Clothes shopping should be fun. But with Plus Size Clothing, it can be hard to find clothes for any figure, let alone for someone who is tall or curvy. Online shopping, while it gives you far greater clothing choice, can be daunting. Each brand seems to have their own way of categorizing and measuring dress and pant sizes. Half of all shoes and clothes that are ordered online are returned because they don’t fit. Finding clothes that fit and are flattering is important for your comfort, style, and confidence. But how can you know if clothes are the right size, and how can you choose the right cut for your figure? Below, we’ll uncover the truth about vanity sizing, and how plus-size men, women, and children can find the right clothes for their body shape.
Women’s Plus Sizes
More women sizes are here.
Men’s Plus Sizes
|2XL||50 - 52||44 - 46||18||36 - 37|
|3XL||54 - 56||48 - 50||19||37 - 38|
|LT||42 - 44||36 - 38||16||35-36|
|2XLT||46 - 48||40 - 42||17||36.37|
|2XL||50 - 52||44 - 46||18||37-38|
More men sizes are here.
Girl’s Plus Sizes
|7.5 - 8.5||49 - 50-1/2||28||27||30.5|
|7.5 - 8.6||51 - 53||29.5||28||31.5|
|10.5 - 12.5||53.5 - 55||30.5||29||33|
|12.5. - 14.5||55.5 - 57.5||32||30||34|
|15 - 16.5||58 - 60||33||31||35.5|
|17- 17.5||60 - 62||34.5||32||36.5|
|18.5||60 - 62||35.5||33||37.5|
More girls sizes are here.
Boy’s Plus Sizes
|8 HUSKY||8||M||49 - 51||30||29||30.5|
|10 HUSKY||10||L||51.5 - 54.5||30.5||30||31.5|
|12 HUSKY||12||L||55 - 57||31.5||31||33|
|14 HUSKY||14||XL||57.5 - 59.5||33||32||34.5|
|16 HUSKY||16||XL||60 - 63||34.5||33.5||36|
|18 HUSKY||18||XXL||63.5 - 65.5||36||34.5||37|
More boys sizes are here.
What’s the best way to measure Plus Size Clothing at home?
You’ll probably need a partner to help you get the most accurate measurements. You’ll need a seamstress tape measure or a cloth tape measurer. When measuring, you want to keep the tape loose, and not too snug.
Measure Plus Size Clothing under your arms and around the fullest part of your bust to get the correct bust size. For waist size, measure around your natural waistline. For hips, put your feet together, and measure around the fullest part of your hips, which should be about 8” under your waist. For inseam, lay a pair of pants that fit you well flat on the floor or a table. Measure the inside seam from the crotch to the hem.
Measure Plus Size Clothing from under the arms and around the chest for chest size. For sleeves, measure from the base of the neck, across the shoulder, and down the arm with your elbow slightly bent, all the way to the wrist. Waist size is measured around the narrowest part of the waist. For hips, measure at the fullest point while standing with your feet together. An inseam can be measured with the same technique, by laying a pair of well-fitting pants flat and measuring from the crotch to the hem.
For Children’s sizes
You’ll want to measure the chest first. Slip the tape under the arms, and across the chest and shoulder blades. Makes sure to hold the tape firm and level. For waist size, measure around the natural waistline. For hips, have the child stand with their feet together and measure around the fullest part of the hips. Inseam can be measured based on pants that fit the child well. Lay the pants flat, and make sure there are no creases. Measure from the crotch to the hem. You’ll also want to measure the torso. Start at the neck, at the highest point of the shoulder. Then measure down over the chest, through the crotch, and then continue back up to the starting point for an accurate torso measurement.
What are the different body shapes?
Everyone has a different body shape which can significantly influence how flattering specific Plus Size Clothing, cuts and fabrics will be. Two people with different body shapes may wear the same size, but one silhouette may flatter one figure over the other.
The different body shapes for women are:
- Inverted Triangle
- Rounded Shape
Men’s and children’s body shapes tend to fall into one of these categories:
- Inverted Triangle
What is vanity sizing?
Vanity sizing is a phenomenon that’s been in practice since at least the 1930s in the US. Vanity sizing strategies happen in women’s as well as men’s clothing sizes. With vanity sizing, clothing manufacturers assign smaller sizes to the same measurements. For example, a size 14 dress in 1937 could accommodate a bust size of 32 inches. That same bust size in 1967 would fit a size 8 dress. And in 2011, it would have fit a size 0 dress.
Men’s apparel isn’t immune to vanity sizing, either. Men’s pants are usually marked with two numbers, the waist circumference, and the inseam. Nominal inseams are pretty accurate, but the nominal waist size is generally smaller than the actual waist circumference.
The problem with vanity sizing is that it’s more or less a marketing gimmick. It can be incredibly tricky for curvy people to order the correct clothing size because sizes can vary significantly by brand. For example, in 2010 Abram Sauer of Esquire magazine experimented with vanity sizing. He ordered several pairs of pants with a nominal waist of 36 inches, but he found that the waist sizes varied anywhere from 37 inches all the way to 41 inches. That’s a huge range of different sizes for pants all marked with the same nominal size number.
How can you ensure that your Plus Size Clothing will fit?
Because of vanity sizing, it’s crucial that clothes shoppers take their measurements at home, read the size charts of their favorite clothing brands, and order based on actual size, not the nominal vanity sizes for the best fitting clothes.
Why should you read plus size charts?
Once you know your actual measurements, it’s much easier to read size charts and to order clothes online. Knowing your measurements ensures that you’ll be able to pick the correct plus-size clothing regardless of the brand and vanity sizing schemes.
When you’re shopping for clothes online, always check out the brand’s size chart. The size chart will show you how that particular brand measures bust, waist, and inseam and hip sizes for each nominal size. You’ll be more likely to get an accurate fit if you read the size chart before ordering. Remember, each brand has a different size chart, so a size 14 from Brand A may be a perfect fit for you, but Brand B’s size 18 can also give you the best fit.
Online shopping opens up a whole new world of clothing choices for all shapes and sizes. Now more than ever, it’s easier for plus-size, curvy, and tall people to find clothes that fit and flatter their figures. The trick to ordering the right size clothes online comes down to taking accurate measurements and reading each brand’s particular size chart. The correct measurement ensures that you’ll be happy with your clothes once you unbox them, and will decrease the chances of you needing to return or exchange an item you’ve ordered online.