Sizing creep in pictures – how I stayed in denial
Monday, November 12, 2012
Many Sparkers have commented on the sizing creep of the fashion industry. Since I have “vintage” clothing all the way back to 1959, I just did some in-house research.
Here I am with my 2nd child. I’m very happy to be wearing my SIZE 10 shorts. They have a zipper AND a belt. No elastic waists back then, at least not for me. A side note: The baby is 40 years old now and I’m proud to say she just ran a 3:08 marathon time on Saturday.
Here I am again and smiling because these SIZE 8 shorts are actually loose. They have a zipper and a belt too. I must be doing great, right?
Let’s just compare. I’ve still got both pair.
Look at the waist.
Look at the hip and thigh close-up.
The inseam of both is exactly the same, but I’ve got a LOT more room elsewhere.
Using my tape measure, the old 40 year old size 10 allows a 25” waist and 22 inch thigh.
The size 8 (30 years later) allow for a 28.5” waist and 26 inch thighs.
No wonder I still felt like I was doing fine. And I bought cheap clothes! If I bought pricier stuff I would be an even smaller size.
I once met a politician’s wife who according to news articles wore a size 4. I asked my doctor. “How can she be a 4 and I’m a 10? I’ve stood right next to her and she’s not smaller than me.” He replied that “if you spent $500 for a dress I’d call you a 4 too.”