Let’s be honest here, parent to parent…shopping for your child can sometimes be an absolute nightmare because of how the sizing works. I can’t even count how many times I’ve come home with the wrong size for my children.
Seriously, who decides these things! Depending on what size your child wears and how you like their clothes to fit, it can sometimes be a shot in the dark.
And don’t get me started at how fast your little ones will grow within a month! Today I’m going to break down the difference between 6 and 6x, so you guys don’t make the same mistakes as I did! Let’s get started, shall we?
What Is the Difference Between 6 and 6x?
When it comes to any size, the difference between 6 and 6x, or 2 and 2x, etc., basically comes down to the length, height, and waist.
To put it another way, a 6x is there perfect sizing for your child who can’t fit in between a size 6 or 7. It also means that the shirt or pants’ length is going to be slightly longer and slightly wider than the size below it.
According to my research, aka good ol’ Google, size X exists because many children begin to hit their growth spurt at this age, especially girls.
This is why the size of X was created! I found it super interesting that boys’ clothes don’t actually come in a 6x, mainly because they have different growth patterns than girls! It all comes down to science, ladies, and gentlemen!
Is a Size 6x the Same as a Size 7?
This question is more tailored to where you live and what store you are buying from. If you’re shopping in-store, then I suggest having your child try on the clothing before leaving just, so you don’t have to make a return.
When buying online, a great tool that I use is always to look at the sizing charts that the online store provides and base your decision on what it says. If you have a measuring tape handy, this also helps!
Worst comes to worst, if the clothing is too small or too big, you can always make the return.
You just might have to wait a while for the right size to come, so make sure you aren’t ordering any clothes online for any type of special occasion just to play it safe!
If you are in the store and you’re unable to figure out what size your child is when you are in the actual store shopping from them because the change room is closed, make sure to ask the employees of the store, because chances are they know what they are talking about and can steer you in the right direction of finding the perfect sizing for your little ones!
I also recommend that you buy the clothing so that it is slightly oversized on your child.
And no, I don’t mean that they are swimming in their clothes, I mean that they are first of all, able to breathe in what they are wearing, but also that they can grow slightly into pieces themselves without having to re-buy clothes every month!
Take this advantage if you have girls because, as I said, their growth spurts tend to happen way quicker than boys.
We all remember elementary school and middle school, don’t we? Yikes. Anyways, if you can take advantage of that X sizing, then you definitely should!
Pay Attention to the Type of Fabric
Another essential factor to consider when you are buying clothes for your children is to look at the type of fabric that the clothes are made of and factor in how likely the pieces are to shrink once you put them in the wash.
I have had to learn this the hard way, not only for my children’s clothing but also for myself, multiple times!
Not to mention that cleaning a cotton shirt is way easier than cleaning silk or wool after your child spills their juice box and pasta sauce all over themselves for the third time in one meal!
I think any parent can agree that cotton is probably one of the better options you can choose when it comes to your child’s clothing choice. Kids are messy. It’s a part of life!
Every time I take my eyes off them for a second, I swear a new stain appears from the last time that I saw them! It’s never-ending. But that’s the great thing about being a kid, isn’t it?
My Final Thoughts
Buying clothes every month or every couple of months is an inevitable part of being a parent. With these tips and knowledge, you should be able to make a sound decision when it comes to your shopping spree!
Shopping for children’s clothing can be fun, especially when they begin to find their own style and have more say in what they are wearing.
Just make sure to keep in mind how they are growing and how long you think they will last in the clothing until you are left buying something new for them!
Just remember to take into account where you are purchasing the clothing from and always check the tag to see what the clothing is made of so you don’t spend hours trying to get a stain out of a shirt that you know if probably going to have to be disposed of after you’ve just purchased it!
If you have any other tips on how to tell the difference between a size 6 and 6x, please leave a comment down below!
You guys know that I love to hear from your guys all the time, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time!