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Vanity sizing and clothing fit.

youcantflexcardioyoucantflexcardio Posts: 550Member, Premium Member Posts: 550Member, Premium Member
Does anyone get annoyed by vanity sizing? It's ridiculous, especially for men because our sizes are supposed to be actual measurements. Where I wear my pants is a 38-39, yet a lot of my pants are 36, I even have a pair of Levi's athletic fits in 34s.

I also have a hard time finding clothes that fit in the shoulders and waist/ waist legs. If I buy a flannel that fits my shoulders and arms it's huge in the waist area and I have to get it tailored. I have a hard time finding jeans/pants that fit too, yesterday I went to find a pair of joggers and everything that fit in the waist was extra tight on the thighs, if I got it to fit the thighs it was super loose on the waist. The only jeans I can wear are the loose fit or athletic fit, everything else is a skinny jean even when it's not supposed to be.

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  • seltzermint555seltzermint555 Posts: 9,828Member Member Posts: 9,828Member Member
    I feel like I've just gotten so used to this over the past 20+ years that it doesn't even bother me all that much anymore. It is a big reason I don't buy a ton of clothing online, though, because I prefer to try things on. I've always had like 6-8 different sizes in my closet, whether in plus sizes or now in misses and juniors sizes.

    I have heard a lot of people say this is only a women's clothing issue but it sounds like it's a thing for men too (my husband agrees).
  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Posts: 3,039Member Member Posts: 3,039Member Member
    It can be a pain. I thrift shop and I basically shop the whole rack in every size because it being a certain size and actually fitting is a loose correlation at best, lol. Since some clothes are older, and are from all kinds of brands, they're going to be more or less vanity-sized.

    Jeans are probably the worst to find a fit because there are so many different cuts. I have generally large legs in both the thigh and the calf so a lot of jeans will fit like a skinny. I like the boyfriend cut jeans to actually get a loose leg while fitting in the waist. I generally don't wear jeans, though.
  • etherealanwaretherealanwar Posts: 417Member Member Posts: 417Member Member
    Yeah this is common nowadays and can even happen within the same brand. Like others, I have to try on everything before buying and rarely purchase jeans/pants online.
  • New_Heavens_EarthNew_Heavens_Earth Posts: 549Member Member Posts: 549Member Member
    Yup, what is doubly frustrating is that every store is different. They all want ot sell to you online but how do you know what size to order??? Bugs the heck out of me.

    Especially online. I try to go by the suggested size according to my measurements, but even that's off. US sizes are almost always 2 sizes larger everywhere else , so the head game isn't always fun. I'm very reluctant to anymore due to too many misses.
  • hesn92hesn92 Posts: 5,594Member Member Posts: 5,594Member Member
    Yes it drives me crazy especially because I like buying things online. I don't have much time to "go shopping" in real life. But how do I know what size to order? I just recently sized up one on a 3 pack of shirts and they are still skin tight. I don't understand. Since when does a size 8ish woman need to order an XL or XXL in shirts?
    edited October 29
  • _BlahBlah_BlackSheep__BlahBlah_BlackSheep_ Posts: 2,100Member Member Posts: 2,100Member Member
    Inconsistent sizing combined with a non-traditional body type (tall, slim, long limbs, broad shoulders but narrow waist and small chest) is the reason I can't order clothes online. I can go in a single store and try on 10 dresses and find things that fit in anything from a 0-10 - or nothing that fits at all. What fits in one brand won't fit in another, even when the style of the item is pretty much the same.
  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 10,066Member Member Posts: 10,066Member Member
    no, i'm short with wide hips and shoulders. nothing fits. so i know my measurements and mostly go by those. it has made life easier
  • liaoverbrookliaoverbrook Posts: 108Member Member Posts: 108Member Member
    I find it hard to size up, like if I know in jeans from shop X are one size, I feel like I need to get them in the same size, even if they are too small.

    I'm forever ordering online in what I view as my default clothing size and when they get here depending on what it is, I could have sized down or up twice.
  • youcantflexcardioyoucantflexcardio Posts: 550Member, Premium Member Posts: 550Member, Premium Member
    For men it's also the skinny craze that drives me nuts finding stuff. I have a friend who's mid thigh measures the same as my upper arm, we are pretty close to the same height too. Everything seems made for either overweight people or super skinny people, there's not much middle ground for even slightly athletic men in clothing where the shoulders chest are bigger than the waist when it comes to tops or squatter/cycling thighs with bottoms.

    I was so thankful when Levi's came out with the athletic fit jeans a few years back. I reccomend them to anyone who lifts, you get low rise jeans with a taper that actually fit the thighs and the waist off the rack.
  • The_EnginerdThe_Enginerd Posts: 3,924Member Member Posts: 3,924Member Member
    Yes, some size small shirts or fleece are still WAY too big for me. 20 years ago when I was the exact same weight, I was wearing a medium. I'm having a hell of a time with dress shirts lately. I have to get a slim fit, and only certain brands that tend to run slim. And even then it feels like lately they are feeling more baggy in the abdomen and could use a tailoring...

