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#1 PoolsideMasterchef

Posted 12 December 2019 - 11:56 AM

How do people find the different sizings between womens and girls / mens and boys clothing. What age did your kids change over?

If it were age appropriate, say surfie or sporting brand, could a size 10 girl wear size 8 womens, for example, or would there be too much loose fabric around the boob area?

#2 Kreme

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:02 PM

My DD has pretty much transitioned into adult sizes this year, age 13. She can still fit into kids size 12-14 and wears a 4-6 ladies or XXS-XS. It really depends on the brand so it’s trial and error.

We were in the UK this year and several of the kids brands had teen sections which was great as the size and styles were appropriate for her age group.

#3 hills mum bec

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:03 PM

A size 8 ladies is generally a size 16 girls I have found but with a different type of fit.  Kids clothes generally don't have any shaping for the bust area.  Any ladies clothes will be far too big for a child wearing a kids size 10.

#4 seayork2002

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:03 PM

DS12

is in mens 7 shoes now

size 14 tops in kids and 12 shorts/pants

But underwear is a mystery to me he is at the top of the kids range 12/14 and I think wiill need some more underpants now but the small mens starts quite a few cms more than that

There is nothing in between (at Target/Big W etc)

and DH is in M of mens sizes so we are trying to work out a way (colour code them) for them to have all mens wear and not mix them up

#5 dadwasathome

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:05 PM

DS12onSunday has transitioned over the last year or so, starting with XS mens t-shirts (now S) and 28" pants. It seems that XS mens is around size 14/16 boys.

#6 Treasure Island

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:06 PM

I have boys here and when my oldest started needing size 16 (at 14) I found there wasn't much around so started buying small mens which are a little bit bigger than 16 boys. He is now almost out of the 16s in time for his 16th birthday lol even though he is just average size the child sizes seem quite small.

Edited by Treasure Island, 12 December 2019 - 12:10 PM.


#7 Treasure Island

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:10 PM

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and DH is in M of mens sizes so we are trying to work out a way (colour code them) for them to have all mens wear and not mix them up




I initial the tags for my younger 2 as they overlap as well. Also try to theme/colour as well.

#8 hills mum bec

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:14 PM

View Postseayork2002, on 12 December 2019 - 12:03 PM, said:

DS12

is in mens 7 shoes now

size 14 tops in kids and 12 shorts/pants

But underwear is a mystery to me he is at the top of the kids range 12/14 and I think wiill need some more underpants now but the small mens starts quite a few cms more than that

There is nothing in between (at Target/Big W etc)

and DH is in M of mens sizes so we are trying to work out a way (colour code them) for them to have all mens wear and not mix them up

My DH & DS are the same size.  Clothes are easy to distinguish who's is who as they have different styles.  DH wears mostly black business socks and DS wears white sports socks so that is easy too.  Jocks are the hardest to tell apart so DH wears the Alpha brand from Kmart and DS waers the Jackaroo brand also from Kmart.

#9 dadwasathome

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:21 PM

DS12onSunday is in 14/16 undies. Bonds do that size.

He's currently UK7/US8 in shoes.

He's only slightly taller than a gaggle of his mates, although I suspect starting to shoot up again.

#10 Prancer is coming

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:22 PM

I really struggle with the transition.

My DD at 13 has always been really tall.  She also has really long arms and takes size 10 shoes.

Girls 16 are far too big around the waist for her and anything in smaller sizes are far too short in the legs.  Her arms are too long for anything in long sleeves in the kids range.

in winter we went tracksuit pant shopping.  We went to best and less, Kmart type places and everything in the smallest ladies size (8) was too big for her.  We ended up in bonds with xs feeling too tight and in a small.  This week we have been trying on pyjamas and she likes the size 10s better than the size 8s.  When trying in wetsuits earlier on this year I was told kids 14 was equivalent to a ladies 8, and 16 that of ladies 10.  She needs a size 12 at least in ladies bathers as she is so tall, but then it does not fit that great in other parts as she is not a size 12.  I have not had that much issue with too much gaping in the bust area, and DD certainly is not well developed in that area yet.

Basically, I cannot buy anything on line for her and she needs to try everything on.

#11 Schmig

Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:36 PM

I find the seed teen range pretty good and the styles work well for their changing figures.

#12 lizzzard

Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:12 PM

DD13 likes things loose so even though she’s small (25th percentile) she’s been wearing ladies size 6-8 for about a year. She lives in leggings, T-shirts and over sized hoodies so I think her style makes it easier.

#13 Clementinerose

Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:28 PM

My daughter, 15, finds Size 16 is too wide for her, 14 too short. Her favourite shop is ally girl in a 6. It’s never too big in the bust unlike target 6.

