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Poll: why do I always need swimmers and undies a size bigger than my normal clothes size? (195 member(s) have cast votes)

My clothes size is...

  1. the same as my undies (44 votes [22.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.56%

  2. smaller than my undies (124 votes [63.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.59%

  3. larger than my undies (27 votes [13.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.85%

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#1 just someone

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:17 PM

As the title says, why is this? My normal trouser/jeans size is size 8. There is no way that size 8 undies or bikini bottoms fit my supposedly size 8 bum. I have to get size 10. Even if everything is in the same clothing brand. The same for my daughters. Why? I don't understand. Is it just us, or is it the same for everyone?

Edited by just someone, 17 February 2017 - 07:23 PM.


#2 BornToLove

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:21 PM

I have the same issue, my undies are usually a size or two larger than pant size. I blame vanity sizing.

#3 jdl

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:26 PM

Hell yes, Size six in all clothing, most of it loose.

Size 12 jockeys.

#4 RemyBlue

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:26 PM

Me too. You would think that the clothes would be the bigger size seeing as it goes over the top not the opposite.

#5 just someone

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:37 PM

View PostBornToLove, on 17 February 2017 - 06:21 PM, said:

I blame vanity sizing.

Why though don't the undies also have vanity sizing? Or is it the opposite for undies, like everyone wants a big bum these days, so the undies are vanity sized to be a big size. While we still want tiny bodies, so the clothes are vanity sized to be a small size. So you can feel like you have all the fashion at once -  big bum and yet skinny overall.

Edited by just someone, 17 February 2017 - 06:38 PM.


#6 MrsLexiK

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:43 PM

mine always matches up more likely I can wear a size or two smaller then my pant size.

#7 lisacat

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:46 PM

I normally wear smaller underwear by 2 sizes. I don't wear swimmers.

#8 jag04

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:48 PM

I've noticed this as well! Size 10 clothes, need size 14 undies.

#9 Phascogale

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:51 PM

I'm the opposite.  Knickers two sizes smaller than my pants!

#10 livelifelovehappy

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:52 PM

Me too!

It's the same for underwear too. At my skinniest, I was a size 6, and wore size 12 undies. I am now 8-10 and still like size 12. Same in bikini.

I just thought I had a disproportionate bum!

#11 Lesley225

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:00 PM

My undies are 1 to 2 sizes smaller than the pants I wear.

#12 Helga Hufflepuff

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:01 PM

I wear a size smaller in underwear and swimwear. I think it's related to hip and tummy size for me. I am apple shaped, so clothes need to be pretty wide to fit around my tummy. As undies sit lower, I can wear a smaller size as they don't need to circumnavigate my ample belly!

I can imagine pear shaped women might have the same experience as you OP. If you have a smaller middle you might be able to wear a smaller dress size as most styles have a lot of hip room anyway. But undies sit close to your hips so maybe reflect hip size.

Just a theory!

#13 BurningBright

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:01 PM

I have the same issue - size 12 to 14 jeans and skirts and size 16 undies. I seriously thought it was just me till I read your post.

#14 Bloss0m

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:02 PM

Yep same here - size 8 pants but size 10 undies. This has only been the past 5 years though..prior to my daughter being born I was size 8 for everything.

#15 CallMeFeral

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:07 PM

My undies and clothes sizes pretty much match. And I don't think I have a small bum in particular.

That said, maybe it's brand related - mine are target/kmart...

#16 HamsterPower

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:12 PM

I have always had this problem too !! I just assumed it was me. Now that I think about it PP might be on to something with the body shape theory. I have always had largish hips and a small waist for my size. Makes sense that my undies are bigger when I think of it like that..
I kinda like any explanation which doesn't confirm it is my big butt though:-)

#17 Babetty

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:13 PM

I think there might be something in the apple / pear explanation. I'm size 10 clothes and 12 undies,and dresses or a straight skirt are likely to be loose on my waist and tight on my hips. So I'm a pear. Or maybe I'll claim hourglass!

#18 KoalaTeeTime

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:15 PM

This ia my secons edit...I have no idea what I'm talking about.

Edited by KoalaTeeTime, 17 February 2017 - 07:27 PM.


#19 just someone

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:17 PM

Haha. Interesting. I'm going to add a poll, if I can figure out how to work it.

#20 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:24 PM

View Postjag04, on 17 February 2017 - 06:48 PM, said:

I've noticed this as well! Size 10 clothes, need size 14 undies.

Same for me. Hourglass figure here.

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 17 February 2017 - 07:25 PM.


#21 Hands Up

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:49 PM

My undies are a size bigger. Only way to avoid VPL.

#22 just someone

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:52 PM

View PostKoalaTeeTime, on 17 February 2017 - 07:15 PM, said:

This ia my secons edit...I have no idea what I'm talking about.

Looks like you're enjoying your Friday night much more than me, lol.

#23 Cake Trap

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:53 PM

I am an hourglass. I can see an apple wearing smaller undies, but if my size 10 pants fit easily over my a*se then why do i need size 14 undies.

#24 just someone

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:56 PM

View PostCake Trap, on 17 February 2017 - 07:53 PM, said:

I am an hourglass. I can see an apple wearing smaller undies, but if my size 10 pants fit easily over my a*se then why do i need size 14 undies.

Yeah, see skirts and dresses a size or so smaller I can understand fits with the pear shape theory. But why the pants??

#25 TequilaMockingbird

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:59 PM

Someone who knows such things explained it to me once.

Their explanation was that clothing sizes were vanity sized, underwear and swimwear are not.

Personally I think clothing manufacturers are just messing with me.




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