100 lb. Club - The smallest 4x in the WORLD!

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06-29-2009, 05:29 PM
This morning I was happy -- I'm a smidge away from my first mini-goal to be under 250 and I happened to be in Wal Mart so thought I would try some stuff on just because. See if a sale t-shirt fit as a treat, that sort of thing.

Well, that did not go well at all! I tried 3x and 4x and they were both grabbing me -- 3x was skin tight, 4x not much better.

Now I know I've still got a long way to go -- but give me a break -- a skin tight 3x and a tight 4x? What the what? The shirt I was wearing was a comfortable 3x from Addition Elle (Canadian plus store).

Anyone else encountered these tiny plus sizes clothes? Or am I just really that off base with what size I think I am??

06-29-2009, 05:33 PM
the problem with sizes is that every clothing maker seems to have a different guidelines for the same sizes! So something that fits in 3X with one maker will not fit with another. Never makes sense to me. Case and point..im over 300 lbs and most of the time, 3X fits me fine. Every now and then though, i find that 3X that is unruley and decides not to fit. And then of course the other way..my mom will buy me something in XL and it will fit. I love those times. lol :)

Arctic Mama
06-29-2009, 05:35 PM
Well I know when I was 250 I was a 2x, and most 3x's swam on me with the exception of a few tops. I figure their sizing was just wonky if most every other brand was predictably fitting. Cheaper clothes, in general, tend to have less generous sizing in my experience.

Hello Nurse
06-29-2009, 05:36 PM
Could they have been a junior cut? I have tried on WalMart shirts and was horrified when the 3-4x's were tight, then I realized that they were either junior cut, or "shaped fit" meaning they are meant to fit snug. I have pretty much given up WM's plus size clothes because most of them seem to fit into one of these categories.

06-29-2009, 05:37 PM
Clothes and the wide size ranges are really stupid sometimes.

I bought a 2x bike jersey.. (which is at least 2 sizes bigger then I normally wear) and it was TIGHT. Grrr...

So I feel your pain. :)

Congrats on the 250!

06-29-2009, 06:00 PM
At 5'11", 250, you shouldn't be in a 3X or a 4X! 2X maybe. I'm only an inch taller and 40 pounds heavier and I wear a 3X, unless it's cut for someone with a chest in which case it swims on me. Sounds like bad sizing to me or the shirt is designed to cling (why anyone fat would want THAT, I can't imagine).

06-29-2009, 06:14 PM
WOW! someone should set standards for sizing in clothing, huh!?!? in fact.... i'm wearing a cute shirt in 1X right now..... but the one i had on yesterday was a 3X. amazing, huh. so if i can wear a 1X in a shirt and i'm a good 20lbs or so bigger than you, that means you'd be like a Medium or Large, right? :) just think of it that way.

06-29-2009, 06:24 PM
I've learned to give up on sizes, because each manufacturer seems to create their own definitions.

I'm wearing Mediums that swim on me and XLs that are tight to the point of cutting off breath.

I have UK22 Tshirts that go 'hello, every curve, let me stick to you' and UK16 blouses that flap in the breeze.

06-29-2009, 06:36 PM
One of the wal-mart brands (and I can't remember which) is INSANELY small. Like I am wearing a 3x in it small (and I'm currently as we speak wearing a 1X from addition Elle)

So yah... I really like the wal-mart Bum Equipment tee's with a bit of spandex in them. I fit comfortably in a 1X and I am the exact weight as you and like 6 inches shorter ;)

06-29-2009, 06:38 PM
Sizing is all over the charts now. I wear anywhere from a size Medium to an XL in shirts, and sometimes the XL is too tight (broad shoulders and chesty). I have pants from size 8 to size 12 that fit.

I'm not that large anymore - XL's should always fit. And I KNOW I shouldn't be wearing an 8. I wore a size 7 (same as an 8 but junior) when I was 17 and weighed 120 or so.

06-29-2009, 08:13 PM
Thanks ladies! That settles it -- whatever it was I tried on was odd. It wasn't me, it was the clothes. Back to being happy for a weigh-in at 250.2. :)

06-29-2009, 08:27 PM
I was in CJBanks the other day, a plus size clothing store (it's a chain) in our mall. Nothing there fits me yet, but the store manager gave me an interesting tip, even the sizes aren't consistent in the same garment in the same size. She took me over to a rack of blouses, and took a blouse and compared it to all of the other identical (looking) blouses and compared them one at a time, and there was a tremendous amount of difference in some of them. Surely you would expect them all in the same size and same style to be the same size - but they weren't. There was as much as three inches difference (which means 6 inches difference in fit).

