I realized why I had so much trouble finding my size. The plus sizes are 3 1/2 inches longer in the waist, 3 inch longer in the hips, and 3 inches shorter in length than the real size counterpart. Crazy vanity size for kids clothes! I couldn't figure out my size point blank, hence the reason why I ordered 3 sizes. After playing around in Excel and analyzing the different sizes, I realized how much thought was put into naming the sizes. Well played, Gap, you've fooled the kids...or have you just confused the parents?
Sorted by Size Sorted by Waist
I purchased 3 sizes: 12 Plus (in Blue), 14 Plus (Pink) , and 16 (Blue). You can see the length comparisons among all 3 pairs. I put my Size 0R Gap Skimmer/Fresh Crop Jeans next to all of them to show you how they compare in length to my adult size crop skinny jeans. Length wise, the 12 plus, is definitely my size....and it is!
Size 14 Plus: Roomy Fit
The size 14 Plus pair was overall too big for me: in length, in the waist, and in the hips. I couldn't even fake the fit.
Size 16: Mom Jeans
Gosh this size 16 pair made me feel like I was wearing mom jeans. The waist felt higher and the inseam was so short! I was very uncomfortable. The pants were bagging over the legs and too long for my 5 feet stature.
Now that I know my Gap Kids size, I'm sure I can take advantage of the lower priced "petite" clothes. Granted, I know the fit won't work for me all the time since I am a curvy 20 something year old and not a 12 year old kid.