In today’s clothing market sizing is often a tricky issue to navigate. Manufacturer's sizing differs greatly from brand to brand, some vanity size their garments giving the customer a skewed idea of their actual size, juniors vs. misses vs. plus vs. juniors plus.. It is enough to make a girl pull her hair out!
Buying clothing online is hard… We understand this at Le Bomb Shop. We buy from over 250+ manufacturers so sizing is most definitely NOT across the board. This is why we measure each and every one of our garments in each available size.
We strongly recommend that you take a few minutes to print off a measuring tape and read our measuring guide here. You will find that knowing your real measurements and how to use them is better than going by any letter or number sizing on a label.. So don't let wearing a large or a "plus size" sway you.. not all manufacturers size equally and they all use their own scale.. A number is just a number - A great fit is the goal!
It is important to note that the measurements we provide are of the actual garment, not the measurements of a potential buyer. As a general rule, we would recommend allowing at least an inch of room, depending on the style, between the maximum measurement described at each of the critical locations.
For example: Waist 28"-30" as described in the sizing chart would work best for someone with a 28"-29" waist - any larger and the garment is going to be tight fitting.
How We Measure Our Garments
Our measurements are taken while the garment is lying flat. Each measurement is doubled If the fabric has stretch or give then the item will be pulled to its max and measured/doubled again. Example: bust flat measures 16” across… double that to get 32”
Bust: Measured from armpit seam across the chest/bust to the other under armpit seam and then doubled. This is NOT your bra size. Please use our measuring guide here to find out your bust size measurement. If you use your bra size it will be incorrect.. a 34" max fabric measurement on a garment will not accommodate a 34B and a 34DD the same.. which is why your bra size is the incorrect measurement to base your decision off of.
Waist: Middle of the garment where the waist would/should be or where the garment tapers in. measured across and doubled.
Hips: Measured approximately 5" below the waistline or at the area where the curve is most outward (where hips should sit.)
Length: The garment is measured from the top of the garment (where the neck seam meets the shoulder seam. If there are straps - These are included from the approximate area where the shoulder tops would sit then measured straight down to the hemline. This measurement is not doubled.
Shoulders: Measured flat, from seam to seam, then stretched (if fabric has stretch) and measured again.
Sleeve Length: Measured from the collar/shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve cuff. This measurement is not doubled.
Difference Between Juniors & Misses Sizes
The most obvious difference between Misses and Juniors sizing is that Juniors clothing is cut slightly smaller, slimmer through the hips and bust, and shorter in length than Misses clothing. Misses clothing attempts to accommodate a wider hip and bust area for a more mature woman.
Difference Between Juniors Plus Sizes & Regular Plus Sizes
Juniors Plus Sizes are aimed at accommodating the younger, more youthful frame. They tend to be cut slimmer through the bust and hip area, have a higher bust line and less of a differentiation between hip and waist measurement to cater to the undeveloped figures of young women