Clothing sizes are so off

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@jeg14:  I’d look at reviews before ordering online.  And yes, I would also agree that cheaper clothes tend to run smaller.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

That is exactly why I never order pants online unless I’m ordering a replacement pair!  Sizes are too fickle.

Post # 5
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6510 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have this problem too. I have pants that range from size 2-8. I hate shopping for pants…

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If I go to the Gap at the mall, I wear a size 6.  If I go to Gap Outlet, I wear a size 4…ish.  I could wear a 2+ or a 4-….ha.   If I order from Gap online, I wear a size 2.

 

So yeah.  Really, who cares about the size?  As long as they fit and look good…it’s only important to know your size for online shopping.  When I go to the store, I hold pants up.  If they look about the right size, I’ll try them on.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Yes 🙁 its like that everywhere . I still like ordering online though, I just read reviews + size chart. Men don’t have it this hard, right ? Bleh :p

Post # 8
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Honey bee

I hate women’s clothing sizing. I wish everyone would just list the measurements like men’s clothes. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There is no standard sizing in womens clothes. 

Vanity sizing started with expensive clothes because rich women would rather be a size 0 than a size 6 or 8. In 1937 a size 14 dress had a bust size of 32 inches (81 cm). In 1967, the same bust size was a size 8. In 2011, it was a size 0.

The pricier the item, the smaller the size you will wear.

If you find a brand that you like, you can safely order that brand again online. Failing that make sure you only order from a site that offers free returns.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@jeg14:  Sizing charts, online reviews and free shippng / free returns are your friend 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@julies1949: Weirdly, I find it’s the complete opposite. When I go to affordable, mass-retailers like Old Navy, Gap, Express, etc…I wear the absolute smallest adult size they have (and often it is still too big). 0 or 00.

When I go to a high-end shop and try on clothing, particularly if said clothing is European in origin, I typically wear about a size 4. Actually I just tried on a dress at Nieman Marcus the other day (that I would never buy because it was so frackin’ expensive) that was a size 4 and fit like a glove. Size 4 at Express falls off of me.

Sounds like everyone’s experiences across the board are just different. It is extremely frustrating. Men would never put up with this crap, so nobody tries to pull it on them!!!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I hate jeans! I hardly ever wear them to be honest. I wear a 5 in juniors but the problem is my legs and butt are a lot bigger than my waist! My waist is a 2-3!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have a list I keep of my sizes at different stores. Some stores I wear my regular size of Medium but others require a Small – X-Large to fit nicely. 

Because of this I largely stick to buying certain pieces at different stores. For example, I get my jeans at Old Navy online because their size 8 fits me like a glove almost all of the time. For shirts I stick to Suzy Shier and Sears because I know what their sizing is like.

@laureneliz87:  I think it is more than men aren’t as aware as sizing as women are. I took FI out shirt shopping and he had an attitude of just seeing what fit, he’d take a general look at the item and if he thought it’d fit he’d try it on – he never once looked at the sizes! But for me I am always looking for “my size” and then feel bad if it doesn’t fit me!

Post # 15
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Honey bee

@julies1949:  Really? I find that I can’t find smaller items in less expensive clothing. I basically wear a xs/0, and a lot of midlevel and lower brands don’t even size down to my size. But in more designer lines, I can fit into their 0’s, sometimes even 2’s. The best luck is with manufacturers that also sell in Europe, because their sizes go smaller than American sizes.

Post # 16
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Honey bee

@laureneliz87:  Totally agree with your experiences too. I fit into the Euro size 4’s, but would have an American size 4 fall right off me.

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