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What waist size is a "size 4"?

Is it a 26 inch waist or 27?

Mon. Oct 23, 10:18am

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Here's a sizing chart - they probably vary a little from store-to-store, though and clothing manufacturer.


Monday, October 23, 2006, 10:57 AM

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That sizing chart is BS because manufacturers keep nudging the sizes up -- I have a 26.8-27" waist and am wearing new "size 4" of most brands very comfortably. I am also wearing my "size 12" retro clothes from the 1980's very comfortably. Hmmm.

Monday, October 23, 2006, 11:07 AM

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when I worked retail a 4 was a 24" waist, 6 a 26" waist, 8 a 28" waist, 10 a 30" wiast, etc., etc.,

Monday, October 23, 2006, 11:09 AM

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My waist is about 26", and I wear a 4 at many places, and a 2 at some. It mostly depends on where the clothes sit on your hips though; I have bigger hips, so clothes that sit lower, I take a bigger size. Clothes that sit closer to your waist, I take a smaller size. I don't think it's really waist size = pants size anymore.

Monday, October 23, 2006, 12:06 PM

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The link below might be interesting; it's a discussion of the history of women's clothes sizing. The changes in sizing over the years are even bigger than you probably thought. If you dig down to the last NBS voluntary standard (withdrawn in 1983), which is linked to from these pages if you dig hard, the misses' standard size 12 is supposed to fit 35-26-37, 5'4", 125 pounds. And this apparently is now a size 4, at least in some lines.


Monday, October 23, 2006, 12:11 PM

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Re. 12:11

11:07 here... ...Ha! So I _am_ a "standard size 12" -- close to perfectly so.

Bought a bunch of new clothes last week, all in "size 4."

Monday, October 23, 2006, 1:08 PM

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Yeah - I was all excited when I fit into some 4's over the weekend even though another section of the store had 8's that were just right. It really makes it hard to shop unless you have hours to try on every different style in 3 different sizes!

And I know I'm not the only one that has the problem of when the pants fit the hips there's at least a 3 inch gap in the waist.

I was thinking they should size pants like they do bras - you know, have a base measurement of the waist and then add a letter like a, b, c, dd, etc for how big your hips are in comparison!!!!

Monday, October 23, 2006, 1:43 PM

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I agree 1:43!!!

I have the same issues!! I have to pin my pants at the waist or go to the seamstress in order to accomodate my hips - unless I want everyone to see my cottage cheese butt which I'd really rather keep hidden for everyone's sake!!!!

Monday, October 23, 2006, 3:01 PM

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I am the total opposite! I have NO hips and really no waist to speak of! My pants end up baggy in the butt and thighs when they fit well in the waist. Sucks!

Monday, October 23, 2006, 3:19 PM

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12:06 - You have a 26" waist and can fit into a 2??? Don't take this personally, but that disgusts me... No offence but a 26 shouldn't be a 2... but that at least better explains how some stores can come up with 00 sizes... And how with a 32 inch waist I can find the odd size 8 that fits...

Monday, October 23, 2006, 3:39 PM

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