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#1 liveworkplay

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:12 AM

I'm on a roll with threads this week laughing2.gif

So DD1 and DD2 have their dance concerts coming up and need flesh coloured undies. Went to Woolies and volia, flesh coloured undies half price! So I brought a twin pack and got the girls to try them on, yep all good fit well.

My problem/question you ask? Well the size of said undies were size 8 ADULT. So my "same size as a 10 year old" 6 and 8 year olds fit into size 8 adult undies!!

What does that say about the unrealistic sizing of women's clothes?




#2 SophieBear

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:19 AM

I always find underwear to be smaller than my normal sizing. So I go a size (or two sometimes), especially to avoid VPL's.

Perhaps it's because they stretch after a while?

#3 Apageintime

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:20 AM

We're they bonds? I find bonds run a little small.

But i actually think vanity sizing is a bigger problem. I'm probably closer to a size 10 but fit into a 6 or an 8 in some stores. I think that's the trend that makes a lot of overweight people think they don't have a problem. It's easy to think you don't have anything to worry about when you can fit into the same size you did 15 Years ago (even though you may have put on 15 kgs)

#4 liveworkplay

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:26 AM

QUOTE
We're they bonds? I find bonds run a little small.


Yeah they are.

QUOTE
But i actually think vanity sizing is a bigger problem.


I agree with this as well. And its not just between stores. Its between styles and even colours!!

#5 Duck-o-lah

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:27 AM

I find underwear sizing bizarre. Like a PP said I find they are usually way too small, so I usually buy 2 sizes up. Last time I did this they practically fell off me  huh.gif

#6 danielle1985

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:31 AM

I think the biggest issue is consistency. I would rather be a larger size and know that, 9 times out of 10, when I go into a store and buy something that it will fit! I have about 3 sizes in my cupboard that fit equally well.

#7 MintyBiscuit

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:32 AM

There is a huge lack of uniformity. Of things I've bought recently, there are 12s, 14s, 16s, mediums, larges and extra larges. It's a farce. I know I'm not a 12, and if we're just talking tops I'm not even a 14 in most styles. I would love to see some sort of consistency

#8 Oriental lily

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:32 AM

If there  was not a market for them then they would not stock them

When I am at my thinnest I can fit in to a size 12-14 children's clothes.
I have a small frame and am only 159 cm tall.

Many Asian girls are incredibly petite and would easily fit in to size 8 clothing.

If anything sizes are getting bigger due to 'vanity' sizing.

Your also dealing with elasticated clothing tht is made to fit a various amount of petite figures.

Edited by Oriental lily, 10 November 2012 - 07:33 AM.


#9 toosenuf

Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:24 AM

(i think) we were told that a size 8 womens is equal to a size 14 girls, i am guessing/finding that this isnt always true.

ETA:  DD1 started high school at the beginning of this year, so this time last year we were uniform shopping at the school shop, DD1 is generally size 12 ladies, So i was completely horrified when we had to get the size 18 skirt. Just beofre school started she tries it on again, it just a bit too big, we go a the retail shop htat also sells same school clothes (not endorsed by the school) and buy the next size down. School Shop tell me that they are 'not' small sizing, thats just how they are. WTF

So this year we are in the same boat for DD2, but this time she barely fits into Size 12 girls for pants/skirts, if she does it needs elastic with the button attachment thingys (like you find at Pumpkin Patch) or very tight elastic ot the skirt/pants will fall down.  so yesterday we go to the school shop, their Size 8 (Womens) skirt fits exactly on DD2 who is a nearly size 12 girls, same for the Size 8 shorts.  This time we are thankful that they even fit her.  If you were to see DD2 you she is (as has alwyas been) very VERy lean and is now VERY tall for her age.

Edited by toosenuf, 10 November 2012 - 08:38 AM.


#10 VeritasVinum

Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:03 AM

I am a small size 8-10 and only 5ft. I purchase kids size 12 jackets.

As I have hips for undies I wear size 12. So I can see how size 8 undies would fit kids.

#11 KT1978

Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:57 AM

I bought a large sized t shirt in Nike brand and found it too tight across the bust.

It fits my ten year old.

I buy her size 12 girls now but she fits anywhere from 10 girls to medium ladies.

It's probably also that I want a t shirt, not a skin tight, barely long enough thing so we buy bigger than we are "supposed to". I also buy school shirts in a boys 8-10. I'm convinced the pools in 8 boys are identical to 12 girls except for the tag.

#12 Mille-Mille

Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:03 AM

It's crazy, i'm a size 8-10 and I find I have to buy size 14 bikini bottoms so I don't have any unsightly bulge WTF!!!! It's a tad depressing!

#13 Three Of Hearts

Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:04 AM

My friend and I were talking about this the other day when she said she'd gone home and cried after not fitting into a size 16 top she'd tried on in a store.  She is not a size 16 by any means!!

