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Old 01-24-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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How many pounds = a size ?

I suppose a size has something to do with ones height, think??

I am 5' 2" so about how many #'s would one need to go down for say a pants/jeans to also go down?

Any thoughts???
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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It depends on how heavy you are, when you're a size 24 it will take a lot more pounds to go down a size, than it would if you were a size 8. I know that I could go 35 pounds without losing a size, then go down a size, then 10 pounds later be down another, it really has little to do with the scale and more about where you're carrying your pounds and where you're losing your pounds.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:26 PM   #3
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What Julie said.

It took me FOREVER to lose my first size -- seriously, almost 30 pounds to go from a size 22 to a size 20. But then the difference between a size 14 and a size 12 was about ten pounds and now, six pounds later, my 12's are getting too big. Sizes are so mysterious...
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This is difficult because sizes run different at different stores. My size ranges from 8-12, but all are getting too big inches can change size too. I would say don't worry about the size and just go with what looks good and feels good. I could take my own advice because I want to be a size 2 or 4 again. On the 3 fat chicks on a diet website it says you have to lose one inch in bust waist and hips to lose dress size, which requires losing 10-15 pounds. Good luck!
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Sizes are so weird.

When I was 152, I was a 10, but they were getting pretty snug (like leave the unbuttoned snug). I wasn't able to fit in an 8 until I'd hit about 138 (so 14 pounds) and they were a bit snug. Now at 131-132, my 8's are comfy. But I have 1 pair that gives me baggy butt syndrome after about 2 hours in them. And my mom found me a pair of Anne Kline dress slacks at TJ Maxx that are a size 6 and they fit like a dream. But I can't wear jeans in size 6 at all yet.

And then I was talking with a lady a few weeks ago who was 180 pounds and she said she was wearing 10's. (she's about 3 inches taller than me though).

And to further complicate things, if I thrift store shop, all bets are off, because sizes 10 years ago are NOT the same as they are today.
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And then I was talking with a lady a few weeks ago who was 180 pounds and she said she was wearing 10's.
Ridiculous.
As are many of the sizes on mybodyproject.com. 240 pounds? Size 12!
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Ridiculous.
As are many of the sizes on mybodyproject.com. 240 pounds? Size 12!
I agree. I'm about 173 right now and can't fit back in my 14s yet!
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yep, especially depends where you carry your weight. pear shapes (like myself) take longer to go down in pants sizes versus apple shapes. i have a friend who is apple shaped in smaller pants then me but is still heavier then me.

i didnt see a size difference until almost 25 pounds and now 15 pounds later i went down 2 more sizes

currently in a 14 and i weight 189. some 14's are still to tight, depends on the brand.
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I wonder about this sort of thing all the time

I'm probably another example of strange sizing proportions for my weight...

I weigh about 140 pounds (may be less - about 63kgs - I'm in Australia) and I'm 5'5" (maybe a little shorter - again 166/167cms metric) and I fit into Australian/UK 8-10, which is a US size 4-6.

I have a large amount of muscle mass, so when I lose any weight, my clothes immediately get baggy. Every kg/lb makes a huge difference.
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Although - I put things down to the madness of the clothing industry!

I bought a dress the other day -thinking it was a UK 18 (at TK Maxx - funny the J in the States and the K here!!) - and when I got it home it was a UK 16 and a US 12 - it fits me (very snugly) and I am 241lbs!!!

It is however a fit and flare dress with stretch in it!!! I could try and claim I was a size 12 - because my trousers and leggings are a US 12 - sometimes a 10!! However - they are all stretchy!! and the only reason I can get away with it is that I always wear long tops!!!!

But in real clothes - I am probably a US 18 for trousers and maybe US 20 for shirts

It's all madness!!

Oh yes - to the OP - I've given up caring what my dress size - if it fits and suits me (and I can afford it!) I buy it - it may say 26 it may say 12! But I have no idea how many lbs you have to lose to drop a dress size - because I wear so many!!
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Ridiculous.
As are many of the sizes on mybodyproject.com. 240 pounds? Size 12!
I concur.