06-30-2009, 03:09 AM
yeah, this happens in all sizes. I was shoping for my 6 yr old the other day, and It is so difficult to get her clothes w/o her trying them on. One 6x is huge and hanging on her, while another style in 6x would be too small. It happens at all ages and sizes I guess. Thats why I can never order clothes off the internet. you never know what will fit and what wont ;)
congrats on your loss so far. you are doing great, dont let something like this get you down :)

06-30-2009, 09:32 AM
I have had similar experiences. I have a wide range of sizes of clothing that I am wearing now, from 1x to 3x. I have a couple of 3x tops that I bought 50 pounds ago, thinking they would fit. Recently when I started wearing them, I hated putting on a 3x because I thought that 3xs were behind me. I had said, "I will never wear a 3x again!" Then I decided I was being silly because I needed the clothes.

I will say one thing, silly or not. I will not buy another garment that is a bigger size that I want to be wearing. It may be vanity, but I have worked too hard to buy a size bigger. Vanity sizing, come on!

06-30-2009, 09:36 AM
I will echo everyone's sentiments. I try to figure out the sizes by looking at the actual tape width which those guidelines are sometimes available. I try to tell people there is nothing like the Plus size store I shop in LA, a 1X= size 10, a 2X= 12, and a 3X= 14. It's awesome, um or maybe not :P

06-30-2009, 09:44 AM
The more trendy Walmart stuff is actualy junior sizes and the run like 4x=1x womans. It's rediculous! Especially since the same brand stuff is different sizes in different departments.

06-30-2009, 09:54 AM
Yes, Walmart makes the smallest plus size SHIRTS. I have never been able to really fit well into their shirts, too small. And their pants are always too big for me (way too big in the hips and butt). I'm apple shaped. My friend who is pear shaped fits PEREFECTLY into Walmart clothes. Hmmm?

06-30-2009, 10:44 AM
all depends on the maker of clothes. Some stuff now I can wear a XL, others it's still 2XL. At 250, I was more 3XL, some 4XL.

06-30-2009, 10:52 AM
Definitely don't let this discourage you! My Walmart has some really cute exercise clothes, but I still can't fit into the XL tops.

It does help to know it's the cut/make; not us!

06-30-2009, 11:04 AM
The teeny tiny sizes at Walmart are usually junior sizes OR which I have seen from when I worked there is that new stockers in the softline area will put girl plus sizes in with women's plus sizes. :lol:

06-30-2009, 11:14 AM
Shopping rules to remember!
1. There are no standard sizes in the clothing industry. You may find that you fit a size X in one brand and a 4X in another.
2. The cheaper the outlet, GENERALLY, the less standard the sizing. Often the bargain clothes are mis-sized or off-sized or the manufacturer provides them at a low cost because there is no attention to sizing detail. GENERALLY SPEAKING. And YES, this can happen at boutique stores too. And YES boutique stores do big markups. But OFTEN, the sizing at boutique stores is a bit more consistent than it is with stores that offer really low-priced clothes. Just keep this in mind.
3. To HECK with the size! Get what fits! Bottom line! Whether it is a 10, 14. X or 4X. Cut the label out if you hate looking at the size.



06-30-2009, 12:56 PM
I have had the same problem. At some stores a 14 fits at another I have to wear an 18. I was shopping at the GAP and I tried on the same capri's just different colors and I had to get one a size 20 and the other size 16 fit great!! It was the same pair of pants!!!

06-30-2009, 01:54 PM
I have also seen on a few occasions that the clothes were tagged wrong.

tilly long
06-30-2009, 06:26 PM
Sweet, sweet Jesus! Thank you for posting this. I never go to Wal-Mart & just happened to find myself in one on vacation last week. I saw a couple t-shirts and bought one to wear long over my swimsuit (in theory). Well, it was a 4x and it did not fit over my hips. WTFrick? I felt so bummed out. I am so glad I saw this post.