Suggestion...as a previous poster stated, manufacturers vary but you can get an idea from going to the QVC.COM website and looking at their pants. The items have an option you can click on which will tell you an approximate size based on your measurements. That should give you an idea. Of course go to the store and have the sales clerk help you
6/27/13 3:46 P
I agree go to a store and try on several different sizes. you may have dropped several sizes down. Congratulations to you!
I would get a tape measure, measure your waist and hips and check the size chart of a few clothing brands to see where you should start trying on clothing. You might start with a size 16.
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6/27/13 3:06 P
Congratulations on your loss ! Mandie is right. There is no standardization when it comes to women's clothing sizes. You're going to have to go to your favorite department store and try on different sizes. It's not unusual to wear different sizes in pants. I have pants in sizes 6,8,10 and 12. they all fit.
the numbering convention is ridiculous. I always have to try on pants before I buy them regardless of the number. a size 8 in Ann Taylor is different than a size 8 in the Gap, which is different from a siz 8 in Old Navy. They can even be different in brands depending on what style of pants you buy.
I think you should celebrate your recent sucess with some new pants. Nothing says new attitude like a new outfit !
6/27/13 3:03 P
Well... I started at #245 and a size 22w... I have lost 49 pounds and now fit a 16 regular, or maybe 18 regular, depending on the style/brand. I find skirts are a little more forgiving than pants :)
Really, you just have to try some things on. Find something you like, grab it in 3 different sizes. That's pretty normal, to try multiple sizes of the same item, even for people who know their size! Because as mentioned, how things fit can vary a lot between designers.
I was SUPER nervous the first time I went into a clothing store that didn't carry Plus sizes... ("what if there's nothing here that I can fit! what if i can't fit their biggest size! what if the clerks know by looking at me that I'm too big for their store!" etc.). Prior to attempting this, I tested the waters at a store that carries both plus and regular sizes under the same roof. Started by trying on smaller-sized "Plus" clothing, and once I had a 16w fitting properly, asked the clerk if "do you suppose an 18 regular would be better?" and tried it on. And yes, it fit. 16w is very close to 18 regular (just a slightly roomier cut under the arms, basically).
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6/27/13 2:48 P
Congrats! Agree, the only way to know is to go to the store and try on! When I lost 50 pounds, I went down 6 sizes (14-8).
6/27/13 2:24 P
Every manufacturer measures clothes differently. So you have to pick a store and go and try pants on.
An experienced sales person can guestimate your size and find you some things to try on. So I would suggest going to a smaller store like Coldwater Creek. Avoid the big box stores like Target and Walmart. There sales people are usually floaters and may have been assigned to automotive the day before. I know my size and I often feel frustrated at the big box stores
CC can be kind of pricey though, but good quality and you can get the items tailored if you plan to lose anymore weight
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