam is a booming textile hub in Asia, and although many international brands have manufacturing factories there, it is hard to determine what measurement locals use for their kids clothing. Note that the Vietnamese people, even kids in general are tiny. Their clothing markets seem to be mainly for locals so it is best to try on the clothes before buying, but if you have to buy online, always opt for the bigger size.
Kids Sizes Malaysia
Malaysia uses age as main guide for kids size. But your child’s height (in centimeters) is also important to know exactly which size to buy from a Malaysian brand or if you need a smaller size or one size up.
Kids Sizes India
The standard size chart for Indian apparel is mostly based on the length of the skirt/pants. Sizes still varies by style and company. Please make sure to order appropriate size based on your child’s measurement and if uncertain, it may be better to order one size up.
Asian Kids Shoe Size Chart
Children’s shoe sizes vary greatly by country. The US and UK sizes for kids shoes are off from one another by a half-size and Europe and Japan use an entirely different system to measure shoe sizes. Keep in mind that if you have children who are almost fully grown, the children’s shoe sizes only go up to 13, just a half size before entering adult shoe sizing of 1 to 2. Use the charts below as guide to convert US, UK kids shoes to Asian sizes.
Asian Kids Shoe Sizes
|JAPAN||UK||US||EU||Inner Length||Shoes Width
Tips for Finding the Right Size
- Take note of the sizing. This can never be emphasized enough. Taking a little time and effort to be mindful of sizing is key to smart shopping. In this case, it is even more important as Asian sizes tend to run smaller than US sizes. It is safe to assume that a size medium in Asian size is actually a size smaller compared to the US standards. Keep this in mind when buying clothes for your child, while considering that your child is still growing.
- Sizes vary from shop to shop so make sure to check their individual size guides. Especially when shopping online, you should check if a particular brand has its own size charts. Measurements and sizing standards may vary to suit every manufacturer, so don’t just rely on general sizes.
- Figure out your child’s US size for easier comparison. As a general rule, you’ll have to determine your kid’s US size as this is the one frequently used by many international brands. Once you have this, everything else will just be an easy comparison to various international sizing standards.
As a reminder, remember that there is no universal standard size system placed on clothing. Therefore, we recommend that you make use of this guide and remember the tricks and pieces of information you have learned here. And while we strive to give you the most accurate data, the information provided above is only a general overview. Your job is to do your additional bit by being vigilant about finding the right size for your kid. Now go ahead and start buying some cute Asian-inspired outfits your kid will surely love!