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likely an un-popular topic...vanity sizing

OK - so I went out this past weekend to get a few new things to wear to work and some new jeans. Everything I bought was a size 4 (various brands, varios stores).

Now as thrilled as I am to be in such a small size, I know I'm not a 4. In fact I've been smaller then this and my clothes were 8s.

I think I'd actually rather buy the real size then to be flattered. And what are the tiny people wearing - because it certainly isn't a 4....

Thu. Feb 16, 5:32pm

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There seems to be a lot more people at size zero than ever before!! My size 3/4 I wore 13 years ago would probably be considered a size zero now! I need to dig out those measurements and see!

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 5:46 PM

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Vanity Sizing

We pretty much only do it in america. I went to London last fall, and when I tried on my typical 10's and they didn't fit. In a nonvanity size I was a 14! That made me feel fat. My goal is to be in the single digits (nonvanity size) ergo -- a size 4 american = a size 8 in england. The average model used to be a size 6, and now they are a size 0 =) This isn't necessarily because models have gotten thinner; it is because sizing has changed.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 5:48 PM

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Erm, the England vs US discrepancy has nothing to do with vanity sizing. It's just that the US has a different size chart to the UK (it's the same for shoes or bras, the same numbers/letters mean different measurements in the different countries).

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 6:09 PM

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I agree on the vanity sizing issue--

I found an old paper dress pattern from the 1940s at a garage sale--the inch size is a 34 chest, but If I remember correctly, the 'dress size" was a 16...

I recently bought some jeans and was amazed at the differences between brands. AxCess by Liz Claiborne (from Kohl's) is totally vanity sized. A size 12 seems more like a 14 / 15 in other sizes

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 8:02 PM

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I know. When looking at the height/weight thread, what I've been most surprised by is the women wearing size 4 and 6 at much higher weights than I was when I wore those sizes.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 8:06 PM

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le Chateau now has size xxxs. Ridiculous. The obsession with being small instead of healthy is insane. But sizes differ based upon the market- le chateau is aimed at younger people, who are typically smaller. I shop at Sears- in their Jessica brand, I'm a size 12, in Nevada brand, a size 14, and Tradition (not that I wear it...) I'd be a 10 or 8. Really, as women we need to forget about what the size on the garment says, and worry about how our clothes FIT. Feel good about your body and who cares what number a manufactureer puts on it.
(Oh, and I have a 34" waist, but my 32" jeans are loose- yeah, like that makes sense...)

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 8:13 PM

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ugh, get this... I buy a size 12 bottoms in the store and I just started sewing. My pattern size is 18. Reality check!! :)

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 8:17 PM

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tell me about it!!! I was wearing a size 16, and according to the pattern, my measurements made me a size 26!!! I couldn't believe it!

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 8:45 PM

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when my mother was my age...

My mom never gloats and unfortunately she's no longer in the best of health, bu t once in a while we'll get talking and she'll say that when she was in her 20's (where I am now) she was between 130-140 lbs and wore a size 14! I was sporting a 14 at almost 200 lbs in high school! That's a hugh difference. Now I'm 167 (ten years later) and I'm in a twelve but I'll probably be in a 10 around 155-160. If I ever get down to the 130s or 140s I bet I'll be an 8. These hips aren't ever getting into a six, no matter how "vain" the sizing!!

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 9:05 PM

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I usually have to shop at the fat ladies store. so last weekend I discovered a completely new size had appeared since the last time I shopped there. 0x. what the heck size is that??

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 9:06 PM

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