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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 If you dig down to the last NBS voluntary standard (withdrawn in 1983), which is linked to from these pages if you dig hard, the misses' standard size 12 is supposed to fit 35-26-37, 5'4", 125 pounds.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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