31 thoughts on “February 19, 2015

  1. ah the benefits of guy clothing, what you see is what you get. No need to convert size numbers to find out if you actually fit into the stuff.

    • Google vanity sizing men, you will find a few articles about how that 36in you have been wearing for years many be anywhere between 36.5 and 41. It was bound to happen. Even men don’t like seeing they are getting a bit fluffy.

      • Yes. When I worked for Utilikilts, we had to make sure that guys measured themselves, since a size 36 waist jeans usually equaled a 40″ waist Utilikilt. I wore 40″ waist jeans and required a 44″ wast kilt.

    • when i bought jeans last week i told the sales person size 36 he said this brand i could do 34 and he was right another brand i had to get 36 so it is for men too

  2. I work at a plus-size clothing store. I like telling the customers that when they buy a size 20 it really is a size 20, not like another store where they’d have to buy 24 or 26 to get the same size. Our 1x is the same as a department store 3x. I love when customers smile when they realize they are actually smaller than they thought.

    • I enjoy shopping in our local plus size store. I’m actually kinda standard shaped, neither plus nor skinny, meaning I’m almost completely out of the range of “normal” stores for bulimic wannabe fashionistas. *grr*
      In the plus store I’m the smallest size. -> The sizes are for real, and I have a real selection. 🙂

    • Women’s clothing itself makes no sense! Not only are the sizes insane, the sleeves are always too tight and the torso is always too short. And I’m not that tall (5’6″) but pant legs are always too short, too. How the heck do they figure these sizes?

      • For me they are too long in the sleeves and too wide at the waist despite fitting the hips. And some fit while others give a permanent crotch weggie.

        And this is why I hate buying clothes. You have to try on everything and often nothing fits.

        • Yeah, the sleeves are insane! Excuse me, but just because I wear a plus size it doesn’t mean my arms drag on the ground!

          As for today’s comic, lady, if I wore a size 8 I would be pretty darn happy!

          And yes, I AM working on it. Lost 20 lbs recently 🙂

      • My problem with the sleeves is not the tightness, but the length! I don’t know why clothing manufacturers seem to think that the size of my chest has something to do with the length of my arms, but almost every time I get a long sleeved shirt that comes comfortably down to my waist, the sleeves are like four or five inches too long.

  3. But really, none of the sizes are reliable anymore. The most consistent sizing I find, true to a standard that has not seemed to shift over decades, is when I’m sewing dresses from a pattern. In shops I’m anywhere from a 10-14 depending on where I am and style. In homemade dresses, shirts, skirts pants? Size 18, always.

    • Tell me about it. I have five pairs of jeans that all fit me perfectly, and the smallest one is labeled size fourteen and the largest is labeled size twenty-four. Women’s clothing sizes are based on voodoo.

  4. I can see why these sell. You can brag about it being an 8 but it’s actually a 12 so you feel thinner. It’s all a mind game and it works.

  5. I hate vanity sizing. And it’s a fairly recent phenomenon, like 10 years or so. When I was in college, I was a 12 and I fit into a 12. Now I fit into an 8, even though I’m more like a 14 or 16. It makes no sense. And the whole stunner about Marilyn Monroe being a size 12 takes on a whole new meaning. The point of that illustration was comparing how standards of beauty changed (in the 50’s a size 12 waist was considered perfection–in the 90’s it was a size 6 or 4). Now because of vanity sizing, you say she was a size 12 and a young woman of today, because she has so familiarity with how sizing is supposed to work, will just think Marilyn was a huge fat cow, because in today’s sizes she’d be wearing a 6 or so. Why? Why do you do this to us, fashion world?!

  6. I’m actually a size 1 or 2

    Which requires me to find stores that sell 00 and sometimes even that’s too big.

    Despite popular opinion, thin people want to cover up too

  7. It could be worse. I have a coworker to wears a size 0. Her problem is finding something in her size that’s styled for an adult and not a child.

    • I know someone who had that issue. They generally had to ask to get the clothes off the dummy, because that was usually the smallest size available, and the only one in that size they’d have.

  8. I have a store I love to shop at. There I am a medium 11/12. I only have to try on clothes to see if that style works for me. While the store across the mall hall has sizes small – large then they have plus size. They claim I’m an XL but they don’t carry an XL. They think 1X and XL are they same size. No they are not. Then there are a few stores that claim I’m plus size. I have a friend who wears a size 2 and those stores claim she is a large. By the way the average woman is a size 12 and the average model in a catalog or sales add are a size 8.

  9. The sad thing is they do the same thing for children’s clothing. So a shirt for an 18 month old is actually meant for a 12 month old.

  10. I’ve worked in second hand store where I had to remind women shoppers to try on everything before they bought it and to look through at least three or four different sizes because the sizing system was nuts and made worse by the fact that some of our clothes could be decades old. Right now I’m wearing size 10 jeans except I’m thirty pounds heavier than I was in high school when I wore a size 14. Go figure.
    Well I was three inches shorter. Maybe that’s it.

  11. The only reason vanity sizing exists is to force you to try on clothes. You’re more likely to buy something 1) the longer you’re in the store and 2) if you hold it (and the longer you hold it).

    The idea that they’re appealing to your vanity is an excuse that puts responsibility for ridiculous clothes sizes on the consumer so they can pretend they can’t fix it.

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