#14 barrington

Posted 12 December 2019 - 07:42 PM

View Posthills mum bec, on 12 December 2019 - 12:03 PM, said:

A size 8 ladies is generally a size 16 girls I have found but with a different type of fit.  Kids clothes generally don't have any shaping for the bust area.  Any ladies clothes will be far too big for a child wearing a kids size 10.
DD13 is a child's size 8/10.  She fits into a ladies xxxs/xxs, particularly fitted crop tops from factorie/supre/glassons etc.   Her wardrobe would be very limited without seed teen.

#15 Hollycoddle

Posted 12 December 2019 - 09:50 PM

I find this really frustrating, funny I should see this thread after I've been shopping today for clothes for my DS!

My eldest is almost 12, not huge but not lean and skinny like he used to be. Nothing in the boys section really fits and in the men's the smallest size is few and far between. It's the worst with shoes, unless you shop for at a specialist shoe or sports store.

#16 ipsee

Posted 12 December 2019 - 09:53 PM

It depends on the styles - ladies armholes on t-shirts are often really open, deeper v necks and dresses are often too grown up looking or have back cut-outs etc.

It can be an awkward phase when the kiddie clothes are way too short, but the adult stuff is too wide and the wrong shape.

#17 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 13 December 2019 - 05:48 AM

DD11 needs a9 or 10 kids for the waist but a 12 or 14 for length.

Some womens 6 pants work, but the tops are just way too big and fall off her shoulders

#18 Daphne27

Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:13 PM

I am an 8 or 10 and fit a target youth 12/14 . I bought a wesuit type top from there the other day.

#19 PrincessPeach

Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:38 PM

View PostDaphne27, on 04 January 2020 - 02:13 PM, said:

I am an 8 or 10 and fit a target youth 12/14 . I bought a wesuit type top from there the other day.

My winter pj shirts are size 16 target girls t-shirts. they are longer in both the arms & body than the size 8/10 womens i usually fit.

#20 Elizabethandfriend

Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:41 PM

My DD is 12, reasonably tall and a swimmer with big shoulders and back muscles.  

She usually wears a size 14 in girls clothing and a XS in women's clothing but size S often fits as well.  Girls size 16 seems to be too big though.

I'm another one who can't make out how underwear sizing works!!

#21 MuffinQueen

Posted 04 January 2020 - 03:34 PM

My 13 year old is now wearing Mens XS boxer shorts.  He went from Boys 14 to Mens XS.

The tshirts sizing is a bit hard though, as Mens XS shirts are way too big and it's not always easy to find Boys 16 in some brands.

#22 BeAwesome

Posted 05 January 2020 - 12:04 PM

My 11 year old DD is typically a girls Size 12 in Pavement, Target and Best n Less.  She now has a preference for teen shops, and has found some things that fit in a XXS / Size 6 womens in City Beach, Jay Jays and Sportsgirl.

#23 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 05 January 2020 - 12:21 PM

I have found it a nightmare for boys and girls. DS finds the top of the kids sizes way too short and the smallest men’s sizes fall off him because they are so wide. Consequently he has very very few clothes. Jeans especially are impossible to buy and we have tried about everywhere.

DD, who is a tiny person all over, doesn’t want to wear ‘kiddie’ type clothes, she wants to buy the same things all her friends buy but they are too wide also.
We buy things in xxs (when they can be found- not very often) and take them to the dry cleaners to have them all adjusted so she can wear them (so adding an extra $20 to everything we buy)

Edited by FearsomeFeralFreak, 05 January 2020 - 12:21 PM.


#24 kerilyntaryn

Posted 05 January 2020 - 12:36 PM

View Postseayork2002, on 12 December 2019 - 12:03 PM, said:

DS12

is in mens 7 shoes now

size 14 tops in kids and 12 shorts/pants

But underwear is a mystery to me he is at the top of the kids range 12/14 and I think wiill need some more underpants now but the small mens starts quite a few cms more than that

There is nothing in between (at Target/Big W etc)

and DH is in M of mens sizes so we are trying to work out a way (colour code them) for them to have all mens wear and not mix them up
I know Kmart has size 14/16 underwear , I thought BIG W did too

Usually size 14 kids is equiv to Ladies 8

usually trial and error with Brands - it would be so much easier if sizing was consistent.

My 19 year old wears kids 16 or xs in mens

#25 livvie7586

Posted 08 January 2020 - 02:35 PM

View PostHollycoddle, on 12 December 2019 - 09:50 PM, said:

I find this really frustrating, funny I should see this thread after I've been shopping today for clothes for my DS!

My eldest is almost 12, not huge but not lean and skinny like he used to be. Nothing in the boys section really fits and in the men's the smallest size is few and far between. It's the worst with shoes, unless you shop for at a specialist shoe or sports store.

I buy DS13 shoes from the womens section.  I was given the advice to try that from a shoe store.  

Men's shoes are wider, and most young teens have narrower feet.  plain women's shoes work perfectly.




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