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TXMary2
10-16-2009, 01:45 PM
For those of you over age 30 have you noticed a change in sizes from manufacturers?? I think the numbers are going down, but the sizes are bigger. Example, as a teen when I went from a size 18 to a 10....at size 18, the same height I am now, I only weighed 180. Now I am 257 and a 20 and still fit into some size 18's. I see on the height, weight and size thread that people in the 5'5"-5"7" range at about 140 are size 6??? Something definitely has happened to sizes over the years. I am very curious what size I will be when I reach my goal weight of 150. I was thinking I would be ecstatic to be a 12 but perhaps in new sizes it might be a lower number!


kaplods
10-16-2009, 01:55 PM
Sizes aren't consistent, and they really never were, but the gap is getting much broader. So, I think we'll find that eventually a size 10 from one maker will be equivalent to another manufacturer's size 20.

ennay
10-16-2009, 02:00 PM
Yes, when I was down at 127 a couple years ago I was in mostly size 4, some size 2, some size 6 depending on how things were cut. But I still couldnt fit into the size 10 jeans in my closet from college. Some of it is cut and how my body shape is changing - after kids I have a bigger waist and smaller hips than I did in college

Even just in the last couple years. In 2007 I bought a pair of size 8 gap jeans. In 2008 when Gap redid their line, I bought a pair of size 6 jeans in what was supposed to be the equivalent style & cut and when I started regaining some of the weight I realized that the 6's were bigger than the 8's


JulieJ08
10-16-2009, 02:04 PM
Definitely.

When I was 20 I weighed 120 and wore a size 8.

When I was 30 I weighed 130 and wore a size 8.

Now I'm 40 and I weigh 140 and wear a size 8.

TXMary2
10-16-2009, 02:05 PM
Yes, when I was down at 127 a couple years ago I was in mostly size 4, some size 2, some size 6 depending on how things were cut. But I still couldnt fit into the size 10 jeans in my closet from college. Some of it is cut and how my body shape is changing - after kids I have a bigger waist and smaller hips than I did in college

Even just in the last couple years. In 2007 I bought a pair of size 8 gap jeans. In 2008 when Gap redid their line, I bought a pair of size 6 jeans in what was supposed to be the equivalent style & cut and when I started regaining some of the weight I realized that the 6's were bigger than the 8's

I think I will have great fun getting into my jeans hanging in the closet, but if I can walk into the store and buy a size 6 or 8 I will be doing a big happy dance. LOL

nelie
10-16-2009, 02:07 PM
One thing to remember as well if you are wearing plus sizes is a women's size 18 is different than a misses size 18. Right now, women's size 14 is too big on me but misses size 14 is too tight on me.

rachinma
10-16-2009, 02:43 PM
I'm too lazy to write a long reply on this topic, but...

Sizes were never meant to be absolute. Size 10 is the "average" size. So, it stands to reason that as Americans become larger, a size 10 would be cut more generously. That's why a US8 = UK10. The average woman in the UK is the size of a size 8 woman here in the US.

It's why saying "Marilyn Monroe was a size 14" is factually true, but cannot be applied to today's sizes. Her measurements put her at about size 6 or 8 today.

DCHound
10-16-2009, 02:53 PM
Yeah I think there was a major shift in the early 2000s. I bought new Lane Bryant Red 4s, equivalent to a 20, around the first of the year and had old size 24 jeans I couldn't fit into. I wear a 16 misses in new sizing but I still have some ancient 22s (by ancient, I mean early 80s!) that are loose but stay up. I suspect I would be a size 20 by 1980 standards. I like 16 better. :)

nooch
10-16-2009, 02:57 PM
While I really, really don't understand getting off on the number listed on a tag I really love this as it means I will have more places to shop sooner!

beerab
10-16-2009, 02:58 PM
Yeah I think that's definitely happening- I was reading an article I don't remember how long ago about how even car manufacturer's are making the seats in your car wider because of how the average american size is getting bigger and bigger.

Yeah Rachima I heard that- that even though back in her day she was a "14" by today's standards she was more of a 6.

CruiseCAT
10-16-2009, 06:55 PM
I had posted about this a couple months ago. Currently I am wearing a 10 but my Wrangler shorts from the 90's are a size 16..... and they still fit.

Today I bought a dress and a pair of capri's in size 8; however, my 8's in the back of my closet still don't fit.

Yep.... vanity sizing at it's best.

L144S
10-16-2009, 07:15 PM
you are NOT crazy. same as the rest as I was thikinng about this the other day trying on size 10 jeans at the Gap. I was a 12 in college (late 80's) and a good 30 lbs less than I am now.

Don't get me wrong, I love that I will wear a smaller size than I ever have before BUT, it does not change the fact that I still am not at a healthy weight right now.

TamiL
10-16-2009, 07:25 PM
Sizes have definitely changed. In the early 80's I wore junior size 7 and 9 and weighed 125 lbs. Now at 115 lbs I can wear Junior size 0 and 1. Its truly strange. I can even wear little girls jeans, they grow little girls bigger nowadays, LOL

Altari
10-16-2009, 08:14 PM
I've found some companies continue to cut to the old sizes. I can wiggle into a size 14 pant from Old Navy - which made me so happy! - but I can't squeeze one boob (sorry to be crude) into the size 14 silk dress from Express, nor can I get the size 14 cords from Express over my knees.

ubergirl
10-16-2009, 08:56 PM
Yup. Definitely!!!! At 5'8" 150-160 with an athletic build I fit into some fourteens and some sixteens back in the 80s. I couldn't squeeze myself into a 12 unless I weighed 145. There were entire brands of clothes that didn't come above size 12. Size 6 was TINY and I had never heard of size zero or 2.

