Was talking with a friend last night about sizing in RTW (ready to wear). She’s lost weight. Wohoo! Her size has changed, but to what??? Agh! We discussed size charts. Later it hit me: the charts say nothing about ease. Oops! Hope you’re reading this, My Friend!
Ever had a size x of something fit you perfectly, but the same size x in a different style – even from the same designer – is all wrong? Might be because the ease that was built into the 2 styles wasn’t the same. Sometimes I’ve seen this referred to obliquely as “relaxed” vs. “tailored” fit, or “curvy” vs. “slim” fit. Being fair, this can also be affected by style & cut.
How can I tell about ease in RTW? I go online, and look for comments, and if there’s an 800 number to call, I call it and ask about the fit: is it tight or loose at bust, waist, hip, & thigh? I’ve probably sent back as many items as I’ve kept. Sometimes you just gotta put a garment on to see if it fits!
What if your measurements are a perfect size x, but every size x you put on feels too small? Could be ease. Maybe your individual stride is longer than allowed for by the skirt designer, or you flex your shoulders all the time & there’s no room for that designed into the blouse. Whatever the reason, buy what you feel comfortable wearing, and don’t pay attention to numbers. In fashion & pattern industries, there is no standardization of sizing.
I repeat: There Is No Standardization Of Sizing!