i've always wondered?

Discussion in 'Clothes' started by floatingthistle, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. floatingthistle

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    before vanity sizing and size zero was around
    i remember many years ago that people made a huge deal out of being size 8, but what was size 8?
    is today's equivelant of size 0 the same as size 8 a decade ago?
    i've always confused about this because we have different sizing here
     
  2. TubbsMcGee

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    Back in the late 80's my Mom was a size UK10, I've seen pictures of her and she was tiny, easily a UK6 today. About a decade ago I was a UK8 and my measurements were 31-24-34. I remember the big fuss when Miss Selfridge brought out size 6, everyone was shocked that such a small size could be needed and used to hold up size 6 clothes in the shop and marvel at how tiny they were. Now you can get a size 6 and it has the measurements 31-24-34. Size 8's are generally about 33-26-36 although many stores are closer to 34-27-37(I've seen bigger than this too!). Which makes it a bitch to find clothes in highstreet stores if you're thin. Miss Selfridge now stock a size UK4, people were shocked when that came out but now nobody bats an eyelid-I give it another 2 years before they bring out a UK2.
     
  3. grapefruit

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    That's crazy! I don't understand why they just can't make higher sizes so the fatties know they're fat
     
  4. SkinnyMilly

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    Pretty sure size 0 in the US = size 4 in australia. So size 8 in Australia is size 4 US. Technically size 0 doesn't exist here, the smallest size is size 6 (US size 2), and a lot of shops don't even stock that size.
     
  5. TubbsMcGee

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    Because then they wouldn't be happy to blow all their money on that shops clothes 'Look! I'm a size 10 omgomgomg!' No, you're a generous size 12, deal with it. :meh:
     
  6. Gogo

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    I'm not quite sure if it fits into this thread but I just found an old trouser suit from my mum. It's from Jean Paul Gaultier and a 36 (UK 8) and it´is definitely smaller than the average size 36 from today.
     
  7. SatelliteEyes

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    At least in Canada (we use US sizing), you can find size 2s, 0s, and even 00s. So even if the vanity sizing is absurd (a size 00 is probably a size 2 from the '90s), you can hunt around and easily find small clothes.

    As for the UK size 8 thing, I guess that's around a US size 4, and that's just kind of the 'skinny' size for adult women. Like, if you're a 4-6 and average height, you can deem yourself very thin (lol). A lot of female celebrities here in their 30s and 40s claim to be that size, too.
     
  8. skinny4ever

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    In the 1960s 2 was the smallest size. In the 1980s there was the birth of the "0/2", a hybrid vanity size for aspirational types. Instead of just being a yucky old 1960s 2, you could be the new, improved 0/2.

    In teen sizes, which also had some cross over for adults, the goal size was 5. Anything smaller than that was really small. I wore a 1980s 3 back in the day. I don't think there was 1.

    Nowadays, 1 is the teen size and is even big in some lines. 0 is the super small size for adults and 2 is the "average" size. For petites though you can still look big to super skinny girls, be wayyyy smaller than the average WW soccer mom, and not remotely wear anything like a size 2.

    For years I wore the Gap size 1; I really wish they had never discontinued it because it is my real size: 24.5 inches, about as skinny as a model. Now I wear the Gap 00 but I really just go with F21 for my sizing. If I can wear the F21 size 25 jeans and size small I'm good.
     
  9. Agytha

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    Some shops do offer a 4AU but it's rare and very "vanity" ;)
     

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