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Sizing Guidelines and Chart for Leotards


Here are a few tips to help you and your members with leotard sizing.
Particular attention needs to be given when ordering lined leotards.

Please note that our sizing chart and recommendations are a guide only and will address the majority of sizing situations. If sizing advice is required, our staff are more than happy to assist:

The leotards in the tryon boxes and in our store should be used primarily as a guide for style choice NOT size. Due to the large number of people trying them on, they become significantly stretched

The new ordered leotards will be a firmer fit than the tryon leotards. In addition, matt lycra is slightly firmer than shiny lycra.

The cut of the leotard also affects the fit. For example, a style with thin straps will be less restrictive than a style with more fabric around the arm and shoulder. 

When a leotard is lined, the stretch is reduced by approximately 2/3 in both directions as compared to an unlined leotard.

The body girth measurement is the most important measurement to determine your size, particularly with lined leotards.  See below for instructions on how to take this measurement.

Size recommendation for unlined leotards:

if measurements fall comfortably within a size range then that size would be appropriate Note: allowance      needs to be made if sewing in a body stocking.

if measurements fall in the top end of a size range, then we recommend going up a size.

Size recommendation for lined leotards:


f measurements fall in the lower end of a size range, then that size would be appropriate. 

if measurements fall in the mid to top end of a size range, then we recommend going up a size.

For both types of leotards, if the body girth measurement falls into a higher size range than your other measurements, ie. you have a long torso, then the higher size would be recommended.  For example, if the bust, waist and hip measurements are at the higher end of a Child 8, but the girth measurement falls into the Child 12 range, then a Child 12 leotard would be recommended.

Likewise, if the body girth measurement falls into one size, but the bust, waist and hip measurements fall into a larger size than the girth measurement, then the larger size should be ordered.

Allow for possible growth.  You may want to go up a size for children who are still growing and whose measurements fall towards the end of a size range.

Remember - a leotard that is slightly too large can be adjusted, but a leotard that is too small cannot! 

How to Take the Girth Measurement:

The girth measurement is taken by beginning at the centre of the right shoulder and extending the tape measure over the bust, down through the crotch and up back to the starting point.


(measurements in CM)

CHILD C02 C04 C06 C08 C10 C12 L8 - L16
BUST 50-52 53-56 57-60 61-64 65-71 72-79

Refer to

WAIST 44-47 48-52 53-55 53-58 59-62 62-64
HIP 52-55 57-61 62-66 67-71 72-76 77-88
GIRTH 86-92 93-100 101-107 108-115 116-124 125-135

ADULT L8 L10 L12 L14 L16 L18 L20
BUST 80-85 86-90 91-95 96-100 102-109 110-111 112
WAIST 64-65 65-70 70-74 76-84 85-89 90-94 95
HIP 90-93 94-97 97-100 101-104 108-111 112-120 122
GIRTH 136-142 143-150 151-157 158-164 170-174 175-179 180