(Closed) NWR: Vanity sizing–which stores run big/small?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
5219 posts
Bee Keeper

I find NY & Co to run extremely large, IMO. I have a very hard time shopping there, because everything that is labeled as my size always is too big. H&M is another store where I have no idea what size I really am! 

I like Express or The Limited, the sizes seem to stay fairly consistent. Loft, Gap and Banana Republic are also ones that I think stay fairly true to size, Gap sometimes it a little hit or miss. 

Believe it or not, Buckle is where I buy a lot of my jeans because they pretty much always carry long length or extra long and everything is measured in inches instead of 2/4/6/8/etc.

Post # 3
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I tend to shop at Express, The Limited and Gap the most. Express and Gap, I can wear a size 8 jean – but Express dress pants are a 6. The Limited, all of my dress pants are 6’s. But, their tops are usually true to size – and depending on the style, I can either be a medium or a small.

H&M is weird. I have shirts in different sizes, which makes ordering online for them hard (I don’t live very close to one). The Loft isn’t bad either, but I have found that their tops run big and always seem so boxy. I own one pair of straight ankle jeans from there and they’re a size 6 (I think!).

I stopped shopping at NY&Co just because the sizing was so weird. Sometimes I’d be a small, soemtimes an XS and sometimes a medium! I do browse every once in awhile though, but haven’t bought anything in a long time.

Post # 4
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Women’s clothing in general is the worst – sizes are inconsistent, everything is see through, and nothing is well made enough to not shrink like crazy when you dry it.

Old Navy runs pretty large in the shirt area, H&M can be a little inconsistent. Knit tops run large, but non-knits run true to size/small. I buy all my jeans at Forever 21 and all my work pants form Old Navy (Pixie pants are amazing!) so I can’t speak to pants. I also refuse to shop at Express because I’ve witnessed some very rude employees at multiple stores (plus the clothes are not that great), and NY&Co just seems so “old lady” to me – and I’m 31! haha.

Post # 5
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

sunflower22:  I really can’t even tell anymore. Depending on the brand/style of clothing I can range anywhere from a 2 to a 6. My wedding dress was a size 8 (which the brand correlated to a normal small on their sizing chart). Whatevs, I wear scrubs 6 days a week so I don’t put too much thought into my other clothes.

Post # 6
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

Gap, J. Crew, and all of the other stores in that family run extremely large, in my experience. I remember when I was really thin (size 0, 24″ waist), none of the clothes at those stores fit because the waist on a 0 was closer to a 26″/27″.

Post # 7
1040 posts
Bumble bee

Old Nacy, Gap and J.Crew all have vanity sizing in different variations. I’m not super skinny (or should I say..I’m not built like a little boy) so having to purchase size 00 shorts at J.Crew was pretty funny

Express, A/X,Bebe, Zara and H&M seem pretty accurate since I usually pick the smallest size they have on rack for each style (XXS/XS/0/2) and it works.

I like stuff at Anthro and Urban Outfitters but the sizing there is a whole other story.

Post # 8
3116 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

sunflower22:  I find that any of the Gap/Banana Repub/Old Navy brands ( all owned by same parent company) are HUUGEE. Especially old navy. Old Navy runs massive.

Express runs true to size for me, as with Limited, but Im a different size in different cuts of pants-I have sizes from 4-8 in Limited work pants that all fit me fine

Can’t stores just do sizing like mens brands lol.


Post # 9
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

The Limited seems to run true to size for the most part. NY&Co is terrible. Express is okay size wise, but I hate the quality. The Gap used to be better in sizing, I dont really know what happened. i only buy jeans/pants from The Limited these days.

  • This reply was modified 4 years ago by  MrsFG2016.
Post # 10
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Boxerlover24:  Aw, you stole my observation about Old Navy! Completely agree!


Post # 11
7995 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Agree with Old Navy. Walmart is vanity sized too. Target does a reasonable job with fit.

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