We forget that every brand sizes differently. Some brands size smaller. This helps us feel better about how we look, so we'll buy more. Some brands size more traditionally. Just think of what size your grandmother was? I always hear people say, Marilyn Monroe was a size 14, but in today's standards that was closer to a 6 or an 8. Despite the number label, she was beautiful and relatively small even then.
Sizing even varies within the same brands. You buy a medium blouse one time and the next time you need a large. Your favorite brands do switched manufacture over time. Your blouse could be at the bottom of the fabric cut to make the medium bigger.
I laugh when someone come into the store and says, "I'm a size 2." Honestly, that means nothing. Sizing has changed so much in the past 40 years that a size 2 in one brand is actually a size 8 in another. A size 8 could be also be a size 12.
I feel like we need a better system for sizing, especially with us buying more online. I hate the hassle of returning anything and I want it to fit. So what can make it easier? Online, is difficult but it does help to read the actual measurements, there is lots of information in most online descriptions.
In store, I always try multiple sizes when I shop. I get what fits despite the size. I understand most customers don't want to be frustrated in the fitting room. But they usually are, because there is no real measurement system that works between brands.
So my advice is... Ask for help. Don't be afraid of a number. Try different things and buy what fits. When you get home cut out the "bull shit tag" the most fashion forward people do.
Post By: Elizabeth Knispel