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.
If you're tall and slim, you probably wear a misses size. Misses sizes are perfect for the slender woman with wide shoulders, a long waist (at least 16" shoulder to waist) and long legs. The size numbers are even and in the 1950s started at 8 and ran up to a 20. The clothes shown here are all from 1951. All four women are different ages, but all wore a size 12.