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NIRERIN
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10/22/13 7:30 A

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why is a men's small always a small? because women have vanity sizing, not actual sizing. some genius years ago figured out that women are very conscious of the number or letter that comes on the tag and so figured if they made the smaller numbers fit a larger person that more women would want to buy their clothing. and once one company did it the rest followed. but since they each did it their own way rather than as an industry that means that none of the sizes really match anymore. to add even more confusion they've had to add in lower sizes down to 000 and xxxs to accommodate those very petite women who used to be able to wear smalls and extra smalls. which since a number of manufacturers didn't want to use xxxs and 000, means they had to scale some of their sizes back down to keep those customers who would otherwise look like they were playing dress up in their mother's clothing in the new smalls. and trying to find that balance means that they shift their sizes every few years.

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10/22/13 6:27 A

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idk... I looked at the size charts. The only women's things where a small was a 0 - 4 (that I saw) was the capris, and the description notes that these are Bella brand, which run small. Even the ladies fitted tees.... the description with the size charts notes that these run small, order a size up. I'd agree that it seems like the typical, non uniform type sizing. Why is a men's small always a small, but a women's small can sometimes actually be an extra-small, depending on the brand. It's as though every manufacturer gets to decide how small a "small" is.

(Whew, now the word "small" seems really strange, after saying it so many times!)

And of course there are women who are a 0. Even if the "average" woman was a size 14 -16, that doesn't mean all the slim women need to be skipped, and sizes started larger. I'd have to say that *most* of the time, 0-4 is an extra small, and small starts around a size 6 or 4-6. Medium can be 8-10 or 10-12, depends on the brand. You have to read the descriptions of the fit carefully, and look at the measurements given for the sizes. I saw several women's tees that went up to 4x.

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ETHELMERZ
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10/21/13 10:06 P

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Average woman actually wears a 16-18 nowadays, it was a 12 way back in the "I Love Lucy" days.........................just saying................



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10/21/13 9:53 P

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Not all of us are overweight. Some of us are at goal and wear size 0 to 4.



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10/21/13 8:25 P

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I have to admit that I do find the sizing kind of obnoxious as well. I ordered a large t-shirt, which is what I wear in pretty much everything, and it was VERY tight. I lost some weight and it fit better, and then I washed it and it shrunk. Very disappointing.

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10/21/13 8:01 P

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www.sparkpeoplestore.com/product.cfm?uid=1
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Goes up to 4x.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.


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10/21/13 7:41 P

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no the womens shirt



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10/21/13 7:26 P

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There's only 1 shirt that doesn't go up to a 5x. I don't think this is a big deal.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.


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10/21/13 5:51 P

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This tee? www.sparkpeoplestore.com/product.cfm?uid=6
11983&context=&showInactive=N


It goes to 5x....? Seems like the size range small-to-5x would cover off the vast majority of us?

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I went to the shopping page to reward myself with a SPARK tee only to discover that for women the typical unrealistic size chart is present. The average woman is a size 12 yet the small is a 0-4. A zero? really? The biggest tee is an 18. Well I guess this gal wont be sporting any SPARK wear any time soon. Im REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I actually thought the owner/creator/employees had some idea of who they were marketing to. OVERWEIGHT people.



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