    I bought quite a bit of stuff while I was on vacation in Europe since the cuts and sizes available were more friendly.
    edited October 29
  • rdthomsrdthoms Posts: 61Member Member Posts: 61Member Member
    We are working with a company that makes clothes to fit your size (i.e., no size numbers/measurements). It is a big problem in the industry because the size numbers are not consistent. So you wear X size in brand A and Y size in brand B. In reality you should get "your size" no matter what brand. Fun fact, there is a fitness application spin-out from this called MyShape.FITNESS (google it) that will build your body shape from just 3 measurements. Try it out - you can track your shape over time.
  • VuneVune Posts: 646Member Member Posts: 646Member Member
    All I wanted was a plain, crew neck t-shirt. No weird cuts, no pockets, no embellishments. At 5'6", 135lbs, even the extra small of the only plain t-shirts at Kohls were too big. I am not extra extra small. I don't even bother with pants because they're never cut for my shape.
  • sljohnson1207sljohnson1207 Posts: 816Member Member Posts: 816Member Member
    @rdthoms Something is wrong with that software. It takes your gender, height and weight, chest and waist measurements only? Then guesses the rest of your measurements. It's incredibly off for me in almost every measurement it guesses like neck, hips, thigh, calf, forearm, and bicep. Seems like a wonderful idea if you could input all of your current measurements.
  • HoneyBadger155HoneyBadger155 Posts: 1,381Member Member Posts: 1,381Member Member
    Even before I put on the extra weight, my size would range from a 2-6 depending on the brand/store.

    And apparently women aren't supposed to have any muscles at all, because buying shirts and suit jackets is nearly impossible without major alterations. By the time they fit my shoulders (which are broad) and aren't cutting off circulation to my hands, they are HUGE around my mid-section - and I'm still a ways from my goal weight!

    Same issue with pants and my thighs. And it's not the fatty top part of my thighs, it's like mid-thigh where things get too tight.
  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Posts: 3,039Member Member Posts: 3,039Member Member
    @rdthoms Something is wrong with that software. It takes your gender, height and weight, chest and waist measurements only? Then guesses the rest of your measurements. It's incredibly off for me in almost every measurement it guesses like neck, hips, thigh, calf, forearm, and bicep. Seems like a wonderful idea if you could input all of your current measurements.

    It would be awesome to have shoulder and bicep measurements for sure! Those are always my sticking points. I wear a whole size down in dresses without sleeves vs. with, lol.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 36,942Member Member Posts: 36,942Member Member
    I don't think it's so much a vanity sizing thing for me. I have a round booty and most guys are pretty flat assed...so it's more of a cut thing for me. Guys pants aren't cut for a booty. If I wear more fitted trousers or jeans I have to get the stretchy material..otherwise I have to wear relaxed fit jeans. I've torn the *kitten* out of 4 pairs of otherwise perfectly fitting dress pants in the past couple years. Part of that is genetic (always have had a booty), but I'm sure things have been enhanced from cycling and lifting.
  • youngmomtazyoungmomtaz Posts: 945Member Member Posts: 945Member Member
    hesn92 wrote: »
    Yes it drives me crazy especially because I like buying things online. I don't have much time to "go shopping" in real life. But how do I know what size to order? I just recently sized up one on a 3 pack of shirts and they are still skin tight. I don't understand. Since when does a size 8ish woman need to order an XL or XXL in shirts?

    And on the flip side I am a pretty solid size 12(I was size 12 20years ago too in high school but for some reason mom of the stuff I have in a box fits right now, vanity sizing sucks!). But as a size 12, sometimes 10, I often buy small shirts. Usually in the cheaper brands that size xs, s, m, l, xl. But it just makes me wonder what the truly smaller sized people are supposed to wear when I am buying up all the smalls and and an xs will fit someone who is a size 6-8??

  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Posts: 2,584Member Member Posts: 2,584Member Member
    I was shaped like Kim Kardashian waaaaay before it was popular. I made all my pants cause it was so much easier than shopping and then altering. It’s so much easier for me to shop now. I completely understand the frustration. Thank goodness I don’t live it anymore.
  • DanpDanp Posts: 1,310Member Member Posts: 1,310Member Member
    I honestly don't know how you do it. It would drive me absolutely insane. I get shirty with arbitrary S, M, L, XL, etc sizing in men's clothing but at least our pants come in inch/cm waist measurements and our shirts come in inch/cm collar measurements (which is actually a pretty reliable indicator of fit).

    You all need to start a revolution. Flatly refuse to buy clothing that comes in dumb made up size numbers and only shop at stores that implement a standard universal system.
    edited October 30
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