To show her she hasn't piled on the weight I pulled out the 3 dresses I have purchased in the past 3 weeks.  One is a 14, one a 16 and one an 18.  The 14 is the loosest fit of the lot!   ddoh.gif

#14 jayskette

Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:09 PM

I give up reading the size numbers and read the actual bust/waist/neck/sleeve measurements instead.

#15 miriams

Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:17 PM

Not sure but did notice that when looking for winter clothes on sale last week (to take overseas this Christmas), there were a heap of stylish clothes for plus size women and not much in size 12  laugh.gif I think with all the shifting of  manufacturing to China, we're seeing more inconsistencies with sizing because they are a smaller build. That's my take on it anyway.

#16 TobiasFLK

Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:18 PM

Bonds are notoriously small.

I am a size 8. Rarely I will fit into a 10.

I have to buy bonds size 12 undies in order to cover my butt.

Chikdrens clothes are the same. My size 1 DS wears size 2 bonds.

#17 WYSIWYG

Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:23 PM

QUOTE (lsolaBella @ 10/11/2012, 07:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As I have hips for undies I wear size 12. So I can see how size 8 undies would fit kids.



QUOTE (Mille-Mille @ 10/11/2012, 08:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's crazy, i'm a size 8-10 and I find I have to buy size 14 bikini bottoms so I don't have any unsightly bulge WTF!!!!

Similar to above, size 8-10 generally but wear size 12 bonds undies because of my hips/fat bulge.

#18 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:27 PM

I'm a size 8 and I AM the size of a 10-12 year old girl.

Makes perfect sense to me.

#19 protart roflcoptor

Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

QUOTE (NapCat @ 10/11/2012, 01:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a size 8 and I AM the size of a 10-12 year old girl.

Makes perfect sense to me.



Me as well.

Not a "problem" I would waste any time thinking about really.

Who cares?

If they fit (clothes, undies, whatever), buy them and wear them. A size on the label means stuff all.



#20 ComradeBob

Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

Yes, but it's irritating  really bloody annoying to grab a pile of clothes in one size, get to the change room and discover they don't fit, even though they should. Especially if you've in a store like Target, where that size DID fit last year, and you know you haven't got bigger or smaller in the intervening time, or  if there's a queue for the change rooms or you're toddler wrangling.

It's also bloody annoying when you then go into a different store and try on what you think is your size and the sizing is different. Nothing to do with weight, or body image or whatever, for me it's simply about efficiency. I don't want to have to reinvent the sizing wheel every time I go to buy new clothes!

#21 Chocolate Addict

Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:08 PM

I am a plus size gal and have had to stop buying my clothes from Big W due the opposite reason. Their new "Adeva" (??) range is such a small make.
A few people have had the same issue, normally wear a size 20 and bought a 26 after holding it up to the body only to try it on at home and it is too tight - 3 sizes bigger than normal and it doesn't fit?

I don't bother anymore.

The size 8 issues, sounds normal, size 6 or 8 women are pretty small so why wouldn't a child fit in to them?

I was looking for a blue shirt for dress ups for my 7yo and found the colour I was after at Kmart in the ladies section - got a size 8 and cut the bottom off, it fit, he didn't care and the dress up outfit was complete. original.gif

#22 tothebeach

Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

QUOTE
I'm a size 8 and I AM the size of a 10-12 year old girl.

This was certainly true for me at size 8.  Even now at size 10, I definitely see young teens who are bigger than me.

#23 protart roflcoptor

Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:27 PM

QUOTE (BobTheKelpie @ 10/11/2012, 01:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, but it's irritating  really bloody annoying to grab a pile of clothes in one size, get to the change room and discover they don't fit, even though they should. Especially if you've in a store like Target, where that size DID fit last year, and you know you haven't got bigger or smaller in the intervening time, or  if there's a queue for the change rooms or you're toddler wrangling.

It's also bloody annoying when you then go into a different store and try on what you think is your size and the sizing is different. Nothing to do with weight, or body image or whatever, for me it's simply about efficiency. I don't want to have to reinvent the sizing wheel every time I go to buy new clothes!


See, what I think is unrealistic is to expect every single cut, style, shape etc of every item of clothing to fit a so called 'standard' size. So much depends on the style and cut and fabric...and then it goes on a badzillion different body shapes.



#24 Hardworkin

Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:42 PM

Yes it totally is down to body shape!

I know it is annoying though but I find many stores try and change their sizing to

accomodate different shapes so you can usually find one style that fits you and then not another.


I can be medium in Country Road T's and then not fit into an XL dress because it is slimcut.

Also can fit into size 14 in Big W shorts but then another style of short won't even fit in to

the 16.

#25 *molly*

Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:06 PM

Like several PPs, I wear an 8-10 in clothing but usually buy a 12 in undies, especially bonds. This thread makes me feel better that I'm not alone! Makes it very hard to buy undies that fit because I often have no idea what size to get. I've got a drawer full of never-worn, slightly too small undies. I hate bulges and VPL.




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