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Old 03-28-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Where do you shop??? Does it seem like clothes are getting bigger? I mean seriously, maybe its because I am in the midwest but I can't find anything to fit me in a size 0! And I am 32, so I am not interested in shopping in the junior's section!

I tried White House Black Market- their size 0 was too big. I tried Limited/Express/Arden B....again all too big. I went into Macys and many of the lines only carry size 2 and up. I asked them why? They said it was just supply and demand...they sell the larger sizes so they stock the larger sizes.

Basically the only clothes I purchase are BEBE in a 0, but it gets old buying the same brand over and over. They do have some higher end items, its not just club clothing, I have well tailored pants and shorts from them but I want to branch out to another brand!

And although I am 5'3" I can not fit into a petite because my inseam is too long...

Maybe my options will grow when we move to Florida in a few months...I hope so but until then any advice?
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:21 PM
 
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Do any of the department stores near you carry any contemporary lines? Those tend to run smaller. Most department stores have a contemporary department. Actually, if you're not sure what qualifies as contemporary in department store lingo, check out the websites of major department stores; most should have a section called *contemporary*.
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Happy in Utah
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[And although I am 5'3" I can not fit into a petite because my inseam is too long... ] faina00, I have found the same problem also specially when buying jeans, I have tried the Daisy feauntes jeans in petite at khols they actually had a good inseem, will buy again. I dont get it why all manafactures think short woman do not have long legs some of us do.
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Old 03-28-2008, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm 5'3" and can't wear petite jeans either.. they also seem to have a strange fit at the waist.. too short or something. Anyway, I agree with you.. the clothes have gotten bigger. I usually wear a size 2.. but some places I have to get a size "0". I sometimes get clothes from Victoria Secret - their pants are unpredictible because again I order a size 2 and they are sometime too big.. it is hit or miss. I find that most of the high end clothes fit better -European. So I shop at specialty clothes stores when I want a really good fit. Believe it or not.. I sometimes have good luck at Target. You'll have a lot to choose from in Florida.. that's where I used to live.
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Chi-Town soon to be NYC and eventually Ireland
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Oh lord, I hear you! The topic of vanity sizing has been discussed here before, and it's been the bane of my existence for many years now. I weigh exactly the same as I did 15 years ago, yet somehow I went from wearing a size 6, to a ZERO! Ridiculous, especially considering I wear an 8-10 in vintage clothes! I loathe shopping for this very reason. I need professional clothes, and good luck trying to find those in a small size- even the size "2" is swimming on me. I have had pretty good luck with Boston Proper, and they do have some decent professional looking skirts and shirts. Also, any European designers will be better- they have fewer overweight people, and thus less of a need to cater to size 16 women who want to pretend they're a size 8. I know it stinks, but what can you do?
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Thanks for the responses...I feel better knowing that I'm not alone
It gets so frustrating at times, for example, I needed a new bathing suit. I went to every store in town (luckily hubby and daughter are patient and like to shop) and nothing below a size 6. Nothing!!!! Of course, I found some high end suits online and luckily they fit in a XS but imagine if they didn't I HATE returning things. Which is why I have not tried from VS clothing catalog like Janecj, but maybe I'll try it as well as Boston Proper, they have some cute things.

And I actually asked the sales people at the Limited a year or two ago if the sizes had gotten larger. I used to wear a 2 there and now I am swimming in a 0. They said that yes indeed the sizing had gotten larger. Why?! What a good point Mojo Rilry, maybe they are catering to the women who want to feel like they are in a smaller size.

Hopefully the options will grow when we move to FL...its very frustrating...maybe they should make special stores that only cater to us....
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Oh and one more thing.....yes all you who mention that buying European brands is an option are 100% correct.

I am from Eastern Europe and when I go back and shop I have no problems with finding clothing in my size.....again because women where I am from walk more and eat better and are not an average size of 14...in fact some of the clothing is too small for me in Europe...how refreshing!!
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Old 03-29-2008, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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We don't have alot of smaller size stores in Fredericksburg--Macy's, Belk and Penney's all carry nothing smaller than a 4--and those are REALLY rare!
I shop at Ann Taylor Loft--(we do have one of those), but even tho they have the sizes I need, the styles are many times too young! (I'm 53!) Not that I'm dressing dowdy, but frilly blouses and baggy-legged pants just aren't for me!
It's very difficult if you're a smaller size! I feel your pain!
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Old 03-29-2008, 02:43 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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Oh lord, I hear you! The topic of vanity sizing has been discussed here before, and it's been the bane of my existence for many years now. I weigh exactly the same as I did 15 years ago, yet somehow I went from wearing a size 6, to a ZERO! Ridiculous, especially considering I wear an 8-10 in vintage clothes! I loathe shopping for this very reason. I need professional clothes, and good luck trying to find those in a small size- even the size "2" is swimming on me. I have had pretty good luck with Boston Proper, and they do have some decent professional looking skirts and shirts. Also, any European designers will be better- they have fewer overweight people, and thus less of a need to cater to size 16 women who want to pretend they're a size 8. I know it stinks, but what can you do?
I am 49 and I couldn't figure out this size zero thing. There wasn't a size zero when I was in my twenties and thirties. I think that when I was a young adult, the smallest size I ever saw on the racks was size 4.

Try European brand clothing. Their sizes run smaller than American sizes. Americans are more overweight as a nation.
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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Oh,I thought it was me that shrunk to a size zero! Those tricky devils for making bigger clothes!
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