Indian Children's Clothing Guide


 A Non-Indian Parent’s Guide to Indian Children’s Clothing

As an African-American woman married to an Indian man whose parents are originally from Northern India I was clueless about Indian clothing.  And when it came time to meet my husband’s parents for the first time I had to go shopping for my first Indian outfit.  With my husband, then boyfriend as my “wing girl” and after calling for back up from an Indian girlfriend I found a salwar kameez to wear for the occasion. Since that time I created the Non-Indian Girl’s Guide to Indian Clothing to help those of you like myself that want understand what size you wear in ready-made Indian clothing.  This is outside of custom order attire or lehengas in which you have to know or take  your measurements for the blouse.

And now as a Mom to a 2.5 year-old biracial, blindian child I again had no clue about what size salwar kameez or dress to purchase for our  daughter to attend her first Indian wedding at 10 months old.  Since that time I have come to understand the ins and outs of Indian children’s clothing.  Indian children’s clothing is not  similar to U.S or U.K. kids clothing sizes.  Hence, this is a basic guidebook for Moms and Dads that have children that are biracial and/or attend or will be attending an Indian festivity and want to know what size clothing their child should wear for the occasion.

A Non-Indian Mom's Guide to Indian Children's Clothing

Our daughter, Amaya in a salwar kameez at 10 months old.

Indian children’s clothing guide for the Non-Indian Parent’s
Child’s Age          US Clothing Size     UK Clothing Size    Indian Clothing Size
6 months -1 yr            6m-12m          6m-12m                            14
1 year old                      12m-18m              18m                            16
1 -2 year old                 18m-24m            24m                             18
2 – 3 year old                2T-3T                   2-3                             20-21
3 – 4 year old                3T-4-T                 3-4                               22
4 – 5 year old                 5                           4-5                               24
6 – 7 year old                6-7                        5-6                              26-27
7 – 8 year old                7-8                         7-8                               28
8 – 9 year old                9-10                      8-9                               30
9 – 10 year old                10                        9-10                            32-33
10 – 11 year old               11                        10-11                            34
11 -12 year old                12                       11-12                            36
13-14 year old                 14                       13-14                          38-39

The pants for the Salwar Kameez suit is traditionally a drawstring or half elastic with zipper and hooks.
Girl’s Salwar Kameez

Girl’s Lehenga

Boy’s Kurta Pyjama


For Girls: Salwar Kameez are for less formal events like birthday parties while Lehengas are for more formal occasions such as wedding.

For Boys: the Kurta Pyjama is all purpose and  it comes with a dupatta (scarf).


For Girl’s bangles are often worn with an Indian outfit to an event.

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