Post # 1
I just needed to vent somewhere. I went shopping for new work clothes last night. I didn’t want to spend much money so I went to Marshalls, Ross, and Target. The last time I went shopping I was a size 0-2 in juniors and could really go anywhere and not even worry about trying on clothes because I always fit those sizes.
Last night, the pants I bought were a size 6 juniors from Marshalls, size 3 juniors at Target, and size 4 woman at Ross. How will I ever be able to order pants online if clothing measurements vary that much? Are the sizes so mixed up because these are cheap stores, or is it like this everywhere?
Post # 3
@jeg14: I’d look at reviews before ordering online. And yes, I would also agree that cheaper clothes tend to run smaller.
Post # 4
That is exactly why I never order pants online unless I’m ordering a replacement pair! Sizes are too fickle.
Post # 5
I have this problem too. I have pants that range from size 2-8. I hate shopping for pants…
Post # 6
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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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
I hate women’s clothing sizing. I wish everyone would just list the measurements like men’s clothes.
Post # 9
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
@jeg14: Sizing charts, online reviews and free shippng / free returns are your friend 🙂
Post # 11
@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
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
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 # 14
I’m glad to hear that the majority of women have the same issues. I just pulled out some clothes from my closet and found that I fit into size 00 from express, size 2 from american eagle, size 2 from j crew, and then I have a size 3 from Target and size 7! from Target. I went online to look at the measurements for the size 7 from Target and they are the same measurements for a size 8 from american eagle. But I fit into a size 2 from american eagle. How in the heck does this work? So frustrating. I’ll definitely look at reviews next time I shop online!
Post # 15
@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
@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.