This has been one of my pet peeves forever! The answer is: I have clothes that are size 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, Large, Medium and Small… and they ALL FIT. At once. Isn’t that crazy? I saw someone posting on Twitter recently that they were “between sizes” and it made me laugh. “Just try a different brand!” is what I have to say about that. To prove my point:(all these pics were taken within a few minutes of each other)
Here I am in my size 10 pants and my size 6 shirt.
Here’s my size 8 pants and my size 14 jacket and size Medium Tshirt.
Here are my size 6 pants and my size XL cami!
And finally… my size 4 jeans (yeah what?) and my size XL American Apparel shirt.
So there. So am I a size 4? A size 14? I guess I’m all of those. Which make clothing sizes just… plain… ridiculous!!
Speaking of clothing, I recently discovered this awesome site called the Great Clothing Exchange. It’s a wonderful place to share (and to find!) clothes. If you’ve got clothes that are too big, send them to the GCE! and if you’re looking for new stuff in your new size, ditto. I just donated my infamous “Before” shirt. That shirt to me has become iconic with my Before self. I’m not going back, so I’m ready to pass it on. Go check it out!
February 23, 2011 at 1:11 am
Sizes are craaaaaaazy! But when the day comes that I can wear a single digit (and that day is coming, my friend) I’m going to call myself a single digit size..at least every time I wear that outfit. 😉
I LOVE the beautiful losers shirt…love, love, love it!
February 23, 2011 at 2:23 am
This post had me laughing out loud – I have the exact same problem! My closet is full of random sizes. I hardly even look at the tag anymore, preferring to just hold it up and guess. Thanks for the tip on that site!!
February 23, 2011 at 2:43 am
A friend of mine recently gave me literally thousands of €€€ worth of clothes that don’t or never fit her (she has a slight shopping problem) ALL different sizes, ALL fitting perfectly. Seems now more than ever sizing is all over the place! So, yeah, if one size doesn’t fit, try another, or try a different brand and definitely don’t get caught up in that number on the. Label!!
February 23, 2011 at 3:32 am
oohhh, it’s nice to have friends like that! 🙂
February 23, 2011 at 3:31 am
So true!!!!! I have so many sizes in my closet its crazy.
February 23, 2011 at 8:35 am
This is so true. Life is more than a number on a pair of pants. Great post.:)
February 23, 2011 at 9:54 am
That is so funny! Dang – and you’re looking uber hot in each of those pix! We may need to add Hot Hot to your nickname 😀
February 23, 2011 at 10:39 am
I love the Beautiful Losers tee! 🙂 Congratulations on living healthy and happy (judging from that smile!). Most irritating day of my life came when I found a beautiful pair of Nicole Miller bronze colored linen pants. I was at my thinnest – wearing 8 or 10 in most other brands/labels – and I couldn’t pull the NM pants past my knees in a 10…or a 14. I was too “proud” I guess to try on a 16 because I was still caught up in a number at the time…but it was a wake-up call for me regarding inconsistency in labels. And that was $70 NM didn’t get from me.
February 23, 2011 at 11:12 am
I was trying on different brands, but nothing pricy. 🙂 Levis, Dockers, & good old Target brand! lol 🙂 I do agree that sizes vary, and I also agree with Kris, you look HOT HOT in all of those pics! 🙂 whoohoooo
February 23, 2011 at 11:41 am
Funny how a men’s size 32 or 34 or 36, etc. is identical regardless of brand. Have you ever heard a man indicate that they are size X depending on the brand or style?
February 23, 2011 at 11:58 am
I cut sizes out of my clothing all the time because years ago I took the advice of a teenager working in a clothing store who said to me, “Ma’am you need to buy what fits. Who cares what size it is? If it says 14 and that bothers you, cut it out; if it says 10 and that bothers you, cut it out. Buy what fits!” Best advice ever from someone 20 years my junior.
February 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm
It is insane, isn’t it? I kind of like it, though, because it really is a reminder that we can not be defined by the number!
February 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm
It doesn’t really bother me. It’s just a demonstration of how arbitrary and frankly ludicrous the notion of “size” is.
February 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm
So true! I have almost all these sizes in my closet, too. Some don’t fit any more, many do. It’s just bizarre.
February 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm
FABULOUS post! It took me years to battle through the size issue, even though I’ve been at goal for nearly 7 years. My closet ranges from a 0 to an 8. And like you, they all fit the way I like them too (after years of refining the weeding out technique). I know that I tend to shop in the juniors section .. and the clearance XS rack at target is always a good bet, but it’s not guaranteed. The important thing is to feel good in what you’re wearing!
February 25, 2011 at 2:52 am
Your “thank you” to your Before shirt on Great Clothing Exchange brought tears to my eyes. What a lovely example of self-compassion.
February 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm
aww.. thanks, Marjorie.
March 4, 2011 at 9:16 pm
This always annoys me a lot! Especially since I hate the crowds at stores, and trying things on, so I like to shop online, plus there are usually way better sales there. But how to know what size to order? Even jeans which tend to go by waist size vary. You would think that if I wear x waist size in one jeans, I’d be that waist size in all others. After all, my waist doesn’t change by what pants I’m wearing. But nope, they totally vary all over the place. It’s really just a guessing game..i wish they would make it more uniform. I don’t care what size it is, so long as it fits, but it’d be soo much easier for shopping if they’d just pick one way of doing things! 🙂
@amy my best friend is a guy, and yes, the sizes vary for him as well. Especially for jeans. And shirts, actually. Men’s clothing sizes are just as weird & all over the place. It’s always annoying to him, how much they vary by brand as well.