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3/19/13 4:28 P

Thanks everyone for your feedback. It would be easier if women's clothing sizes were uniform. I'll focus on getting clothes that flatter my body regardless of the tag size. emoticon

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3/19/13 12:54 P

I agree with the others. Coach Nancy also hit the nail on the head with the vanity sizes. Unless you buy jeans from a place like Levis where you go by inches, the size will vary. My slacks and jeans are not all the same size. The same can be said of dresses and skirts. Personally, my worst enemy for sizes are shirts.

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3/19/13 11:13 A


As others have noted, it's because there is NO standardization when it comes to women's clothing. Exactly what waist size is a size 18 ? or an 8 ? What is the hip dimension ? If I buy a man's 34 pants, that means the waist size is 34 inches. Who knows what the waist is on a size 18 or 8 ? Which is why I never buy by size anymore. Instead, I'll try on a variety of sizes and buy what fits best.

Because a size 8 in Ralph Lauren is different from a size 8 in Anne Taylor which is different from a size 8 from the Gap.

So, what you're experiencing is not unusual. I have pants in sizes 6, 8, 10 and 12. They all have the exact same waist !

Oh and if you buy clothes from the Goodwill (I do), try them on first. Because a size 10 from twenty years ago is smaller than a size 10 today. On top of there being no standardization in sizes, the sizes have changed over the years too.

It really is normal to have pants in a lot of different sizes. And to make the system worse, styles of pants vary in size too. So you may find you fit a size 18 in one style and a size 16 in another.

The problem ? I have a feeling that the reason women prefer buying a "number" is because they might not want anyone to know their waist size. For some people, saying you wear a size 12 is better than saying you have a 34 inch waist.

What to do ? Buy the pants that best flatter your figure. Then... cut out the tags.

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3/19/13 9:29 A

I have 4 different pairs of jeans all different sizes. I have a size 14,12,11,and10, and all of them fit. When i bought the 14's I was so upset. I couldn't believe I had gained that much weight. But that wasn't really it. It's just the company and how they size their jeans. I think it's unfair to us as women that the companies Can do this. Men don't have this issue, their pants size are the same in whatever style or manufacturer they use. Go figure.... emoticon

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3/19/13 9:21 A

I have realized that myself. With a little research some time ago I found out, as everyone else has said, that it really depends on the manufacturer. The reasoning behind it though, I have no idea. It will always be a mystery to me.

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3/18/13 8:18 P

I have read where it depends on the manufacturer; if the owner or CEO gains weight, they want to change the sizes to make themselves feel better. How true this is, I don't know, but I did hear this. Sizes are going to be different for different manufacturers anyway (I've never seen that much of a swing though).

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3/18/13 7:00 P

Hi Penny,

The biggest reason I believe...there is no standard size amongst manufacturers...I wear anything from a size 4 to an 8 in pants/jeans and it all depends on the style and manufacturer. I wrote a blog about this topic for our sister site the dailySpark and sadly some clothing manufacturers have taken on vanity sizing as a way to sell their clothes...making the tag size smaller but not the a size 8 today may be equal to a size 10 years ago. It's crazy. But just like we should not let the scale define us, nor should we let a tag.

Just my two cents!

Coach Nancy

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3/18/13 6:41 P

This is not an emergency. Just wanting some feedback. Currently, I wear a size 14 in slacks.
I have to get a size 18 in denim / non elastic jeans. Why is this? Anyone else have this issue?

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