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Old 08-27-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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I put on an old skirt this morning, I bought it from Wal-Mart in 1999, size 12/36. Currently, I fit into size 6/8 bottoms, and SP or sometimes XSP in tops, depending on the fit.

I am trying to remember when exactly vanity sizing started. Because that is quite a difference in sizes, and they both sizes fit me just fine, in fact, some size 8 pants are a little loose in the waist.

Unless of course the skirt is juniors? But I thought junior sizing was odd numbered.

Anyone remember when exactly this vanity sizing got so crazy?
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It's even worse for junior sizes. My daughter fits everything from a 3 to a 9, depending on the brand. When she wore kids' sizes, I could buy for her without her having to try anything on, but now she's got to try it all because we can't tell about the sizes.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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It's been going on forever. Apparently, in the US sizes were never standardized. It's a pain, for sure. But even worse when a company you know and trust messes with the sizes and you have to start over.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It's funny, I think they're even doing it for men. My MIL saves everything and she gave me a pair of hubby's jeans from 1992. They're a 36, same as he wears now, but they're about 3" smaller in the waistband than his current bunch of size 36 jeans.

I don't think I'll tell him though.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Have clothing sizes changed over the years?

What is going on with sizing?

There are numerous threads on this (listed 2)
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:31 PM
 
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I put on an old skirt this morning, I bought it from Wal-Mart in 1999, size 12/36. Currently, I fit into size 6/8 bottoms, and SP or sometimes XSP in tops, depending on the fit.

I am trying to remember when exactly vanity sizing started. Because that is quite a difference in sizes, and they both sizes fit me just fine, in fact, some size 8 pants are a little loose in the waist.

Unless of course the skirt is juniors? But I thought junior sizing was odd numbered.

Anyone remember when exactly this vanity sizing got so crazy?
About 20 years ago. It's been around awhile.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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It's been around for a while and it is annoying. Men wouldn't stand for the sizing mayhem that ensues, but heavy women apparently find it flattering to think they're a smaller size.

Years ago I was thumbing through old magazines at a local antique shop and came across a "Readers Digest" from the 60s with "How to get to a size 8 by summer" as a feature article. The cover model was pretty skinny, too. That's not what I think of when I see today's "size 8," either.

Also, hearing that Oprah had worn a "size 10" dress to an event just a few years back reinforced that yes, vanity sizing does exist.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:13 AM
 
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The sizing issue adds to why I don't like shopping. I don't like having to bring in multiple sizes into the dressing room to get the accurate one since the sizes vary so much from store to store.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:15 AM
 
Location: ATL with a side of Chicago
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I'm *guessing* the change in sizing came in the late 90's/early 2000's. In the 80's, there was the ideal of "the perfect size 6". I have a pair of jeans from around 1990 (showing my age, here), that are juniors size 5. Looking at them now, I don't think they're even a 2 in today's sizes.

(I really need to toss those jeans. I just pull them out occasionally and cry.)

Now I just look for size "medium" and skip the numbers, altogether. But even then, I bought a blouse over the summer without trying it on, first, and had to exchange it for a Small. I am NOT a "small" in the blouse-al area. :P
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:24 AM
 
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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.
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