JustBeckyV
10-16-2009, 08:58 PM
I completely agree as well. I have a pair of 22s that are ok in fit but not too loose in the waist but then I have another pair that I swim in. The last pair of new jeans I bought are a 16 and they are too big - go figure lol

DCHound
10-16-2009, 08:59 PM
I have a denim skirt I bought from Limited Express in Fall 1987 as a freshman in college. It's a 13. Last time I lost a lot of weight I could pull it all the way up but it came no-where close to buttoning/zipping. That skirt is my ultimate goal. I was smaller in college, in 1987, than I was in 6th grade. If I can wear that skirt, or if it gets to be (gasp) too big, then I will consider myself a 'normal weight' regardless of what the scale says.

rachinma
10-17-2009, 12:36 PM
I have a denim skirt I bought from Limited Express in Fall 1987 as a freshman in college. It's a 13. Last time I lost a lot of weight I could pull it all the way up but it came no-where close to buttoning/zipping. That skirt is my ultimate goal. I was smaller in college, in 1987, than I was in 6th grade. If I can wear that skirt, or if it gets to be (gasp) too big, then I will consider myself a 'normal weight' regardless of what the scale says.

DC - Remember that junior sizes are cut mostly for teens whohave yet to finish growing or filling out. I can wear a misses 8 but not a juniors 11.

You may never see that 13 on your your body again, and it's ok.

Ufi
10-18-2009, 02:31 PM
I just bought a dress in a size 16 and couldn't believe it. It's kind of irritating because it makes it harder to shop for clothing.

beerab
10-18-2009, 03:13 PM
It's annoying cuz I have two pairs of jeans right now I am trying to fit into- one is a 14, the other is a 16, currently I wear 16s, and this 16 I have that doesn't fit is SMALLER than the 14! I'm about to cut off the tag lol ;)

juliastl27
10-18-2009, 03:24 PM
i think the whole "juniors sizes" is what made it change. now they have a different sizing system for teenagers. while i can fit into a size 14 from old navy with ease, i still cant fit my size 13 "juniors" pants at all.

and PS i used to be 115 and sz 2. my friend who is a 2 now is 4 inches shorter than me and weighs 125.

CountingDown
10-18-2009, 03:29 PM
Yes, sizes have definitely changed over the years.
I currently wear a size 2-6 (mostly 4s). My wedding dress is a size 10 and it is only a little big on me.

A jacket I have from 20 years ago is a size 10 and it fits perfectly.

This phenomenon is most noticeable when you shop in vintage/second hand stores. I take a tape measure with me because I can come home with a 2,4,6,8,10,12 - it totally depends upon the age and manufacturer of the garment.

JulieJ08
10-18-2009, 10:40 PM
Junior's sizing/cut has been around forever.

Aclai4067
10-18-2009, 10:54 PM
I don't think you have to be over 30 to have seen the change. I'm 24, and just now getting down the weight I was when I was 18, but I wore a size 24 then, I wear a 22 now. I really don't think I'm smaller at that weight now than I was then. If anything, I'm carrying MORE in my waist now then I used to (but i carried more in my thighs then).

Although not ALL stores are getting smaller. The places my sister shops (Anthropology, Urban Outfitters, and botiques) are still tiny tiny. She's very petite (hard to imagine we come from the same parents) and wears a size 4 in most items (occasionally a 2). If she's a 4, it's amazing to me that anyone over age 10 could wear a 0!

TXMary2
10-19-2009, 12:24 PM
I am glad to know it isn't just me and that I am not crazy!

KforKitty
10-19-2009, 12:38 PM
I think this change in sizing is less obvious in the UK, although I think its happening a little (waist sizes seem to have increased which is annoying for an hourglass). I'm mainly wearing a UK14 and whereas a few years ago the rule was that US sizes were a size down (so a 12), a US12 now drowns me. My Laura Ashley clothes that I am wearing today say they're US10s and are quite large on me around the waist so I guess I could probably wear a US8 in many clothing.

I'm so looking forward to my visit over the pond next year and the thought of being able to get into single digit clothing.

Kitty

seabiscuit
04-21-2011, 02:34 PM
I haven't noticed the sizes changing but what frustrates me is how I can be one size in one manufacturer and a completely different size with another, go figure!

gagalu
04-21-2011, 04:07 PM
yep yep. it's vanity sizing. i know i feel good as **** when i see that smaller number, but i keep in mind that it isn't, say, the same size 10-12 that marilyn monroe was popping into.

NicoleInCt
04-21-2011, 04:30 PM
Sizes are definitely weird. When I was 127 a few years ago, I was a 7. At 155, a tight 10. At 146, a small 10/big 8.

But when I was really young (a fully developed 13 yr old) I used to wear my mom's 8s and I was 5'5" and 112...so the sizes have def changed in the past 20 years.