Sizing standards have changed so much over the years, it's hard to know what size one wears any more. Add to that the fact that in the 1950s, garment manufacturers made clothes in many more sizes than their counterparts today, and the choices can be dizzying. This week we're looking at the various size ranges manufactured in the 1950s and what that means for you when you're shopping for a vintage dress.
Today we'll analyze junior sizes. Please be assured, a junior size does not mean the dress was made for a teenager! Junior-miss garments were made for a woman who is high-busted, slender-waisted and a slight touch shorter from shoulder to waist (usually 15" - 15 1/2"). Many women have this figure at seventeen and work hard to keep it all their lives. Junior sizes are odd numbers, often starting as low as a 3 and running up to 17. All the clothing shown here is from 1951.