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What's with all the size 4 pants?

You know when you shop through the racks at the store and all you see is the smaller sizes? I mean 00... a size? C'mon.. but anyways. I was like wow stupid size 4 pants... so many of them, where is the 10-14 sizes!!!!... until I realized... wait a minute... they were probably all bought by people who are my size!!!! I'm Not Alone!!!! I asked the sales lady and they say they get 5 of every pant and 8 of every pant after size 8... meaning there is Far more people above size 8 then below! In theory of course :)

Just a post for thought...

Mon. Jul 17, 10:39am

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i notice that especially when it's end of season. all the stuff left on sale is a 4... i felt the same "i am not alone" feeling... the constant media focus on being tall, thin, lean, with long flowing hair has got to stop!

Monday, July 17, 2006, 11:19 AM

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That's sad- I'm a size 10 myself and I feel very fat.

When you think about it, it's even more upsetting since the clothing companies are making "vanity" sizing the norm... so a size 10 really is what? A size 12, 14, even 16? I've heard this is an issue even with men's clothing- a streight forward 32" waist is really more like a 33" or 34". It's so sad.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 11:24 AM

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Okay, I don't want to make anyone feel bad, but I have been on both sides of the coin here. When I wore size 8 pants, there were NONE on the racks. I figured it was an average size, so most people probably wore it and there were none left.

Now that I have lost weight, I wear all those small sizes you are talking about and all I can find on the rack is size 6-8.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 12:51 PM

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I can understand your frustration.

I usually wear either a 2 or a 4 - and we need clothes too. I don't think you should be angry at the media because there are small sizes on the rack. Some of us are small, some are big - we all need clothes.

I used to be 200 pounds - clearly I am not anymore. I want to be able to find stuff in my size too. And I sometimes go to a rack and can't fine my size either. It works both ways!

Monday, July 17, 2006, 1:19 PM

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Remember that stores size really differently too. Want to feel skinny? Go shop at Banana Republic. A 14 anywhere else is like a 10 or 12 there. I wear a 6 or 8 in most stores (Gap, Ann Taylor, Macy's INC, Old Navy) but I wear a 2 or 4 at Banana.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 1:27 PM

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um, the original post was about ONLY being able to find small sizes - that the 8s and above sell out. so the last 3 posters, what you are saying is, you're size 0-4 and you can't find clothes, either? fine. don't jump all over the people that aren't there and feel like that's all they see.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 2:54 PM

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Average size US person is a 14/16

Average size US person is a 14/16 -- or in some stores an 18/20.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 4:55 PM

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why is it that I can never find any mediums in the clearence!?

Monday, July 17, 2006, 5:57 PM

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Old Navy is actually the worst store for inconsistent sizing. One of their managers told me that they use multiple factories for the same piece of clothing, so you might have two of the "same" medium tank top in your hand, but they could have been made in different countries, and the sizes will look radically different. (happened to me - I had two "medium" tank tops with the same style # on the tag, but one was four or five inches longer than the other).

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 8:45 AM

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I have that all the time too! I'm like uhh this one is a mile long and loose... and this one is very short and tight, both medium, both regular length, and both "supposedly" the same company!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 8:47 AM

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2:54 poster: Yes, now that I wear size 0, all that I can find is BIGGER sizes, in particular size 8 which I used to wear before.. When I was a bigger size, all I could find was smaller sizes. It's like whatever you are looking for isn't there...murphy's law.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 8:52 AM

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Yeah I can't shop clearance racks cause the only things left are the WAY too small like what you've noticed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 8:53 AM

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I checked out a le chateau clearance outlet- all bottoms were size 3 and under, or 11-15. I spent an hour and a half shopping and couldn't find anything that fit (odd thing in my size, but nothing was a good cut)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 10:49 AM

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Nobody was jumping all over the original posters - it's simply fact that everybody, at all sizes sometimes, has a tough time finding clothes that fit.

I go to racks looking for a small size and can sometimes only find 10's and 12's.

I think we're just pointing out that you're going to have difficulty no matter what size you are at. No need to get so defensive.

Thursday, July 20, 2006, 4:10 PM

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Maybe it's the type of clothes?

Like sometimes I went for nice fitting pants for my size... and all those sizes would be gone... but if you go to a really trim fitting top that may not look good on a bigger size.. all they have is L and XL etc.... now that I say that it does make a lot of sense...

Friday, July 21, 2006, 7:58 AM

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Uhh, that's not Murphy's law

Murphy's law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."


Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 9:31 PM

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It's so true that everyone has one problem or another. I'm a size 4... ...petite. Can't ever find the good stuff in petite sizes. I can get alterations done on hem length, but so often the clothes are then not proportioned as intended.

I do think that stores often don't have sufficient inventory on hand, which means they seem to always be sold out in many sizes. Somehow, I can always find a 0 or a 2!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 11:43 PM

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I agree with the PP. I've noticed that it's slim pickings at a lot of stores because they are ordering less so they have less inventory. If I see something I think I want, I don't hesitate to buy it. I'd rather return it than come back and they're all picked over.

Regarding size availability, I used to be a 16 or 1X and could never find anything in the stores. Now I'm a size 2 or 4 (thank you PT!) and I still have trouble finding anything that fits. Because of vanity sizing, a size 4 at Kohls or Walmart is way too big on me, and they don't sell 2's or 0's. It's very frustrating to finally get where you want to be, and still nothing fits!

I'm so glad a PP posted that about Old Navy's sizes. I thought I was going crazy when my child's size 14 jeans were all skin tight and we bought new 16's. Most of the 16's are HUGE, and one pair is super tight. Now I know we must try on every garment b4 we buy it at Old Navy.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 8:10 AM

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I wear the smaller sizes, but depending on where I shop, I have a hard time finding the 4's. At Old Navy, not problem, plenty of 4's. At department stores like Belk, I never find the smaller sizes. Caveat: I don't shop in the Jr. department anymore if I can help it. Quality stinks and pants just aren't supposed to show your butt crack!

I'm also not a real size 4...vanity sizing is amazing. I'd say I'm more a 6/8.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 8:33 AM

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I think what we've learned here is that obesity is costing americans even more! Bigger people pay retail. Smaller people pay clearance!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 12:47 PM

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medium people pay retail

extra small people and bigger people pay clearance

Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 3:04 PM

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