How Many Inches is a Size 14?

A typical size 14 in women’s clothes is 40.5 inches at the bust, 33 inches at the waist, and 43 inches at the hips. These measurements can vary a bit from one clothing maker to the next. This is a “large” for J. Crew.

Even though these are the measurements for 2014, they were much different even ten years ago. “Vanity sizing” is used by a lot of clothing companies. Sizes are getting smaller so that people feel better about buying clothes.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, women have gotten bigger all around. Size measurements for sewing patterns haven’t changed in decades, and a comparison shows how the sizes of clothes made in factories have shrunk. A size 16 pattern calls for a 30-inch waist and a 40-inch hip, but at J. Crew, those measurements are a size 10.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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