I think it depends upon the designer and on-line store you buy the clothing from. Seems to me that higher-priced clothes are more true to size, especially with plus-sized clothing. At stores that specialize in plus-size clothing, I actually fit into an average size, whereas the same item at a big-box store may take me into the 2 and 3X's. It's a little humiliating. I try not to focus on the number too much, but how I look in the garment.
Even more humiliating, my husband wears Large sweatshirts, and when held up to my 2X Large sweatshirts, they prove to be bigger. I understand that men's sizes are different, but being smaller than him, I would expect to wear a relative size.
I try to concentrate on how it fits, of course I have to have a starting point. What I love, sometimes when clothes are either mislabeled or a bigger fit, instant discount!
Online - love it, don't have to put myself through the depression of the fitting room. I do buy brands that I'm familiar with (so I know size/fit) and try to buy from retailers with reasonable or free shipping/return policies. I've returned lots of stuff, not a big deal. Plus stuff online tends to be cheaper so it justifies the cost of shipping at times (oh and no tax).
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I hesitate buying on line because of sizes that are not reliable. I prefer to shop, put on then buy or not buy. I have found that Levis are typically 3-4 inches in waist size different that Wranglers, for example. (and a whole lot more expensive.)
No, I actually find the sizes to be bigger on line depending on what stores I go to. There is also something said about feeling the fabric and really seeing the color. I find that buying on line is more a nuisance since I return most of what I purchase for size, color or fabric.
I find that when I buy clothing online they are more true to size then in a store, I recently was looking at some tops in Marshalls and Macy's and I picked up the top and I said to my husband oh that doesn't look like the size it states on the label , I mean it looked like a Medium and was suppose to be a Xlg. I find that most sizes run smaller in the store then they do when I buy something online. It's tough cause everyone's sizing is different so half the time you don't know what your size is anymore. Anyone else find this to be true?
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