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Size Guide

Children's Clothing

All our clothing is manufactured using European sizes. These correspond to the child's current height in cm, with room for growth built in. We have translated these sizes into approximate age ranges, again referring to the age of the child at the time of purchase. A 1-year-old is on average 80 cm tall, a 2-year-old 92 cm, 3 years = 98 cm, 4 years = 104 cm and so on.

Didriksons: this brand is generally generously sized, with plenty of room for growth built in. In our experience, a size 90 cm will be very big on a child below 87 cm, and will last until the child is at least 100 cm tall (ca 3.5-4 years old). A size 100 cm ("3-4 years") would generally be recommended to purchase for most 3-year-olds and some 4-year-olds. Size 110 cm ("4-5") is recommended fo taller than average 4-year-olds and most 5-year-olds, and is designed to last until the child is 120 cm tall (almost 7 years old).

We do not recommend "sizing up" (for example purchasing size "7-8" for a tall 5-year old, even if they wear this size in UK brands). Even size "6-7" will be very big on most 5-year-olds. Similarly, we would recommend purchasing size 130 cm ("7-8 years") for a 9-year-old who is 133 cm tall as size 140 cm will usually be too big unless the wearer is over 135 cm (and even then some customers choose to round down, while others like the extra room for growth).

Look out for the nifty "extend size" feature in many coats, snowsuits etc, which enables you to lengthen the sleeves and legs by an entire size as the child grows!

Skogstad: we find that this brand comes up a bit narrower than Didriksons, and as such you may need to size on the large side, ordering age 9 or even 10 years for a broader 8-year-old for example. However for a child of slim build we generally recommend ordering the size that corresponds most closely to the wearer's current height.

Reima: we find that this brand generally comes up true to size, so advise going by the current height of the child, rounding to the closest available size.

Elka: like Didriksons this brand is fairly generously sized so we don't generally recommend sizing up, but to purchase the size that corresponds most closely to the child's age and height at the time of purchase.

Ladies' Clothing

Firstly, please note that there is no agreed standard conversion from European to UK sizes; you will find an array of conversions which differ between countries, stores and brands. We here at Vikingkids agree with the conversions traditionally used by several major British high street retailers, and which is also broadly speaking the most correct one for Northern European clothing in our own experience (several of our team have backgrounds from Sweden, Germany and Poland):

EU size
UK size
34
6
36
8
38
10
40
12
42
14
44
16
46
18

Please note: when comparing sizes between retailers, please make sure to always go by the European size as this is how the clothes are manufactured, and this is what will be written on the label inside the garment. The UK conversion is an approximation.

Didriksons: we find that this brand generally comes up generously sized - sometimes by a whole size. This has led to a great amount of confusion, with several UK retailers (and as a result, Didriksons themselves) choosing to convert sizes differently, calling a size 36 a "UK 10" etc. However, we have decided against doing the same for several reasons:

a) we sell internationally and these coats are equally generously sized in European sizing, ie a 36 is often more like a 38 in other brands
b) this clashes with other brands that we sell, such as Skogstad, who label a 36 a UK 8
c) it isn't true across the board, as some coats come up smaller - and it also depends on the wearer's individual shape and preference.

We find that Didriksons' own size chart generally comes up generous and allows for plenty of room for layering underneath, so many of our customers (in particular those in the UK) choose to size on the small side. Of course this also depends on the shape of the individual coat and of the wearer, and so this chart is by no means set in stone and we cannot guarantee that it will always be correct. Didriksons' own recommendations (shown in cm) are:

EU size
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
Chest
78-81
82-85
86-89
90-93
94-97
98-101
102-106
Waist
62-66
67-69
70-73
74-77
78-81
82-85
86-91
Seat
88-91
92-95
96-98
99-101
102-104
105-107
108-111
Inseam
77
78
79
80
81
82
83

In our personal experience, we usually find ourselves sizing down slightly from our usual sizes in these coats.

Skogstad: we find that this brand generally comes up pretty true to size. Skogstad label their clothing in both European and UK sizes. Their size chart is as follows:

EU size
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
UK size
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
Chest
78-84
84-91
91-98
98-107
107-117
117-128
128-139
Waist
62-68
68-75
75-82
82-91
91-103
103-116
116-129
Inseam
74-77
76-79
78-81
80-83
82-84
83-85
83-85

Again, we can't guarantee that this chart is correct for everyone, but in our own experience we would generally wear our typical UK and European sizes in Skogstad's range.

We hope this helps!


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