It's hard finding your perfect fit in clothing: in one store you may be a size 6, in another you may be a 2. Unfortunately, there is no uniform sizing system for women. Each manufacturer has a different standard for their sizes. The best way to get a great fit is to know your measurements and consult a U.S. Women's Apparel Size Charts.
In addition to using these general size charts, be sure to consult the manufacturer or retailer size chart to find your accurate size for the different brands. Many online retailers have either live or email customer service to chat with you about sizing and fit.
The following resources will help you find your size using charts for sizes in the ranges of Misses, Junior, Plus, Petite and Tall clothing.
- The Misses range is designated by even sizes, such as 0-20, 4-14, etc. This size range is commonly used for everything from bargain clothing to designer labels. In designer labels, the 00 is the smallest size, while in most moderate or inexpensive clothing the sizes start at a 4 or 6. In contemporary clothing, it's not unusual for the sizes to only go up to an 8 or 10. Also, knitwear is frequently in sizes from XS-XL in misses' sizes. Find your misses size
- Juniors are for younger women and are designated by uneven sizes such as 1-13. The sizes for juniors are usually slimmer in the hips and bust than misses sizes. Junior apparel is often trendier and less expensive than women's apparel and often made to be more fast fashion (in style for just a few seasons. Find your junior size
- Plus sizes are for larger sized women, often designated by a W after the number such as 14W-24W. Some junior lines also come in plus sizes and would be uneven numbers higher than the usual range of 13: 15, 17, etc. In addition, instead of SML, Plus sizes are 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X. Find your plus size
- Petites are sizes in the misses range or plus sizes for women under 5' 4". You will usually see a P after the sizing such as 4P for a size 4 petite or 18WP (for a plus size petite.) Find your petite size
- Tall sizes are also in the misses range for women 5' 9" and over. Find your tall size
- Jean Sizes are often sold by waist sizes such as 25, 26, 28, etc. Some manufacturers offer a choice of either inseam lengths (such as 32, 33, 34) or by height (short, tall, average, etc.) Again, the best way to find your fit in jeans is to know your measurements. But even waist sizes aren't a true indication of how the jeans will fit because skinny, lower-cut waistline jeans will fit much different than a higher-rise jean with a more relaxed leg.