Weight Loss Support - What do people smaller than me wear?

05-21-2010, 10:24 PM
Is anyone else surprised by how small their clothing size is, relative to their actual size? I guess it's vanity sizing but what do smaller people wear?? I was shopping for some work tops today and all of the ones I got were either small or extra small. How is this possible? If at 150 pounds I'm wearing XS, what in the world would I wear if I decided to get to 130? Also, why am I wearing a size 4? I'm right in the middle of the normal range for weight. Technically, it doesn't make sense. If it's all about vanity sizing, well there's only so far you can go with it. So if I'm a size 4, what is someone who is 5'9 and 125 pounds wearing? I mean, do I wear my clothes too tight? Am I just hallucinating the XS?

Anyone else feel like this?? Help me out lol

05-21-2010, 11:29 PM
It's GOT to be your bone structure... I'm almost 5'9" and at 153 I'm fitting perfect into a size 6 jeans and Medium tops. But, I have hips/a butt and broad shoulders, etc... so I'm convinced it's your bone structure. Or maybe my sizes are bigger because of MY bone structure, lol. :dunno:

05-21-2010, 11:33 PM
JK, you being 5'9 is why you can. :) and bone you might be a small frame or a medium frame.

05-21-2010, 11:38 PM
It's so odd, I've never thought of myself as a small frame. I'm seriously starting to think that I buy clothes that are too tight. Maybe you guys are right about the bone structure thing.. I dunno lol! So confusing...

05-21-2010, 11:39 PM
I'm 5'9 and curious as well. Until my gain, I held myself for years at 150, mostly size 9/10's, medium shirts, 34C. Bone structure plays into it (I'm a med-lg frame, more large than medium), because when I was 150, I never had an XS or a size 4 in my closet, even though people thought I was much smaller than what my tags said. With my frame, I have serious doubts I could ever get into a 4, although it sounds nice. If there's some trick out there, I'm all ears. :dizzy:

05-22-2010, 12:32 AM
I'm 5'8.5" and at 112 lbs (not an intentional weight) I muffin top in size 6s. It drives me nuts... darn you small people! Then again I'm also a 30d bordering on dd so I guess I'm just a curvy kind of girl. My goal weight of 135 puts me in a size 8.

05-22-2010, 12:38 AM
I'm 5'8.5" and at 112 lbs (not an intentional weight) I muffin top in size 6s. It drives me nuts... darn you small people! Then again I'm also a 30d bordering on dd so I guess I'm just a curvy kind of girl. My goal weight of 135 puts me in a size 8.

^^^Yeah! I'm with her! Darn you small people! :club: :p

05-22-2010, 12:58 AM
No, vanity sizing has gotten out of hand. I was wearing a size 2 in some stuff and I was still not that tiny. But my size 10's from college didnt fit. A lot has to do with cut.

I asked my skinny friends that same question and they knew stores that were more normal sized. But they were generally more upscale.

For me its that I am shaped like a carrot. I am a DD on top and usually wear a L or M shirt but have no butt or hips and a thick waist. When Old Navy had 5 rises of jeans my size decreased with each step down in rise. Ultra low need a brazilian to wear jeans were a size 2, "at the waist" were a size 10

motivated chickie
05-22-2010, 04:41 AM
Vanity sizing is starting to annoy me. I'm a size 4 at Old Navy & wearing XS tops. At the Gap, I wear S tops and 8 pants fit, but are bit loose. But when I walked in a more European type boutique, a medium top was too tight and had to go for a large. I didn't dare try on any pants.

My coworker is very petite and I asked her about vanity sizing. She said she is a 00 and mostly can only find children's clothing her size & now buys pants who use waist measurement as sizing.

I'm 133-134, 5' 5" and have a small frame. I think it's safe to say I'm a true 7/8. I wish I knew my real size so that I could buy clothes online.

05-22-2010, 09:52 AM
Shortie, small person here (waves)

I'm five one,115 pounds. My goal weight is 110. With 6" wrists, a 3" elbow width and size 9 feet, I am definitely large-framed. But in adult sizes I wear xs tops and size 1 or 0 pants and they are hard to find. Many times I will see something I want but can't buy because the smallest size available in the style is three or four sizes too big for me. I do 97% of my clothes shopping in the kids department.

Before I lost weight I was 140 pounds and wore size medium tops and size 8 or 10 pants. I have a lot of muscle and have always worn smaller sizes than my weight or frame would seem to indicate.

Lori Bell
05-22-2010, 10:15 AM
I feel the same way! At 5'7" and 140 pounds my size 6 pants get pretty loose after wearing them a few hours. (I am NOT skinny, my waist at the belly button is 29 inches.) On my way up...then on my way down I ordered clothes from Blair because they were cheap and looked okay to get me by. But...the last time I got a sales catalogue I was shocked that I was in the smallest size they sold....WTH??

Another thing I find odd is when I was bigger and shopped at department stores it seemed like all the clothes were 6's and 8's. The bigger sizes were always gone. I'd talk myself into believing that I was "normal" because everyone must be big too because all my sizes were gone. Now, when I shop at Penney's or Kohl's I have to search for a size 6. When I was bigger I could NEVER find 16s, 18's or 20's. (and up) NOW I see tons of them, but no size 6's ;) What is that all about? lol

05-22-2010, 10:31 AM
Haha, Lori, I have the SAME problem! I work in a department store, and when I was in a 12/14, there were never ANY cute clothes left in my size on the clearance racks--they were always too small. Now I'm an 8/10 and all I find is 12s!!!

