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Plus Sizing Chart

Three Different Sizing Systems for Plus Sizes

As you shop, you’ll encounter clothing with a simple numerical size, such as 20, as well as pieces with a numerical size and the letter “W.”  To make things even more complicated, you’ll also see general sizes like 2X or XXL.

  •  Misses’ Sizes – Plus size clothing items that are sized with a simple number, such as 18, 20, or 22, are often called “misses” sizes. You’ll sometimes see them on more youthful looks, but some retailers stick to this type of sizing for all their pieces.  Some clothing lines consider anything a size 14 or above a “plus” size, while others start their plus sizing at a 16 or 18.
  • Women’s Sizes – Other pieces are sized with a number followed by the letter “W.”  This “W” stands for women’s sizing, and in general, it means that the clothing is cut with a looser, more relaxed fit.  These clothing lines are often made for those with more generous curves and may have more ample bust and hip areas, too. Occasionally, brands add a “Plus” or a “+” after their sizing; this usually means the same thing as a “W.
  • X Sizes – The X sizing system, such as 2X or XXL is more all-encompassing, and you’ll most often find it in pieces that don’t have a tailored fit. It is very commonly used for knits and items with more give that require less exacting fits.

Plus Size Sizing Chart

Each manufacturer is unique, and the sizing comparison is not exact.  However, you can use this general chart to help gauge your size in each of the sizing systems.

Bust Waist Hip Women’s Size Misses’ Size Letter Size
43.5 36 46 16W 18 1X/XL
45.5 38 48 18W 20 2X/XXL
47.5 40.5 50.5 20W 22
49.5 43 53 22W 24 3X/XXXL
51.5 45.5 55.5 24W 26
54.5 48.5 57.5 26W 28 4X
57 51.5 59.5 28W

 

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