Post # 1
I know this question might cause some contraversy but…
I have always wondered what actually counts as “plus sized”. I know that the average woman in the U.S. is a size 14, so I thought size 16 and up would be plus sized. I have also heard that size 10 and up is plus sized. But when I look in “plus sized” shops the manequins look like a size 8! I’m so confused.
Post # 3
@ditzkitten: I think it’s 14+ because I see stores that sell “plus size” and they usually have the description 14+, at least here in Canada.
Like I commented in the dress size thread, sizes mean shit all these days.
Interesting article on how sizing has changed in the past 50ish years: http://tess45.hubpages.com/hub/Vintage-Sizing-vs-Modern-Sizing
People like to see a smaller number, so today’s size 14 is like a size 20 in Marilyn Monroe’s day.
So sizing wise, numbers mean very little. I can go to one store and come out w. a range of sizes that fit me… and in another store it will be different yet again. Frustrating. I think that the way clothes fit and the number on the scale (to a certain extent) should be more important than “I need to fit into a size 2”.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Hmmmm I would say I consider plus sized to be whatever size stores in my area don’t normally carry, so I marked 16 and up on your poll.
I’m a size 10 or 12 depending on the brand and most stores I shop also carry a 14 but when you talk 16 and up, you have to go to other depts. or stores.
Post # 5
I have jeans in 4 different sizes from 4 different stores, and they all fit me. It’s annoying when I shop because I really have no idea what size I am.
I would say 14+ is the stereotypical plus size. I’m not saying I agree, but that seems to be the standard today.
Post # 6
In regular clothing, I would say 20 and up. In a wedding dress (with the nonsense sizing), 16 and up. It also depends on individual body build and height. A size 20 who is 5’11 tends to look more svelte than a gal of the same dress size who is 5’0.
Post # 7
Definitely a 14-16. I’m a size 12, sometimes 14 depending on the brand, and I don’t fit into plus size clothing, especially tops.
Post # 8
I think when you can’t buy clothes from a regular store, that is considered plus size. So, 16+?
I honestly wonder about people’s body image when they think size 10 is plus sized…I usually wear a size 8 or 10 and I am in the healthy range according to my BMI.
Post # 9
I’m a size 12-14 and 5’10” and at less expensive stores I’m considered plus size though I don’t consider myself so. If I go to a higher end store, I can usually shop in the regular sections. I feel that we should do away with titles like “plus sized” at stores because it’s so subjective and frankly unnecessary. If a brand is going to make a pair of jeans in sizes from 00 to 24, why bother with the extra label?
Personally, I’d be down with a tall section at stores just like the petites section. I’d love to not have to check the label on every pair of jeans on the stack in my quest for a long inseam, but that might just be me.
Post # 10
@blahblahblackbird: I agree. It is kind of demeaning to have a special section. You know what drives me mad? That I cannot wear levis because they only make a 32 inseam. It is like I HAVE to wear designer jeans that come in 36 length. Annoying! I would love to have a tall section at a store! Or for more tall options period.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
In America, most plus-sized clothing starts at a 14. However, most misses stops at a 14 (sometimes 16), but the measurements are different than the exact same item (if available) in the same size in the misses department and the womens department, so I’d say either 14 or 16. That said, models for plus-sized clothing are usually an 8, 10, or 12.
Post # 12
I guess 16+, since that’s what more stores stop at, but I hate the idea of “plus size.” I hate that Lane Bryant has their own stupid sizing. I also hate that their new marketing scheme includes using the words “real woman,” as though anyone smaller cannot be a real woman. Size is just a number. It doesn’t mean anything.
Post # 13
Anything over a 8 In fashion is always called plus size high fashion it’s anything over a 4 :/ it’s sad ! I pwrsonally think bigger then a 10 or 12 means you should give done attention to you’re health and for me that’s what it’s all about all sizes are beautiful yes but we need to be healthy and no matter how you justify it being over weight isn’t healthy I’m about 10 pounds over weight and ill admit its cause I’m Lazy – it needs to change !
Post # 14
I wear a size 18 and the plus size stores I shop start at size 14, so thats what I’ve always considered the starting point.
Post # 15
Plus sized places often don’t use large models and mannequins. There was some study that found that even though larger women say they want to see the clothes on larger models, they actually buy more if they see them on smaller models.
Most shops I’ve been to start at 14/16 for plus sizes (US).
Post # 16
I would say that size 16 and up (as well as XL) in “Misses” clothing, and size 14W and up as well as 0X and up (in Women’s clothing) would be considered to be plus sized. I am somewhat in between in certain articles of clothing and often find that plus-sized sweaters are not the correct proportion for me. I usually end up shopping for dresses and pants in the Women’s department and sometimes have to shop for certain types of tops and sweaters in the Misses department.