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  1. says: Frankincensy

    Haha, indeed… if you go back to when sizing was first standardised (about the 1950s), I'd be a 10 or a 12! I wonder when manufacturers will get the message that vanity sizing is silly, patronising and unhelpful? There's got to be a way of accommodating people at both ends of the size spectrum, instead of catering to one group at the expense of another.

  2. says: CynthiaC

    Yeah, totally. They even made fun of it in The Devil Wears Prada, though a lot of people (especially body image activists) took it as if to mean that models/ the "it" size went from four to two. I guess it can be interpreted both ways.

  3. says: HM63

    I now wear a smaller size than in high school….and that was 30 years ago. I was 97 lbs in the 80's and wore size 5/6 pants.

  4. says: Anonymous

    LOL. I was a 2P, promoted to a 0P and now 00P ?? I have been gaining weight over the years..
    Don't be alarm if you find me in the Toddler/Infant section. I am shopping for myself. Please ! Don't vanity sizing our undergarment. 30DDD will become the new 30AAA.
    Sabrina from NY

  5. says: Erin

    haha!! This. Is. Awesome.

    One of my favorite pieces of "trivia" is that Marilyn Monroe wore a size 12-16. That's nowhere near modern sizing! Her waist was 23" and her hips were my size — and I wear a 2!!

  6. says: Jackie

    Lol, this is too true!! Thanks to vanity sizing I am once again sized out of my beloved 00. *sigh* And my shoe size has dropped from a 6 to a 5.5 I also recently found out that my proper bra size is a 28DD I use to fit a 32B just fine about 5 years ago!

  7. says: PetiteXXS

    Lol… sad but true. I know that Americans are getting more and more overweight as a whole, and supposedly the clothing industry is changing to accommodate. But instead of vanity sizing, they should just add more sizes!

  8. says: Katie, Interrobangs Anonymous

    The only plus to vanity sizing from my p.o.v. is that, as so many people get larger, I can finally find my size (~16) in the stores. I'm 6 feet all, and size 16 is perfect for my frame, but so few stores carried it. Now I'm the same as a 14 in J Crew, and it opens up more options.

  9. says: Faith J.

    Hilarious! The day I realized vanity sizing, I was in a Banana Republic dressing room. I don't shop there too much any more.

  10. says: Frankincensy

    @Katie Yeah, I stop short of saying "vanity sizing benefits nobody", because whilst problematic, it clearly does benefit women who otherwise couldn't find their size, and those women need clothes just as much as size 00 women do. There must be a way that the clothing industry can find room for women of one size without nudging out women of another size.

  11. says: Petite Chic[k]

    For me, I've always found that different stores have different sizing, depending on if the store is more geared towards adults or teens. I'm 18, so I still shop in juniors stores like Hollister and Abercrombie Kids. But I also like "young adult" stores like American Eagle and Abercrombie & Fitch. American Eagle's jeans run pretty big, so I almost always wear a 00. At Hollister, I'm a 0 or 1. And I'm about 5'1 and 90 lbs! It's really hard for me to find jeans that aren't ridiculously long. I have a 30 inch inseam, and most "short" jeans are about a 33 inch inseam. Ridiculous!

  12. says: Fran

    this is so true!

    btw – i have just stumbled across your blog and love it! i'm working my way through all your posts. i have a bad feeling this blog will be detrimental to my attempt to curb my shopping! :P

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