A mum recently noticed a huge difference when she went to buy her daughters school uniform. After asking our MoM’s their opinion, we discovered this occurs far too often.

The NSW mum of three girls shared, “I went to get my daughter her senior uniform and had to buy 2 sizes bigger than normal. The lady said “OH yes, they have changed the sizing.”

I get the dresses home and compare them to her junior uniform and it is the exact same size. It has me thinking what kind of idiot decided to change sizing on teenage girls dresses to make them think they are 2 sizes bigger?!”

A photo of the comparison between the two uniforms can be seen below. Size 18 on top, size 22 on the bottom. The only real difference seems to be the length of the sleeve and hem.


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So we asked the questions of our MoM’s on Facebook – “Has anyone else had similar issues with their kids uniforms? We would love to hear from others who experienced the same problem,” and got a huge response that we never expected.

It seems to be a common occurrence that many parents are concerned about.

The biggest concern is how it affects our children’s self confidence and that it could even spark eating disorders in some self-conscious kids.

Comments from concerned parents include:

– “Way to encourage eating disorders.”

– “My son wears a boys size 12-14 regular top but his school top is a 16 or a S. So yep and size or 2 bigger than normal. He is 10 and going into grade 5.”

– “Yep exactly …also the cut of most of these uniforms are designed for straight up and down…bad luck if your daughter has curves…”

_ “My daughter is starting kindy and I had to buy size 8.”

– “XL for my son starting high school when he’s a medium.”

– “Yes my 15 year old daughter is a size 12/14 but her school dress is a size 20, she was mortified!!!!”

– “Yes my 10yr old needed a size 14 she was so upset.”

_ “This exact same thing happened to my daughters…. crying in the change rooms believing they had put on weight… the guy comes over and said don’t cry we get them made in china now so the sizing is different!! Yeah great mate…. 3 teenage girls now with self esteem issues cause of the sizing!!!”

– “My 6 year old niece had to get her winter uniform custom made last year for kindergarten/prep as the biggest size the shop had was to small ( biggest size is a 16 my niece usually wears 8-10) the woman from the shop said that they’re now getting their dress made in china.

So we now have a little girl that will always need custom made and is already starting to believe that she “fat”.”

– “Absolutely agree with you about sizes. My Daughter is about to start Prep, yes she is very tall for a 5yr old but to buy size 16 in dresses seriously & that’s the biggest size. So what do we do when she grows?”

– “Same here, does not help when our kids are already self-conscious and with low self esteem.”

– “Yep when I bought my daughter her winter skirts they were apparently a size 20, she was a women’s 12-14. I wasn’t very happy with that.”

-“Yes it makes them think that they’ve put weight on!”

While some suggest to just take the tag off because the clothes are small because they are made in China, it still doesn’t prevent that seed of doubt and low self esteem it can embed in a child’s mind.

Have you been faced with a similar problem trying to purchase a uniform for your child?

Share your comments below.

  • I think clothing in general has sizing issues. We struggle as adults to deal with it, kids shouldn’t have to. How awful is this for kids/teens self esteem.


  • Sizing has always been an issue, I was a size 6 in high school and had to wear a size 10. It’s absolutely appalling that they change these sizes. It gives kids such a HUGE issue with self esteem. I’m 27 now and I still struggle with weight problems because of the number on clothes, some I can fit an 8 others I fit a 14! It’s stupid.


  • Sizing has always been a problem ranging from tiny size 10 to a normal size 10. In schools however they need to keep it the same across the board. We have enough problems with body images without adding more!


  • Sounds so crazy why is it like that


  • How awful. I was insecure at school don’t want my kids to go through the same


  • I’ve never been able to understand why the sizing isn’t the same everywhere. To solve the problem why can’t they be made in Australia? I know it’s cheaper to buy from overseas but they don’t have the same quality that Australia has.


  • I remember when my kids started school, they had uniforms you could purchase from the office made by a local lady. I found these were a lot smaller then the ones you could buy from BigW or Best and Less. I always found Best and Less had the best quality school clothes for the most economical price. I rarely bought from the school, unless it was something branded with the school logo, you can’t get them in shops.


  • I have noticed that a size 12 in girls clothing is small then a size 12 in womens. She needed a size 16 in girls because the armholes and width were considerably smaller. School uniforms are the same. I wonder if boys and mens is the same problem


  • Thats really bad to have th sizing so mucky sizes bigger than what a child or teenager would normally wear.
    Our school is the opposite – we recently had a change in the style of sport uniform, the old ones were fairly normally sized (if your kid wears a size 6 outside of school they got the size 6 shorts, shirt, etc). The new uniforms are riduculously oversized. My youngest daughter normally wears a size 6 in long pants and jackets – she needs the size 2 in them in the new uniforms! She actually fits the size 0 – the smallest size now, which is about 4 sizes too big for our youngest kids at the school, the 4 year old kindy kids! I saw a friend of my daughter wearing her new size 6 jacket and honestly thought she had borrowed her big sister who is in high schools jacket!


  • all clothing sizes need to be standardised, sick of having to try everything on before i buy it


  • It happens all over the clothing business not just school uniforms. It drives me nuts when looking for clothes


  • Uniforms have always been undersized. I reckon they do it so you buy more!


  • But I do remember when I was in high school and my uniforms were larger numbers than I usually wore. I was already very sensitive over my weight and it led to binging and purging so I could fit into the number I wanted. It was terrible and I was definitely not overweight back then!! This can cause so many deep issues with impressionable school kids. Very dangerous having sizes so wrong making these kids think they are bigger than they are


  • Nope. My kids uniform shop sizes seemed big for their sizing if anything.
    I actually couldn’t even buy my sons prep shorts from the school as they don’t come small enough. He is a size1-2 in shorts and their smallest was a size 4!! I had to get plain similar shorts from best and less in a 3 (smallest they come) and see them in 3cm still in the waist!!
    His twin, my daughter is wearing a size 2 shirt (usually wears a 3-4), and her dress is a 4 and is swimming on her!!
    They need to make smaller sizes too if they are having kids starting prep younger. (4yrs turning 5!)


  • Luckily I haven’t had that problem our uniforms are from Lowes and they tend to run on the bigger side. My eldest daughter normally wears a size 10 shirt, her school one is an 8 and still has room. She actually said to me this morning is this the next size up shirt cos it’s so baggy!? (It’s not baggy at all but not wearing a polo for 6 weeks compared to tighter fitting clothes during the holidays it feels different so I have the opposite problem atm. Next year highschool so see how we go then!!)


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