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.

  • And this is going to be an issue all over again in a month or so.


  • This is horrible. In general, I wish we had universal sizing much like we do with shoes. It really is not that difficult to achieve. I understand we all have different body shapes, but in terms of standard sizing they should all be the same, then you can have differentiation with pants for example, extra long or short etc.


  • I wouldn’t be too phased by it. As an adult, clothes sizes vary for us women from store to store. You get used to it


  • Yes we had this issue too. My daughter is normally a size 8 to 10 and yet her school uniform was size 14.


  • No I haven’t had these issues yet but I’m not surprised if these uniforms are being made in China


  • Yes I have problems when getting school uniforms for my kids, we only have one store in our town that stores them and the sizes are all over the place. I always take my kids with me so they can try them on and get the correct fit.


  • This is so wrong. Children hate to think they are different in the first place. Hope this changes soon.


  • If they are trying to cut costs of the uniforms by buying them from a cheaper distributor, put it in the uniform list so there are no surprises and parents can tell their kids.


  • It’s always the girl sizing changing too, boys have it consistent across the board and a girl can be a small all the way to extra large depending on shop and style. I think it’s atrocious and should be more midstream


  • There is definitely no consistency in uniform sizing.


  • 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


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