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Inconsistency in clothing sizes

Friday, June 17, 2011

I have a pair of gray slacks from the Limited that are a size 14. I put them on this morning and as soon as I got to work, the darn things started falling off of me. I thought, "Super! My size 14 pants are too big for me!" Then I started thinking about all the jeans I have at home that I've been waiting to wear again. Size 13 Levi's, size 10 Banana Republics, my size 12 black skinny jeans. I can't wait to wear them!

Then I start thinking, wait a second, my pair of size 14 Banana Republic slacks are so tight for the first day I wear them that it's almost uncomfortable. Why on earth are those size 14s not too big but these Limited ones are?

Why do pants sizes have to be so inconsistent? I know it doesn't matter what the size label says, because no one sees it but you (and I would never squeeze into pants too small for me just to be wearing a smaller size), but still. It's so discouraging to see that pants size not go down at certain stores. I don't understand why we can't have a consistent standard sizing chart. Do those expensive labels want women to feel bad about themselves? Is that it? I mean, heck, Marilyn Monroe was a size 8 in her day. Now, she'd be a size 14. Why?!

Sorry. Frustration of the day.

But on the bright side, those gray slacks are still too big for me! emoticon
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    I totally understand your frustration. When I worked for a junior retailer, I asked the same question of our company. Basically, it depends on where the clothes are made. Companies based out of the West Coast (Forever 21, Charlotte Ruse, etc) run smaller, because their target market is smaller (whether this is true or not, I'm not sure, but its how it works). This is especially true if a company is international and has a lot of business in areas of the world that are smaller. Companies based in the Midwest (Vanity) tend to order up, so they fit bigger people. So, an XL at Vanity would be an XXL or even XXXL at another company. Really, it drives me crazy (especially now that I'm living in Korea, where I can't buy anything because a large here is a small back home!). emoticon
    2001 days ago
    I feel the same way. I'm a size 14 in jeans but had to order my wedding dress in an 18... Kinda made me feel bad... Shouldn't the bride be able to feel GOOD? Haha. I don't understand it but I'm all for making a more universal sizing chart.
    2002 days ago
    Yeah, it's a pain to think about the different sizes when they all have the same number.
    2003 days ago
    I have the same problem! I'm normally a size 11/12. They are starting to fall off of me! I go to the store to find some other pants and I can't even get my thigh to fit into some of the 11/12's. "Size" doesn't really matter though. I would rather look incredible in a bigger pair of pants then look decent in the same pair of pants but smaller size. It is very nice and accomplishing to fit into the smaller ones though!
    2003 days ago
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