Has there been a new surge in vanity sizing?

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    Dec 30, 2013 6:28 PM GMT
    I don't buy a lot of clothes, but I had to buy a couple of pairs of pants this month. Is it my imagination, or has there been a sudden escalation in vanity sizing? Maybe a holiday marketing thing? I was seeing waist sizes 4 inches larger than the labels AND the corresponding ad text said they "run snug, so buy a size larger." This wasn't the sort of material that would shrink with washing, either. icon_rolleyes.gif

    On the positive side, I've gone back to a 30-inch waist with no effort on my part... 2014 resolutions already completed! icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Dec 30, 2013 6:37 PM GMT
    LOL

    Perhaps it is a size-inflation. We are getting slimmer every year icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 30, 2013 6:38 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI don't buy a lot of clothes, but I had to buy a couple of pairs of pants this month. Is it my imagination, or has there been a sudden escalation in vanity sizing? Maybe a holiday marketing thing? I was seeing waist sizes 4 inches larger than the labels AND the corresponding ad text said they "run snug, so buy a size larger." This wasn't the sort of material that would shrink with washing, either. icon_rolleyes.gif

    On the positive side, I've gone back to a 30-inch waist with no effort on my part... 2014 resolutions already completed! icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif

    It's a gradual change - has been going on for years.
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    Dec 30, 2013 6:40 PM GMT
    I bought a couple of shirts from the same company that I'd bought from for years. Always a size M, and the sleeves just right, occ would shrink to be a tad short, but the next size too large. So imagine my surprise this year when I bought 2 new shirts from them and suddenly the sleeves are hanging 3" below my fingertips and I could fit a second me inside of it. I had to buy a small, which fit perfectly; as perfectly as the old shirts.
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    Dec 30, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    Different clothing makers use different models to size their clothes.
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    Dec 30, 2013 7:16 PM GMT
    Yes, "Small," "Medium," and "Large" are relative and imprecise. But an actual measurement should not vary between brands.

    I was getting measured for a new wetsuit last week. For one brand, they claim I'm "medium" height, "small" waist, and "XXL" chest. icon_rolleyes.gif The old one was just "large."
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    Dec 31, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    If my waist measurement equalled my pants measurement I'd be a fitness competitor for sure.
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    Dec 31, 2013 7:52 AM GMT
    I think it's a regional thing.

    Basically: americans are huge on vanity sizing. If I buy jeans from an American Label, even one that has a gay angle and "form fitting" cut, I am a 28. If I get a pair of jeans made in italy, a 30 fits perfectly. I hear french jeans are also big on vanity sizing.

    TLDR?

    #fatamurica
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    Dec 31, 2013 8:01 AM GMT
    ^^ I think it has to do with the specific business. Examples and according to the businesses:

    Armani Exchange - I wear an XL large shirt
    Banana Republic - medium shirt
    Old Navy - small shirt

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    Dec 31, 2013 9:13 AM GMT
    Erik101 said^^ I think it has to do with the specific business. Examples and according to the businesses:

    Armani Exchange - I wear an XL large shirt
    Banana Republic - medium shirt
    Old Navy - small shirt



    This is also true, but it's easiest to see in men's pants sizes since a 34 is supposed to represent a 34 inch waist.

    Also not surprisingly, the further downmarket you get the roomier the clothes get.