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 Woman’s Guide to Indian Clothing to help those of you like myself that want to 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 ten 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 the 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
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
Below is what girl’s Salwar Kameez looks like. The pants for the Salwar Kameez suit is traditionally a drawstring or half elastic with a zipper and hooks. This Salwar Kameez is available at Amazon.
Below is what a Girl’s Lehenga looks like. This lehenga is available at Amazon.
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 a wedding.For For boys: the Kurta Pyjama is all-purpose, and it comes with a dupatta (scarf).
For girls: bangles, earrings, and a tika can be worn with an Indian outfit to an event.
These bangles are available at Amazon.
Tika’s are worn on the forehead for decorative purposes. This assortment of Tika’s are available at Amazon.
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