05-22-2010, 11:23 AM
This is pretty much what I figured; it's a vanity size issue. I just can't believe that adults have to shop in the children's department. Just that, to me, says there is something wrong with the clothing size system!

05-22-2010, 12:17 PM
jkinboston, we're body twins, and I think we even have the same pair of jeans (American Eagle? I remember from a photo on another thread...I recognized the pockets, haha).

I'm currently wearing size 4's in American Eagle, and I'm frustrated because all those 4's I bought when I couldn't possibly imagine going to a smaller size (lord, I couldn't imagine going past 8), are starting to be too loose. To the point where I'm walking around campus holding my jeans up. I think I'm going to have to safety pin a super cute size 4 summer dress that I bought on sale next time I wear it. I think I'm officially going to have to get a whole new wardrobe in a smaller size. Again. Sounds fun, but it's not on a college kid's budget.

And it IS surprising, because I'm NOT tiny. Yes, yes, I have come to accept that I must logically be a skinny person (even though I truly honest to god don't see it in the mirror), but I'm not a tiny girl. I simply can't imagine how those 5'2 105 lb girls find clothes unless they're buying kid clothes. Because I'm on the lower end of sizes in most stores, and they're MUCH smaller than I am.

motivated chickie
05-22-2010, 12:21 PM
Lori Bell & Stella, I know what you mean. When I was a 12 or 14, I couldn't find clothes and thought that it would be easier to find clothes when I lost weight. I am so disappointed that I still can't find my size.

The only reason I tried an Old Navy 4 in the first place was I couldn't find any size 6's at all. I found some cute pants & decided to give it a whirl and they fit.

Another reason, sizing is difficult is because of stretch fabrics. I've noticed that I can stretch out a pair of pants and make them too loose simply by moving around in them. In the morning, the pants fit & and at night they are baggy. I think it's time to buy an old fashioned pair of Levis in a larger size because they'll keep their shape during the day and shrink in the wash.

05-22-2010, 12:26 PM
i just get frustrated not knowing what size i really am.

05-22-2010, 01:45 PM
Sizing is nuts. Not just vanity sizing but any-old-body can call their sizes anything they want. It's not unusual for me to be wearing 4's and large's all at the same time. I'm on the hunt for scrubs in an xxsmall ... and, yes! there are certainly nurses who are tinier than me!

There's also the matter of body composition. I'm gonna have to scroll back for a minute. There it was SouthLake ... who talked about being 112 with a muffin-top. Chances are she was what we affectionately call "skinny fat". With a healthier loss that preserved muscle mass, she could be at least that small but several pounds heavier.
I'm pretty sure it's Mel who talks about dropping a clothing size, without losing any weight, simply by lifting weights.

05-22-2010, 06:31 PM
Ha-ha. I remember when I was bigger (when I was in middle school) that the only store I could shop at and get cute clothes was Fashion bug because all the other stores at the mall only stocked sizes up to size 10 (including Old Navy). It's amazing how everything has changed in only a few years!

-Dhani :queen:

05-22-2010, 09:42 PM
Plus for the shorter skinny gals there is petite. Which is a whole other problem because if you get petite they cut all the dimensions smaller. I am not quite short enough for petite normally, but when a few years ago the fashion became that jeans were meant to be worn with heels now I need petite or hem. Except my thighs are not petite and will never be petite. It's why I buy Gap jeans,because they have short that is not petite.

Even within a store sizing makes no sense. I ordered the SAME style, cut everything of Gap jeans one in size 6 and one in size 8 and the 6 is bigger than the 8. :dizzy:

05-23-2010, 12:16 AM
This is so frustrating, I agree. I have my measurements memorized now, so at least if I'm shopping online, all I have to do is look at the size chart instead of stressing out about if I'm a 16 in one store, a 14 in another, and so on and so forth.

05-23-2010, 03:32 AM
I'm 5'9" and 171, and I'm finding some 34/14s getting too big, and others not fitting yet. I have some 12s I can fit into okay, but I won't wear them until they're loose because I need comfort first. On the other hand, I have an old pair (old, but not worn in, lol) of Levis in a 35" waist that fit, but are a little too tight yet.

I haven't gone shopping since I've lost weight, but all my xxl stretchy tees fit fine again (I am not into tight clothes, so maybe I could wear smaller if I were willing to flaunt it more). I'm a 38D, and even at 150 in high school, I was never smaller than a 36C-D, wearing a medium shirt, so it has to be a frame/body type thing as well as a vanity sizing issue--I can't imagine wearing size 4s! If the estimate of 10 pounds per clothing size is right, my goal of 145 will put me in a size 8 at the smallest.

This whole silly sizing thing makes me not look forward to going shopping!

05-23-2010, 10:03 AM
I wear 2's in every pair of jeans or pants I have tried - some fit tighter and a few are even loose. now THAT's vanity sizing for ya since I have a pair of '5's' from high school days (umm.. 20+ years ago) that fit but are not falling off.

I'm 119# at 5'4 so by no means am I underweight or even unusually thin. I have 4's I can pull off without unbuttoning! Now granted, most of my clothes are 'lower end' (I don't wear $200 jeans) and I think the higher end stuff is MUCH smaller.

I've wondered many times where people smaller than me (and there are a lot of em) shop - some stores that carry adult clothes don't go below 2, so I assume these ladies end up in the Zero rack in the teen section? Or they shop in pricier stores?

Oh, and MOBB scrubs come in XXS for the person above me who was looking. They fit wonderfully!