March 11, 2011
The confusion over today's sizing seems to be a passionate topic for many readers. Here are some of the comments we received in e-mail and on Facebook in response to our column, "What size are you?"
"I am a 36 in one brand of jeans and 38 and 40 in others. I buy the one where I fit into a 36," wrote Robert.
"I once purchased a dress in size 6 only because it was a size 6," wrote Tina. "I'm not a size 6 but man, I made sure to leave the tag hanging out for everyone to see."
"I had the most beautiful dress that was a size 40," said Erin. "It was one of my favorites. I wore it and always felt good about it. Then someone told me that was like wearing an 8 or a 10. I've always been a 6. I was crushed. I haven't looked at the dress the same way since."
"This new sizing trend this has been getting progressively worse over the last few years," said Elly. "Just because there's an XXL doesn't mean there has to be an XXS. Before you know it we'll start going into the negatives. The new skinny won't be a size 2, it's gonna be minus 2."
"Size 32 just like 'Seinfeld,' " said Mike. "Even if it means I have to mark it out on the back of my Levi's."
"In pants, I can [wear] a 3 all the way up to 9," wrote Lisa. "I don't even look at sizes anymore. I just put it up to my waist and if it looks like it fits I buy it."
"I work as a personal shopper, and it's so frustrating that the designers are all so different with their sizing," said Joyce. "I see people wander around the stores with huge piles of clothes and they are afraid to ask for guidance. If they did it would shave off so much time."
"I think it's crazy how my skirt can be a 4 and a pair of jeans in the same section might be a 10," wrote Elaine. "I wish we could get on some sort of universal system, like the Euro or something."
"I refuse to buy anything that's higher than a 6!" wrote Ann. "I didn't understand the European sizes until I read your story, so now I know, nothing higher than a 36 when it comes to those too!"
"I was so happy to hear there's a store in Chicago with real sizes," wrote Emily. "I am a 14, and most plus-size stores don't have things under an 18. I will definitely be visiting Vive La Femme!"
"Size discrimination is such a problem, and these designers need to be held accountable," wrote Erika. "My mom went to a store that sells yoga clothes and they had nothing over a size 10. Their whole motto is 'love yourself', but apparently it's more like 'love yourself, as long as you're not a size 14!' "
"I'm a big woman and I don't even get the time of day when I'm walking through a clothing store," wrote Sheena. "It's almost like the salespeople don't want to take me on because it'd be too much work or something. Which is too bad for the stores, because I also have a big bank account."
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