I just got back from a quick shopping trip, and just for fun I grabbed a clearance pair of cords, size 8 and they actually fit !! I don't think I have ever been a size 8, not even in high school. I think I must be living in a dream world or something. I have been a size 24W for so so many years that sometimes when I look in the mirror at my exercise class, I have to do a double take to see who that person is!!