Key dimensions of women's ready-to-wear apparel: Developing a consumer size-labeling system

Jongsuk Chun-Yoon, Cynthia R. Jasper

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Key dimensions were selected for women's ready-to-wear garments to generate an anthropometric size-labeling system designating garment size with body measurements. Two different statistical analyses were used to select key dimensions: residual variance analysis and factor analysis. The results of the study show that (a) the key dimensions selected by both means of analysis are similar, (b) the key dimensions used in most mail-order catalogs are appropriate, and (c) in addition to the key dimensions currently in use, another key dimension representing length or height is needed. Bust circumference was selected as a key dimension for all upper body garments. Hip and waist circumferences were selected for all lower body garments. The key dimensions representing length or height were sleeve inseam length or sleeve outseam length for long-sleeve shirts, shoulder height or shoulder length for short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts, crotch height for calf- or ankle-length pants, and waist height for skirts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalClothing and Textiles Research Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Polymers and Plastics


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