Really, Size 10 is an Extra Large?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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 emoticon emoticon

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?
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    There used to be uniform sizing in America. It would be great to see those standards come back. Consumers have a right to expect to see equal sizing rules in each store that they go to, even online. Their used to be a garment worker's union that regulated all that. But the government has stripped it of all of its powers.

    It's called Vanity Sizing when a retailer takes a large thing, like a size 18 blouse, and labels it as something smaller like size 14. I don't know what the term is for when they take a size Small and say that it's Medium. But I know I wouldn't shop there!
    1174 days ago
    More truth than fiction.
    The more expensive the store...... the smaller the size you will wear.

    3036 days ago
  • SHASTA11
    Upscale stores like Nordstroms size their clothes differently to give the impression you are wearing a smaller size. I think they've always done this. Yes, you have to be careful and check an on-line site's size charts.
    3040 days ago
    If you figure out where everyone is shopping, let me know. I think most people are "obese" and yet there are only a few racks of clothes for us at Walmart, Target, Sears, etc.
    3041 days ago
    Wow :( That's the worst sizing I've ever seen. Since when is a 10-12 and XL??? Reminds me of when I went shopping for a dress in a Betsey Johnson store -- there was nothing over a size 10. Seriously?! I think you're right about designers not wanting to see their styles on anyone "too big".
    3041 days ago
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