Over the weekend, I did a little work in my closet. Things needed to be hung up, ironed, and generally straightened up a bit.
While hanging up 2 skirts together, I noticed something. Although the 2 skirts were the same style, bought at the same time, at the same store, in the same size, their measurements didn’t match.
What you don’t see in this pic is that the skirts are completely aligned on the left side. So, the red skirt is at least an inch or two larger in some spots than the green skirt.
That’s kind of shocking, isn’t it?
And it also explains why I thought I had gained weight last week when I wore the green skirt to work. It felt so much tighter to me than the red skirt that I had worn the week earlier. I wasn’t freaking out about it. I just figured I was retaining some water.
So I did a little size comparison with some other favorite skirts.
Again, these are all aligned on the left and give you a general sense of size variations. These skirts range from a 2 to a 6. The pink skirt, the largest of the bunch, ironically is marked the smallest at a 2. Ha.
Although I know all about vanity sizing, I never took my own closet to task, so it was interesting to see how different retailers mark their clothes.
This little skirt exercise also reinforced something I already knew. Size doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. Clothes are cut differently and vary from piece to piece, even within the same style. Don’t ever be afraid to go up a size if an item doesn’t fit you correctly.
Also, try things on. It’s the only way to gage how something fits you. (I still know women who just grab clothes in their “size” without trying them on.)
All in all, I try not to get wrapped up in the sizes I wear. I know it varies. And after recovery, I know it’s more about how I feel than how something fits me.
Have you noticed this size variance in your own closet? Do you always try things on?