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Old 10-11-2011, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I'm a 5'8" 165 guy who recently needed to buy new clothes after losing some weight. I went to the GAP only to discover I'm now a size small, rather than the medium I'd expected would fit. I don't think I'm a small person but apparently the GAP thinks I am. Is this "downsizing" now commonplace? Is it supposed to make me want to shop there because I fit into a smaller size?
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Palm Beach County
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I'm a 5'8" 165 guy who recently needed to buy new clothes after losing some weight. I went to the GAP only to discover I'm now a size small, rather than the medium I'd expected would fit. I don't think I'm a small person but apparently the GAP thinks I am. Is this "downsizing" now commonplace? Is it supposed to make me want to shop there because I fit into a smaller size?
I just means that different designers sizes vary. I can be anywhere from a 4 - 8; depending who makes the clothes.

I wouldn't put too much thought into this.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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YES! This "vanity sizing" has been going on for a few years now. I used to wear a size 4 (and can still wear it in the "old" sizing) but now have to buy a 0 or 2 depending on the clothing line.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Susquehanna River, Union Co, PA
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I ran into that problem with Gap and Levis, I could be a size X one year but when I reordered size X in the future they would be different.

Frankly I thought it was a quality control problem. These companies buy 'lots' of orders from different unrelated factories and as long as the lot is consistent, it seems they don't care about continuity from one year to the next. For example, I once bought a pair of pants from an online retailer and liked them very much, so I bought an identical pair a few months later and they looked the same with the same pattern and color, but the fabric was drastically different - much more elastic and lighter weight. I was told that one was made to fulfill orders earlier in the season and the other was to respond to the garment's popularity - I got a refund, of course, which seems to be easier than making sure the clothes are uniform in quality. Most US retailer are actually an arm of some bank, it seems to me.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: US
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Yes its totally out of control. Most women's cuts are too large. I'm small but I am not bone thin. I keep jeans a long time. I have a closet that ranges from 0-11. Granted the 11s are baggy but they are so much smaller than the new 11s. My old 4s are = to most 0s.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Yes, vanity sizing is quite common. I've noticed in women's clothing for years and more recently in men's clothing as well. - I shop for my husband (mostly picking up work clothes at Costco) and have noticed that even men's trousers which are marked by waist/inseam can vary greatly.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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While I greatly dislike the degree by which sizing has changed, it's to be expected. The average person is larger in size, so makers of clothing have to shift their sizes to maintain balance and keep waste to a minimum. All I can be thankful for is that I've yet to see any significant shift in pattern sizing. In patterns, the only thing that has changed are my measurements.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I'm a 5'8" 165 guy who recently needed to buy new clothes after losing some weight. I went to the GAP only to discover I'm now a size small, rather than the medium I'd expected would fit. I don't think I'm a small person but apparently the GAP thinks I am. Is this "downsizing" now commonplace? Is it supposed to make me want to shop there because I fit into a smaller size?
The funny thing is that the more expensive clothes usually are true to size or even small. You'd think these brands would want customers to feel better about themselves even more...
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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It has always varied by brand for me. One thing I never understood was why they don't size women's pants the same way they size men's pants.
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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While I greatly dislike the degree by which sizing has changed, it's to be expected. The average person is larger in size, so makers of clothing have to shift their sizes to maintain balance and keep waste to a minimum. All I can be thankful for is that I've yet to see any significant shift in pattern sizing. In patterns, the only thing that has changed are my measurements.
My wife's been sewing for years and said that pattern sizes have changed as well. However, just in women's apparel. I'd heard this happening in the numbered sizes for women but hadn't in the world of mens S,M,L, etc. sizes.
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