Have you ever bought something because the item was a size or two smaller than what you normally wear? I know I have! You won't believe the number of times I've actually done this!
Have you ever refrained from buying something because the item that fit was marked a size larger than what you normally would buy? I know I have done this too!
Are you tired of having to try on multiples of a particular clothing because there's such a huge difference in sizing? I know I do!
Because there's such a huge difference in sizing from one manufacturer to the next, and since I hate having to guess what size would fit me, well.... besides the fact that I like J Crew style, I have stuck solely to buying J Crew! J Crew makes up about 75% of my wardrobe today.
Despite the complaints from other JCAs about the variation in sizes at J Crew, I have to say that most of the time, I know the size that I should be purchasing when shopping at J Crew. I know that a size 4 short pant is going to fit me well. I know that a Medium Sweater is going to be waaaaaay too big on me. Size Small fits me 99% of the time, but occasionally, I might have to go into an XS. I know that I wear a size 2 Pencil Skirt and that a 4 will fit me in the hip but be way too big in the waist.... You get the gist.
I like knowing, on the most part, what will fit and what won't. I hate having to bring 3 sizes of the same skirt or a tee into the fitting room - only to have the Sales Associate tell me that 5 is the maximum number of pieces I can bring in.
So, what am I ranting about then?
Well, I've been wondering if J Crew engages in Vanity Sizing? Why do I ask this? The reason is, while I am a size 4 pant at J Crew, I am not a size 4 pants anywhere else. Neither am I a size 2 skirt anywhere other than J Crew. Similarly, I have difficulty fitting into a size Small Sweater or Tee and seldom will a size 2 or 4 blouse fit me anywhere outside J Crew. Which leads me to think that maybe, I'm really not as small as I've been lead to believe!
Don't get me wrong. I am not complaining about my size. I'm not complaining about being fat or overweight. In fact, I'm quite thrilled that I was able to lose a bunch of weight and keep it off for over a year thus far. I am also thrilled by the way I look today. But what I would like is to fit into a size 2 skirt, size 4 pants, size small tee, sweater or cardigan, and a size 2 to 4 blouse everywhere.
Do I miraculously shrink whenever I wear J Crew clothing? or do I instantaneously expand when I put on a different brand?
At Jacob, I wear a size 8 bottom and a size small / medium tee. At Club Monaco, I am a size 6 bottom and a size small top. At H & M, I need to remove a Rib before I can fit into a size 10 dress. AND TODAY, while trying on the amazing Mizrahi inspired Liz Claiborne, I found that I am between a size 10 and 12. What the heck????!!!
Yes, I realize that every label's sizing is different. But, can it be THAT different? Can I go from a size 2 in J Crew Skirts to a size 12 at Liz Claiborne. If I'm between a size 10 and a 12 at Liz Claiborne, then what would a size 12 J Crew be wearing at Liz Claiborne? It boggles my mind to think that the customer would be wearing a size 20? It's either that Liz Claiborne has really $#@%ed-up sizing or that J Crew engages in Vanity sizing or maybe it's a combination of %$#@ed-up sizing and vanity sizing.
Just in case you were wondering, yes, I ended up buying the Liz Claiborne skirt today in the size 10 and the 12. I haven't quite decided if I am going to keep them or return them just yet. The print is very pretty (yes, I will be posting pictures soon), BUT IT'S A FREAKING SIZE 10, POSSIBLY SIZE 12!!! Am I vain? Of course I am. But I'm no different that the next person. In my tiny little brain of mine, I'd like to think that I'm thiner, and prettier and taller and fit into a smaller size than I really do in real-life.
I love the fact that I wear a small size at J Crew.... even though when the item is measured against a different brand, it's exactly the same measurement. But size 2 sounds so much better than size 12, don't you think?
So, do you think that J Crew engages in Vanity Sizing? Perhaps Liz Claiborne should jump on the same Band-Wagon. I know that I would certainly be keeping one of the skirts if it had read size 2.
Yes, I know, I'm being foolish. It's only a number. And no one is going to know what that number is. But I do and I hate knowing that it's anything other than a size 2!