I'vI like to online shop, and have learned to check out the sizing information before deciding what size to buy. Still, ordering xl on some websites has brought me shirts that wouldn't fit my 100-lb neice, requiring returns and lost shipping fees. It can be a guessing game.
This morning I'm checking out Nordstrom's web site, and come across this explanation of sizes:
Junior sizing: XS=0, S=1-3, M=5-7, L=9-11, XL=13.
Women's sizing: S=00-0, M=2-4, L=6-8, XL=10-12
A woman's size large is actually a size 6 - 8? I remember being a size 6-8, and I was considered skinny, weighing in at between 117-123 on a 5'7" frame. Are they telling us anyone larger than skinny needs an extra large, or to shop the plus-size departments?
I've noticed this trend for quite some time now, and it always makes me wonder: If half of Americans are overweight, who's making clothes for us? Do designers just not want to see their styles on anyone larger than a 6 - 8? And how is this for juniors, in my opinion more overweight than my generation at that age, to be told at size 13 that they're extra large?
I am now sometimes able to clothes in the regular women's departments, sometimes not, and I do look forward to knowing when I find clothes I like they will be made in my size. But being on this side of it, I have to wonder: What is going on? Where are most "obese" Americans shopping? And what messages are young women getting about their bodies?