I got this from Wikipedia when looking into size/measurements. I found it interesting because I never really knew exactly what the differences were in some of these store “sections” other than the “cool” factor.
Hope this helps you, too!
- Misses sizes
- The most common size category. For women of about average height (5’4″) with an average bust height and an hourglass figure. Dress sizes may be given as girth at the bust in inches (e.g., 36), but even-numbered sizes from 2 to 16 are more common. Categorical sizes range from XS (extra-small) to XL (extra-large).
- Junior sizes
- For short women with higher busts and fairly straight bodies. Junior sizes are commonly given as odd-numbered sizes from 1 to 15, which correspond to the next number up in misses’ sizes.
- Women’s sizes or plus sizes
- For larger, curvier women of average height, sometimes with lower bust lines. Like misses’ sizes, the sizes may be given as a dress size based on the bust measurement, but they are usually given as even-numbered sizes from 18 up. Categorical sizes usually range from 1X (similar to extra-large, but with slightly different proportions compared to the misses’ size) up.
- Misses petite
- For short women with average busts and more hourglass body shapes. Sizes follow the misses’ standard and are marked with a P, as in 10P.
- Junior petite
- For very short women with average busts and fairly straight bodies. Size may be denoted as “5JP” or as “5P”.
- Women’s petite
- For larger, curvier, shorter women, sometimes with lower bust lines. Sizes are marked the same as women’s with a P, as in 20P.
- Young junior
- For short women with high busts and fairly straight bodies.
- Tall sizes
- For taller women (usually 5’8″ or above), usually with a proportionately average bust height and an hourglass figure. Sizes are usually written with the corresponding misses’ size and a T to indicate tall, as in “10T”.