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Old 09-17-2013, 01:16 AM
Location: ATL
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I'm not sure but it's absolutely ridiculous. I normally wear a size ZERO (or 26") in pants. The other day I put on a pair of vintage jeans which fit me fine. I looked to check the size......they were a 12 The vanity sizing really is out of control. But you have to remember people really are getting bigger as well...
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:34 AM
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Our shops here in the UK are different sizings... whether to please people or not Im not sure but a 10 in a young girls shop is differnet too from a womans 10.. shape changes, arms, middle of body all change as we age and I think some shops cater for this..
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:51 AM
Location: not where you are
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Originally Posted by orangeapple View Post
I have a vintage dress from the 1950s that is marked a size 8 - it fits the same as some modern size 0 & 2 dresses I have, although it is even smaller in the waist than my modern dresses (which I LOVE - so hard to find clothes with nipped in waists). My other vintage clothes I still own do not have the tag in them...

Since I used to buy & sell a lot of vintage though, though, I noticed these general equivalents:
1950/60s Size............Size NOW

Also, the waists were much smaller in proportion to the hips/bust, so for each of those, the smaller So yeah, vanity sizing is real & the extent of it depends on where you shop.

WOW! to think when I was in my 20's I was anywhere from a size 2 to 6. I wondered when did people start shrinking to these -0 sizes, it was difficult for me to fathom. This whole vanity sizing thing just makes me nauseous. I rather know the real deal than to have it sugar coated; has my arse gotten too big for my old jeans? Just give it to me straight, size up or lose already dangit, but lets not pretend. Maybe this has helped with the great spread in this country, people thought, well, I'm not gaining any weight, I still wear the same size I wore several years ago. !&#$%!#bleep, bleep, bleep

The pulling wool over the eyes has probably had more of the opposite affect than the marketers were hoping for as far as increasing sales. A person will try on so many sizes before getting frustrated and walk out the store with zip, zero items. I worked in the clothing industry, I wasn't blind, but by the time vanity sizing took effect, I was working with plus market, so I didn't really notice to what degree the change took place.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:24 PM
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My wedding dress in 1974 was a size 5. It still fits me. Tody I am a size 1 or 0. Lost weight? Actually, I am about 5 lbs. heavier. "Thank you, Vanity Sizing". NOT. I am a size 5 or 5.5 shoe. Trying on shoes this week, size 5 designer shoes were flopping off me. Lost weight on my FEET? Please don't make shoes bigger too. I don't want to wear Barbie shoes when I am a Senior.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:01 PM
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When women think they're smaller than they actually are, they tend to buy more clothing. It's marketing.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:17 PM
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I've been noticing medium sized shirts for men getting larger and longer. Particularly polos, which I need for work. It sucks for me, because I can't wear small, and large is ridiculous for me. Medium used to be perfect. I could wear a medium and it didn't have to be fitted or any particular shape. Just straight up medium.
I went replinish my polo stock the other day (various stores) and ALL of them are baggy.

TRUST ME... I'm not losing weight...
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:26 PM
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It seems to me that online sales would skyrocket if we knew exactly what size we were across the board; ie., we'd be more willing to take the risk of buying something online without being able to try it on, and having it fit.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:47 PM
Location: NoVa
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Originally Posted by NJBest View Post
This is a problem for guys as well. Medium is not the same across all different brands. However, it's the same within brands. Once you know your size for a particular brand you should be good to go. I currently wear 3 different brands of clothing... which might be a little excessive. But it's not hard to remember 3 sizes.

That's how I go about it, at least.
Yea, I was going to say the same thing about the mens. My SO usually sticks with the same brand and fit and can normally get the same size. If he goes away from that it is a whole different ball park.

I detest shopping due to the sizing.
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