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Video:Tips for Determining Women's Sizes

with Kaytie Sproul

Determining women's clothing size can be frustrating. Different clothing designers don't follow standard size measurements, but here are some tips that may help you determine the approximate size for women's clothing.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Determining Women's Sizes

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today I'm going to give you some tips for determining women's sizes. Finding the right size can be a confusing and inconsistent task when going from store to store. Before your next shopping spree, consider the following tips from About.com's Women's Fashion site.

Determine Dress Size with Different Measurements

Whether you do it yourself at home, or have a professional tailor take them, you'll need to know your bust, waist, and hip measurements when determining your apparel size. After you have this information recorded, it's time to figure out if which of the five standard size charts you should reference.

Know the Different Women's Size Charts

Younger women will typically reference the Juniors chart, which is designated by uneven sizes, starting at size one. Clothing that has been manufactured under Juniors guidelines is usually slimmer in the bust and hips than other categories. A juniors shopper whose bust measures 37 inches, waist 31 inches, and hips 40.5 inches, will likely best fit into size 11 clothes or larges based on standard U.S. Juniors sizes.

The Misses chart is designated by even sizes, starting at size zero and going up to size 20. A woman whose bust measures 33 inches, waist 24.5 inches, and hips 35 inches, will likely purchase extra small or small sizes and fit well into size two garments based on general guidelines for U.S. Misses.

If you are under five feet, four inches tall, you'll want to reference the Petite chart, which offers adjusted sizes in the Misses range.

Conversely, if you are over five feet, nine inches tall, you should reference the Tall chart for your appropriate size in the Misses range.

There is also a U.S. Plus size chart for larger-sized women, often designated by a “W” after the number, for example, 14W.

Different Designers Follow Different Sizes

Just a tip: The fashion industry does not use a set of standardized size charts, so you will need to check the measurement guidelines for each store and manufacturer in order to find the perfect fit. Online manufacturers will have this information listed on their websites, while brick and mortar establishments should have size charts posted in fitting rooms or available upon request.

Whether you're a junior, misses, petite, tall, or plus size gal, knowing your measurements and referencing the appropriate size chart will take the guess work out of your next shopping experience. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.

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