I am 177 and 5'7" and have a closet full of size 8's and 10's that I cannot wear. 14 is it for now. And jeans are 16.
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I'm 5'4", and I seem to go down a size in 10 lb increments for the larger sizes. So when I'm 165-175 I wear a 14. 12's fit from about 155-165. 145-155 will get me into 10s. From there, it's about 5 lbs a size. So 140-145 lbs I wear a 8, and 135-140 I wear a 6. I've only been under 135 a couple times since I was 18, but I do remember getting in some 4s when I was under 130.
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I'm another very muscular one who wears size 10's right now at 175 and size 8's when I am 165--of course those are Talbot's or Ann Taylor sizes--I have no idea how those brands compare to other sizes.
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Ridiculous.
As are many of the sizes on mybodyproject.com. 240 pounds? Size 12!
I agree and it makes me sad that people obviously lie about what size they're wearing in those pics. They're supposed to help women get a body/size idea. You can look at the pictures and see that someone claiming to be wearing size 10 pants is a size 18 or better. I don't get the reason why they're not being honest.
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I had one pair of (stretchy) size 12 jeggings I wore at 240 pounds, besides that it was mostly 14s and 13s (juniors) with a few 16s that I belted. NOw at just under 200, I bought a (slightly stretchy) pair of 8s that fit well but besides that I'm wearing my old baggy 12, 13s, and 14s. All my weight is in my belly! I have muscular but pretty slim legs. Remember that bodies are all so different!
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And then I was talking with a lady a few weeks ago who was 180 pounds and she said she was wearing 10's. (she's about 3 inches taller than me though).
This really boggles my mind because I'm currently a size 8. Granted, it's now a loose 8 so I'd probably be able to wear a 6, but yeah, size and weight both are so confusing and very individual.
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yep, especially depends where you carry your weight. pear shapes (like myself) take longer to go down in pants sizes versus apple shapes.
It's funny because no matter what shape we are, we all think that women with that "other" shape get to wear smaller sizes! I'm a banana who turns into a banana that swallowed an apple when I gain weight and I've always worn larger sizes than my friends who were heavier. I've never know what to think -- is it my frame? Where I carry weight? Are they lying?

And yes Dottie, there are a LOT of women on that website who are flat-out lying. I'm sorry, but no 240 pound woman is in a size 12 unless said 12 is made entirely of elastic.

I have a pair of size 10's from the early 90's and let me tell you, they are MUCH smaller than the 10's made today (and they don't have any elastic in them, either.)
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I agree and it makes me sad that people obviously lie about what size they're wearing in those pics. They're supposed to help women get a body/size idea. You can look at the pictures and see that someone claiming to be wearing size 10 pants is a size 18 or better. I don't get the reason why they're not being honest.
Some also wear their clothes too tight.
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I gave up.

Now I record my measurements and carry a measuring tape. If it looks like it will fit, I try it on (and fall over laughing because a lot of today's styles were not designed with me in mind )
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I would love to know the answer to this question as I have had to start at square one with the sizes here in France. I am still trying to figure out what size I wear! The funny thing is that there is a definite understanding here about the "vanity sizing" of clothing in America. It has done NOTHING for my self esteem to come from a US size 8/10 (Medium) to a French LARGE or XL!!!
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MLE - tell me about it!!

As I travel the world I can go from a 12 to a 28 - and in Europe often a 50/52!!!! Hate their sizing!
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MLE - tell me about it!!

As I travel the world I can go from a 12 to a 28 - and in Europe often a 50/52!!!! Hate their sizing!
Still digressing, I've been told that across the border in Italy, the sizes are even less forgiving. My problem is that I have curves, which apparently French women lack, and all the pants are cut straight. If they fit my hips, then the waist is way too big. If I wear the waist at my hips, then they are way too long!
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