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Friday, May 18, 2012

The better question is this: What size do I wear?

Today I have on my one pair of jeans that I bought at Macy's a few pounds ago. They're the stretchy, forgiving type, and they're size 14. 14?! WTH? Earlier this week I was wearing a pair of size 8 Alfani pants, also bought at Macy's. Another day I wore a size 8 skirt from Orvis with a size M top from Eddie Bauer bought 20 years ago to go with size 12 pants. Yesterday, I went back to Orvis to return a vest I realized didn't match my style and tried on another skirt and blouse. I went home with a size 6 in each.

So...6 to 14...what size do I wear? I realize the clothing industry has supersized clothing over the last couple of decades, but can't the industry agree on some standard for size? It used to be easy...order the XL out of the catalog of slightly baggy styles that covered a multitude of sins, especially my hips. Now, I can't possibly order from a catalog because even the measurements guide isn't all that accurate.

This isn't a rant blog, but rather one questioning the clothing industry. On the positive side, I absolutely love being able to go into a store and try on things and THEN have to ask the salesperson to bring me a smaller size. That's as good a reward as the new clothes themselves!
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  • NANDA82
    Such a good question! Unfortunately I think nobody knows the answer, even those who were supposed to know... the clothing industry. I'm sure they're are losing tons of money by not standardizing women's sizes as many of us refrain from ordering online, even with the measurement guides. And yes, it does feel great asking salespeople to bring smaller sizes! That's a great ego booster! emoticon
    2160 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    My feeling is if they can standardized men's sizes, they should be able to do the same for women. Come up worth something and use it universally!
    2161 days ago
    Not much to do...
    I find companies like Women Within make clothes with a more generous fit. Think it keeps the customers happy and coming back.

    2161 days ago
    I am so impressed with your weight loss journey but more importantly the way you have met your goals along the way and set out rewards accordingly.. emoticon

    I also wonder about the clothing industry. I also have always ordered the XL - and a lot of it still fits (loosely) but the size charts when I look online to order something are weird. You have to go and try on in person I find - and a lot of the XL's now will fit me in the shoulders but hang around the armpits and bust. LOL!! I really wish there was some standardized sizing. I think a lot of the clothing is getting made in Asia and India and the sizing is helter - skelter. Too bad most of the stuff made at home (US and Canada) carries such a hefty price tag I can't justify buying it. Anyway, congrats again - good luck in meeting your remaining goals. That's my rant for the day!
    2161 days ago
    I so agree! I can range from a 10 to a 14, depending on what it is and where I bought it.

    emoticon on having to ask for smaller sizes...regardless of the number! You are really looking awesome!
    2161 days ago
    I would love to wear an 8 or 6 or even a 10. LOL I totally agree with you about sizing and I think it has definitely gotten worse over the years!!!
    2161 days ago
    Good question....the clothing industry is try to flatter Americans getting heavier by the decade. I distinctly remember when I was a kid (okay, 40+ years ago!) my mom, about 5 feet tall, about 103 pounds, wearing a size 10! Today, someone of that size would be a 2 or 4, or maybe even zero!
    I don't think the right people will change, but standardization would help us all!!!

    2161 days ago
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