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Old 04-25-2013, 03:01 PM
 
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Have clothing sizes changed over the years? It seems to me that a ladies' size 10 in the 60's or even the 80's was smaller than a size 10 now.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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Yes they have. I believe they call it "vanity sizing".

When I was in high school, the jeans I wore were size 7.

I also have old jeans that are size 8 that I can barely get up over my hips, let alone zipped.

Now, at 59, I am 8 pounds heavier and just bought a size 4!
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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sizing everywhere is just odd.

My work slacks are all size 4's from Ann Taylor that are loose and need to be belted. Meanwhile, I have jeans that say 8 on them but I think they're juniors.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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sizing everywhere is just odd.

My work slacks are all size 4's from Ann Taylor that are loose and need to be belted. Meanwhile, I have jeans that say 8 on them but I think they're juniors.
Juniors have odd sizing (0, 1, 3, 5, etc.)
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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Juniors have odd sizing (0, 1, 3, 5, etc.)

Well, they are from Express which is practically a juniors store anyways.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:17 PM
 
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Yes they have. I believe they call it "vanity sizing".

When I was in high school, the jeans I wore were size

I also have old jeans that are size 8 that I can barely get up over my hips, let alone zipped.

Now, at 59, I am 8 pounds heavier and just bought a size 4!
Interesting I actually never knew that. I guess because when it comes to men we typically have the same waist size because mine hasn't changed in the past couple of years. Maybe only for women they've changed?
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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here's just one thread (there are already many) - //www.city-data.com/forum/fashi...ng-sizing.html
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:27 PM
 
Location: BK All Day
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Yes! That's why when everyone is crying "Well Marilyn Monroe is a size 16!" (which, in the original article that published that intended for a UK 16, which is close to a US 12) with the increase in sizes she would have been closer to a 4 or 6. Additionally, clothes back then were intended for wear with girdles.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:11 AM
 
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Well, they are from Express which is practically a juniors store anyways.
Juniors clothing is cut differently than womens clothing. Express is aimed at younger women, but it is cut for a "womanly body."

Juniors = less hip/waist definition, smaller thighs. Usually has a 7-8 inch gap between waist and hip
Women's (aka Missies sizes) = more definition from waist to hip, wider hip, bigger thighs. Usually has a 9-10 inch gap between waist and hip.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I think it's more than just clothing that use vanity sizing. I suspect shoes are also vanity sized. As a skinny high school girl I wore a size 6 shoes. A few decades, a couple of kids, and a few pounds more, 6's are often too big. Shoe shopping has become a bit of a nightmare as few places carry anything smaller than a 6. I've taken to shopping in the girls department for casual shoes.
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