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The Great Jean Caper....

Sunday, January 27, 2013

In my closet, I have a pair of ON size 20 (regular) dress pants (big- and old - from 2002), a pair of Levis size 18 (regular) jeans (fitted- and old - from 2004)....

Next up ... I have a pair of Target Marona 18W jeans (baggy), a pair of Kohls size 16 (regular) trouser jeans (fitting pretty good), and a NEW pair of Target Marona size 14 (REGULAR!!!! wooo!) jeans (bit tight) ....

So I analyize all this ... Im not dumb .. I know vanity sizing has gotten out of control. I realize that if this was 2002 ... Id probably be wearing a 18 ... knowng that Levis always ran a bit small.

As it is now Im wearing a 14-16 in pants/jeans

Ok .... so sizes are a bit out of walk ... by about 1-2 sizes ... I get that

So how come I can walk into Target and buy size 14 jeans (again a bit tight but the 16 fit perfectly) ... then walk into Old Navy and I cant get the 14s past my hips.... and the 16 were 3-4 inches from buttoning ....

I alwasy thought ON ran HUGE?! Or is Target now running even bigger? UGHH! I know that at 220 I should nto be fitting into size 14.... but how could I need a size 18 (at least ... I refused to try them on!!!! at ON but fit into a 14 at Target?!)

BUT when I wore the above mentioned very old ON dress patns (size 20) on the day I graduated college.... they fit perfectly at 204 lbs.

I knwo from my fancy scale that Ive lost a tremendous amount of fat and that Im sporting 75 lbs of muscle ... which is probably more than I had back then ... so Im assuming the higher scale slimmer figure has to do with all that ... (remembering that muscle doesnt weight more than fat but takes up less room on the body)

Trying to rationalize this ... ok technically I needed 16 at Target....and perhaps the 18s would of fit at ON ... but doubtful... Im thinking I would of needed at least 20s .... so how can ON be two sizes SMALLER ...

Oh and I tried on three diffferent styles just in case ....

I feel so petty writing this out but I know my SP Friends get this ... we work so hard and we get such a high when we get a smaller size on ... but then .... UGH! Are ON jeans just more designed for "apple" bodies? (I do have a friend thats only a bit smaller than me but wears 2 sizes smaller due to her body shape .... Im the classic hourglass to pear depending on how much excess I have ... right now Im more pear)
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    It's frustrating as heck, isn't it? I happened to go into Old Navy today myself -- for some workout pants as most of my others are falling off of me. I ended up getting a size large. I know that in no other place in the universe do I wear a size large. I'm just not there yet.

    1908 days ago
    Women's clothing is just not fair anyway!! Hold tight to the brand where you can wear the smallest size and just ignore the numbers in any other--you are a size 14 right now (and going down!).
    1912 days ago
  • LISAN0415
    I know what you mean!

    The good news is you know you are making progress, because clothes that didn't fir you a few months ago fit now! In a couple months something else will fit even better and be loose!

    You are doing great, just keep woking your plan and more resulst wil come!

    1912 days ago
    I simply can't explain why sizes are so different between brands. If it helps at all, I usually think that the more expensive the brand, the roomier the cut, and Old Navy is especially cheap, so maybe that's why their clothes run small?
    1912 days ago
    I get frustrated too! Weirdly enough in Old Navy sizes i'm a lot smaller than I am in certain other brands. Don't let the numbers get to you!
    1914 days ago
  • -VIXEN-
    I have always heard ON runs on the small side and the pair I have certainly confirms that!
    1915 days ago
    Your questions at the end are spot on. Certain clothing lines, like shoes, are designed for a specific body type. I shop at Ross and Marshalled where they carry lots of clothing lines. My confirmation of a drop in size has been that several different lines in that size fit. Either way, you are definately smaller, because you see the fat and muscle composition numbers on the scale. Great job!
    1915 days ago
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