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What Is The Difference Between Misses & Plus Size Women's Clothing

What Is The Difference Between Misses & Plus Size Women's Clothing

What Is The Difference Between Misses & Plus Size Women's Clothing

When it comes to women’s clothing sizing, we have all been in the position where we have no idea what size is going to be the right one. Clothing sizes can be incredibly misleading and they tend to differ from store to store. We have all been in the position where a size says one thing to you but once you get in the changing room, it is either far too oversized or too small! We’re going to try to make the sizing confusion when it comes to women's clothing a little clearer today when it comes to two sizes specifically: misses and plus size. It may be a small step into the frustrating world of women’s clothing sizes, but at least it’s a start!

What Is The Difference Between Misses & Plus Size Women's Clothing

The Misses Size

The misses size is one of the most common sizes in the U.S. and you will usually find it occupying the largest section in your local department store. In fact, it is so popular and common that some retailers will exclusively only stock misses sizes. As is expected with a size so common, misses is made for a fairly average female build - an average bust size and average height of around five foot four but adjusted for a curvier, more hourglass shape. This creates a size that is full of choice, larger than the junior sizing but smaller than plus size.

Misses sizes come in even numbers, beginning with 2 and going up to size 16, although this will sometimes run up to size 18. The misses sizes will also come in a size 0 at times, too, though this will usually run a little larger. Misses are also likely to be roomier than junior sizes, making space in the hips and bust area for the curves of mature women. An example of a misses size would be Hue Division's Classic Blue Women’s Organic Cotton LW Track Pants. There is no specific misses size here, but it would fall within the range of medium and large with sites such as Hue Division that use this XS to XL style of sizing chart.

Classic Blue Women’s Organic Cotton LW Track Pants

The Plus Size

The plus size is also a common size in the U.S. and it usually starts at around size 20. Plus size is intended for women with a larger frame and an average height. This size can sometimes be known as 1X and is the size that comes after XL. Plus sizes will go up from 1X to 2X, 3X, 4X and so on, going up to 8XL in some stores. Despite this general sizing scheme, lots of stores have a different take on what size plus size actually begins with. Some start higher, at around 18, while others go lower, starting as low as size 14 at times. Plus sizes can be tailored, but you will usually find that most plus size clothing articles will not be form-fitting.

The Plus Size

The Difference Between Misses and Plus Sizes

What is the main difference between these two popular clothing sizes for women in the U.S.? The most significant difference between the two is the cut of these sizes. Plus sizes will have deeper, lower and larger cuts involved. For example, waistlines will be much larger in plus size than in misses. Bust sizes will also be cut on a larger scale as well as made lower, and arm holes are made deeper in order to accommodate for the larger size of a woman who will be wearing a plus sized outfit.

Misses is an average size of clothing, but one that is combined with larger cuts in places such as the hips and the bust to accommodate a mature woman’s body. Plus sizes won’t usually be tailored (as we mentioned, this isn’t always the case, however), but misses sizes can certainly be more tailored and fitting.

Design Differences

Despite these differences, the designs of misses clothing and plus size clothing are not all that different. There are only a few key differences that you will find between the two, including the tailored nature of misses sizes in comparison to plus sizes as mentioned. Another design difference is that plus sized clothes will often have a larger and looser design to be more comfortable and fitting for a larger frame. Although clothing sizes can be irritatingly vague at times, misses and plus sizes aren’t too hard to differentiate. Plus size starts one size larger than the highest misses size and is a little larger by design with less tailoring involved.