The size difference between women's and misses clothing is that women's clothing tends to offer more room in the bust and waist. Both women's- and misses-sized clothing have the same shoulder width.
While trying on clothing is the best way to determine what style fits best, the United States standard for women's clothing tends to observe a few basic rules that may help shoppers decide what style to purchase. For example, misses-sized clothing is a standard for an average figure that has more of an hourglass shape. Comparatively, women's-sized clothing is typically for a woman with a less defined waist and a larger bosom. Both clothing styles are appropriate for women between about 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 7 inches in height.