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Old 03-08-2017, 01:58 PM
 
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Hi Riaelise,
Sizes are a ballpark, not an absolute. Between vanity sizing, inconsistencies in manufacturing/ lack of standards everything needs to be tried on first.


Fashion and how something is cut also matters. Just because something is in style or fits I won't necessarily wear it. I wear what looks good and feels good period. That being said I'm fed up with certain companies and their marketing- why does an A cup skeletal woman get featured modeling a "plus size/ curvy" bra? Why is it assumed all women have narrow feet, small feet, small ear canals? Unless a woman has fake boobs if she is a DDD or EEE cup, her band size for a bra is not likely a 32.


I've been all different sizes and I can safely say few women are happy with swimsuits, jeans or bras no matter what their size.
I want to learn to make my own clothes!
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:56 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Maybe it's because I'm older, but I don't feel bad for having to select the size 10 vs. the 8 if the 10 flatters more.
Gee, now you're just bragging.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Gee, now you're just bragging.
No I'm not, I swear!
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Hi Riaelise,
Sizes are a ballpark, not an absolute. Between vanity sizing, inconsistencies in manufacturing/ lack of standards everything needs to be tried on first.


Fashion and how something is cut also matters. Just because something is in style or fits I won't necessarily wear it. I wear what looks good and feels good period. That being said I'm fed up with certain companies and their marketing- why does an A cup skeletal woman get featured modeling a "plus size/ curvy" bra? Why is it assumed all women have narrow feet, small feet, small ear canals? Unless a woman has fake boobs if she is a DDD or EEE cup, her band size for a bra is not likely a 32.


I've been all different sizes and I can safely say few women are happy with swimsuits, jeans or bras no matter what their size.
I want to learn to make my own clothes!
Couldn't agree more. Clothes shopping = love/hate regardless of size. Always have to try on.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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A 29 in jeans will fit me across the board EXCEPT with Gap. I hate their vanity sizing.

I accidently grabbed my white gap jeans and took them with me to Miami and they were the only thing I had to wear (thought they were my Top Shop jeans). They were so baggy and frumpy that I tripped on the leg while carrying coffee and spilled it all over me.
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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The best jeans for the fit for me were VS London jean. They fit my hips and waist. I could get them in long length. They were perfect. I went to order another pair and discovered they no longer sell clothes

London jeans were made and marketed for VS.

Onto the new hunt for the perfect jean. I hate shopping.

Still haven't found a place that works for me. The discrepancy in sizing makes it even more difficult. If I ever find another brand that works, I will go back to ordering online again. Till then I will make my rare shopping trips to the stores.

I hate shopping.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I always believed that to tight looks terrible whereas to big is acceptable, especially on woman.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Greater LA area
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I don't care about the size. I have had 4-10 without losing/gaining any weight. It's all over the place.


In the US I am size S, in Europe I am size M. Don't care.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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The funny thing about all this is I have no clue what size I am! I have dresses that are a size 2 (?!?!?!) I've never been a 2. I think I skipped that size growing up.

I go into a store and have no idea where to begin looking. I have long legs and small frame.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:44 AM
 
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Women's sizing has changed AT LEAST twice since I started buying my own clothing in the 70s. What was a 6 turned into a 4, and then they did it again. So a size 8 in 1970 is now a size 4.

So certainly there is an issue of vanity involved, but the thing that bugs me about women's sizing is that it is and always has been so INCONSISTENT. A man can go buy a 32L and be sure that the next 32L is still a 32L. A size 14 shirt with 30" sleeve length 20 years ago is still a 14 with 30" sleeve length now.

This is why I HATE buying mail order clothing. I wear any of at least 3 different sizes and there is no telling which one until I actually try it on - or better, WASH it first and then see if it still fits.

Shoe sizes for women have also changed. Coming out of high school I wore an 11. Now I wear a 9.5 or 10, sometimes even a 9. I guarantee you my feet have not shrunk.
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