Sunday, June 14, 2009

Why can't they agree on women's clothing sizes

Today I was sorting through some of my clothes so I could make room for three more thrift store finds and started looking at the sizes in my closet. I have blouses marked M, some marked XL or X1, some are marked 14, 16 and 18 and one top marked 10 and they all fit me. I have jeans ranging from 12 to 16 but when I recently made a pair of pants I cut it out at size 14 and it fit. Why this inconsistancy?

My husband can walk in a store and buy clothes and walk out without trying them on, his sizes always seem the same but I can't they are all over the map.

When I bought some T-Shirts last summer I fit a size 10 and I mentioned to the sales woman that the sizing must be wrong as I have never been a 10 and she said that some clothing companies are changing sizes so heavier women will think they still fit into a smaller size. Do they think we are fools? I don't consider myself very overweight, about ten stubborn pounds that nothings seems to shift but at 62 maybe those ten are OK but I don't like not being able to just walk into a store and buy something without having to try the darn thing on. It also makes reading sewing patterns difficult so I end up cutting things to big and gradually fitting them.

One of life's little annoyances.


Smalltown RN said...

Oh I hate shopping for clothes now...I know exactly what you are saying I was hanging laundry on the line and I noticed that I had three pairs of pants on the line all that I wear on a regular basis but all of varying sizes....small, med and no I can't for the life of me figure it out and hence I don't buy clothes very often as I have no idea what size I am anymore...and well it's just to darn frustrating and depressing...

SizeTracker said...

Hi Berni,
I think that designers/brands want to have their own style or fit, or appeal to a certain clientele. By doing this though, they make it incredibly difficult to find thinks that fit. Of course, I will hunt for the right fit to suit my body type, while my husband doesn't seem to mind a loose-fitting t-shirt - any old size will do. Thanks for the post.
Stormy, SizeTracker Blog

Joy said...

I'm totally with you on this one. I wear a size 4 in one particular brand. Of course they are trying to psych us out. There is no way I can normally pull a 4 off of a store shelf and be able to fit it.
My closet is as crazy as your. From 4 - 10's.
I agree its frustrating.


Liz said...

I am sure that companies are making their clothes bigger but with smaller sizes. Still I won't complain as it makes me feel good (even if I know they're fibbing!)

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