What’s next after girls’ size 16?
That is the answer I have been looking for recently, since my daughter is fast outgrowing that last size offered for girls. Here is the simple answer: when girls outgrow the girls’ sizes, they move to the juniors’ set of sizes, simple enough right? Until you see the fashion for juniors, which is mostly offered for girls that are around 16 to 18 year olds. My issue as mentioned in other posts, is that my daughter is and looks her age of 11 but is practically my size, so you see where I am going with this… difficulty finding age appropriate clothing.
For now, I will only focus on the sizes and measurements regarding junior sizes, also petite and misses, since I found several posts that mentioned parents buying clothes in those size groups. In another post coming soon I will post fashions that I find that I consider age appropriate to make your shopping experience less complicated, but for now let’s talk sizes.
For boys, the sizes go from boys directly to men sizes, there are no junior sizes for boys… at least not that I am aware of.
As I mentioned before, when I first searched for junior clothes (specifically girls dresses) this is what I find:
You see? Don’t get me wrong, I think they are pretty dresses and eventually my daughter will be using something similar… In the future, but for now my daughter still looks like this model:
FYI, I bought this dress last year from Nordstrom for $47.00 (Julia & Pippa), and I love it! They have other dresses which you can find in this post.
The first thing I decided to see were the measurement for girls’ sizes and compare the sizes offered for juniors’. Obviously, the sizes will vary depending on the brands you choose, but to have a general sense of the sizes assigned per body measurements. I took a couple of size charts from several stores that most of us shop from, to better visualize the difference between all of them.
Before we start let’s see what differences between are junior, misses and petite sizes:
Junior clothes are smaller, slimmer and shorter than the misses and petite categories. The cuts are straighter and less curvy and are sized in odd numbers (0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc).
Misses sizes fall between the Juniors and Women’s sizes. Misses clothes are sized in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc) and is cut for a more curved shape.
Petite sizes are usually cut with the same cut as the misses clothes, just a bit shorter in the torso, arms, and legs. These are identified as even number sizes with a P (2P, 4P, 6P, etc).
Starting with girls sizes I took the chart from The Children’s Place, it has a lot of useful information to help you buy online, which is how I mostly shop. I could never use the age as reference for buying clothes since my daughter’s measurements were always greater than the ones mentioned. Moving on, we will compare the measurements for girls’ size 16 as seen below and the next size for junior, misses and petite.
Girl sizes: Tops / dresses/bottoms (Children’s Place)
These are the size charts for Junior, Misses and Petite to help you have an idea as to the measurements that apply to the different sizes.
Petite and Misses:
The following are charts for Petite and Misses sizes:
Amazon – Petite
LL Bean – Misses
Below I put them all together to make it easier for to compare between each category.
So there you have it, hope it helps. Before I start buying anything, I will probably go to several stores, and based on the different brands that fit my daughter, I will have a better sense of the sizes that fits her and will help me to buy online for anything else I would need to get her.