Post # 1
I use to be a size 22/24 and lost 90 lbs and am now a size 12/14 (depending on who makes it). I’ve birthed five children ( in 7 years) and definitely have the hips and backside to prove it.
I would definitely consider myself to still be “full figured”, howevr I notice that things are cut slimmer the smaller the sizes get. Anyone else have this problem with finding clothes?
I ordered a size 12 wedding dress and while I need to lose about another 10lbs for it to be my ideal comfort level it does fit.
What do YOU consider to be full figured and any other 12/14/16 ladies have trouble with stuff being cut too narrow?
Oh and don’t get me started on low rise pants…. ;o)
Post # 3
I consider Kim Kardashian to be full figured. She’s not fat, per se, but isn’t small either. So for me it isnt about a weight or size, but more about a shape, like an hourglass.
Post # 4
I’m a small size and I have a problem with things being cut too narrow! Apparently women around meant to have boobs and thighs— both of which I have! I think low rise pants suck! Shirts with buttons never close. I don’t think this is necessarily a full figure problem- it’s a curvy girl problem at any size!
Post # 5
@rhiannonzdanowicz: personally I think a person can be full figured even if they are a size 2 if they have hips and a “plump” behind. They wouldnt necessarily fit a conventional size 2 and would probably have to go up to a 4 and take the waist in. 12/14/16 i think is plus size and this is someone who is tettering between 14 and 16. As i teenager, I was a size 10, not far from plus size and nothing fit. things still dont fit ideally because of my shape. I have resolved that i either have to get dresses and pants that are cut with that extra umph in order for it to work. Try looking for those and it will make you feel alot better!
Post # 6
@rhiannonzdanowicz: I think anyone with problem areas, regardless of size, will have sizing issues. My friend is thin but has chubby upper arms so she wrestles with finding fitted jacket that fit her in the waist and also accomodate her arms.
It’s a great way to keep the tailors employed!
Post # 7
@LittleE3: +1 to everything being too narrow. I’m a size 2-4 with an athletic build and I always have to either buy a size up and have things tailored, or I need to buy the “curvy” fit pants. I thought this would stop when I lost weight (I used to be a size 12). Nope.
Post # 8
It’s most frustrating when shopping for pants. I have to go up almost 2 sizes in a low rise to get over my hips and rear, but yet a midrise pant is fine and the most flattering. And some designers I can’t wear at all.
I think I’m most annoyed that the fashion industry expects us all to be built straight up and down and most women I know (not matter the size) simply aren’t.
For those of you who are curvy what is your favorite brand jean (Mine is American Eagle Kick Book, or a BKE jean from buckle) and what style wedding dress did you get and I would love to see photos of the dresses.
Post # 9
@rhiannonzdanowicz: You’ve discovered a dark truth about the fashion industry- it isn’t just restrictive in absolute sizes, but build types, too. I’ve never been overweight, but it’s still tough for me to find clothing that fits off the rack, because I have an extreme hourglass figure (ten inch difference between my bust and waist, and between waist and hips). Even though none of my measurements are particularly large, they just don’t all come in the same garment, usually. Pants tend to either gap at the back or not go up over my hips, shirts either don’t button or hang like a tent past my breasts.
The key is either dedication to finding clothing lines that are cut for your particular build (I’ve had good luck with bebe, for example), stretch fabrics, or the particular styles that just work on you, or buying everything to fit your largest part and then having the rest taken in.
Post # 10
Yea- I actually think that everyone who isn’t model sized is full figured to the fashion industry right now. Last season I felt they were really trying to start featuring more full figured models and more standard body sizes. This was what I believe a direct response to several models coming forward saying that they didn’t eat due to their careers and also purged and used laxitives all the time.
I think now that that initial press has died away- I’ve found that this season fashion trends seem to be going back to a very slim line (looking at brands like BCBG and european fashion). I live in the US but for some reason own a lot of European lines and don’t shop much in person as I do almost all of it online.
Post # 11
@rhiannonzdanowicz: Weight loss twin! I’m also now a 12/14 after a 90lb weight loss. I’m still trying to lose weight, but I like my proportions. My extra weight seems pretty evenly distributed and my measurements usually all fall under the same size on most clothing sizing charts.
That all said, I usually “feel” pretty average on a day to day basis. I rarely feel large or full figured unless I’m feeling bloated from some food bender for the weekend. I suppose it’s all relative though.
Post # 12
@HellaCooper: Sometimes I feel pretty average and other days I feel like a busted can of biscuits.
Weight loss is such a mental thing and most of the time I don’t view myself any differnt until I look at photos.
I have always been blessed to be pretty porportioned as well and the weight loss distributed itself evenly as well.
Congratulations on your weight loss. I think keeping it off is harder and consumes most of my daily thought processes (ie having to plan constantly)
Post # 13
@rhiannonzdanowicz: It depends on what you mean by ‘full figured’. If you mean curvy, well, anyone can be curvy; I actually have a more curvy figure at 120lbs and a size 4-6 than I did at 144lbs and a size 8-10 as my waist is more defined, so I have an hourglass shape as opposed to an apple shape. So in that sense of the term I think it’s the proportions that matter rather than the dress size.
But if you mean it more as a euphemism for overweight, then I consider size 12-14 to be fuller figured, depending on how tall someone is.
Post # 14
@barbie86: you’re description is exactly what I was thinking.
Post # 15
@Bubblesmcgee: I have this issue too; and I find it worse the smaller I am. It’s like shops decide that if you’re a size 4, you must be flat-chested; it is SO frustrating, esp as my measurements are technically exactly between a 4 and a 6 (I measure 35-25-35).
I find bikinis a nightmare too; I typically take a size 10-12 in tops, and a 4-6 in bottoms, so always have to buy separates, and the tops have to tie at the back; if they clip, the band is always too big, but I need the bigger size for the cup size (I’m a 30E/F).
Post # 16
I’m range from size 4 – 6 now and I have problem finding clothes as well. Low rise pant will never fit on me or make my hip look wider than it is… I am 5’5, very tiny shoulder, 34C, 27 inch waist, then my hip is at 38-40 inches… so finding the perfect pant or clothes on me is soooo hard. Ever since I’m in my teenage, I always wear dress becuase that’s the only clothes almost that will fit me well. Thanks god there are legging available everywhere, I can have more choices other than unfit jean (yes, I have to order 30 or 31 inches jean for my hip but the waistline will always be so loose, which give a visual illusion that I have a tummy)