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.
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
Boy’s Kurta Pyjama
WHEN TO WEAR WHAT
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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