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Old 03-08-2017, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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As is the case with many women, I run the gamut when it comes to clothing size depending on the cut, manufacturer, etc. Standard sizing is anything but standard! While it is gratifying to buy a smaller size, I personally prefer to buy something that comfortably fits even if it the larger size. Does size matter to you? Do you need "vanity" sizing? or do you not care as long as it makes you look good?

Just like my weight, I feel a number is just that - a number. 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.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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The only time I care is when the item isn't available in the size that will fit best.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The bottom line is that no one but you sees the tag of your clothes, so it's better to wear something that fits well and flatters than to squeeze yourself into a certain number.

My sister's always been small, but she's thickened a bit as she's approached menopause. It really grinds her gears that she's not an XS anymore. When we're shopping together she still brings them into dressing room. Moments later you hear, "can you get me the other size?"
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:47 AM
 
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The only way that size matters to me is as a means of keeping my weight in check. When buying everything but tops, I go by hip size, so depending on the manufacturer, I am usually a size 6, but sometimes a size 8 (and even a size 10 in one catalog). However, when ALL my size 6's are too tight, and I can't find any size 6 to fit, then I know it's time to diet!
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:52 AM
 
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The only time I care is when the item isn't available in the size that will fit best.
This. Fit is what matters. I have a multitude of sizes in my closet for clothes that I wear - three different numerically, as well as Small through XL. And I have a sports bra that is an XXL. Seriously, wth.

It would be really nice if it were consistent, so I didn't have to bring two or three sizes of every item into the dressing room.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:07 AM
 
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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.
Doesn't bother me, as long as it fits good, although I will admit to being gleeful when I discovered I can fit into a Melissa McCarthy 16 when I normally wear 20W from my other fat-girl-store.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:19 AM
 
Location: On the Candy Eye Island
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I love lose fit!
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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The area where is matters most to me is standardization! Particularly since I straddle plus and misses sizes. Depending on the garment, sometimes I'm in a large but another may be an XL or 1X. Since the selection of plus is usually much different than misses, it can be difficult to find what I might be looking for. If I find a shirt that's a bit snug in a large, chances are I won't find that exact same shirt in a 1X.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:34 AM
 
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Not a woman but speaking for my wife - no. There are no standards in sizing, it is totally meaningless. When someone claims "I went from a 10 to a 7" it means nothing. When someone says "I wear "S"", it means nothing. All these things means are generalities, but given my wife weighs 100lbs, and has sizes of her tight fitting tops ranging from "XXS" to "M" and pants ranging from "000" to "4", there is a lack of standards to establish the numbers or sizing actually mean anything than making a generalization.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:54 AM
 
Location: OHIO
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No, because sizes are all over the place. I have size 0-4 pants. I have shirts XS-M. It just depends on the item and what fit you want.
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