Yeah, I’m going there: talking about sizes. So if you aren’t able to read this post with a healthy mindset, please be mature enough to know yourself and skip this one. And if you still want to hatemail me how I have ED and an exercise disorder, please email SRdoesn’email@example.com.
Arlene asked what brand of jeans these are….
They are Paige Premium Denim jeans in the Laurel Canyon style. My mom bought them for me about 3 years ago from Nordstrom. These are the exact same style but maternity jeans.
I can mostly wear 2 sizes (26-27) in jeans depending on the cut, brand, style, designer, etc. In college I wore a size 28-29 but then again, that’s when ‘late night studying’ meant “Hey, let’s stay up ‘til 4am eating candy and ordering pizza and fall asleep watching TV using our books as pillows!”
These jeans are a size 27 and they are my indicator jeans: they have very little give or stretch so they indicate whether I’m hitting the gym or hitting the candy drawer.
Do you have an ‘indicator’ piece of clothing?
Because of vanity sizing, a lot of times a size doesn’t really mean much anymore. For example: these William Rast jeans are a size 26 and way bigger than the Paige ones.
I bought this black pair of Kenneth Cole pants for my grandma’s funeral my senior year of college. Back then they were a bit tighter…
(Today is National Make an Ugly Face Day)
But they’re a size 4. Or so they say. My Monique Lhuillier wedding dress was a size 8 and it was skintight. And you better believe I was slightly more in shape at my wedding than when I was doing all that late night “studying”.
Everyone says how Marilyn Monroe was a size 12… Well, yeah, but that was before the invention of Seven jeans and vanity sizing.
Enter vanity sizing, where designers add extra inches of fabric to clothing without changing the number on the tag. For example, if you measure a size 2 pair of pants today, they might be as wide around the waist and hips as a 4 from 10 years ago.
And (size) 00’s aren’t the result of women shrinking away (though some actresses seem to be). Designers created them because as 4s morphed into 2s and 2s became 0s, smaller-framed women were sized out of the normal range.
I know Seven For All Mankind didn’t invent vanity sizing, but in my mind, they did. I remember distinctly buying my first pair in college (when I was bigger) and buying a size I never thought I could fit!
If you think about it, it’s actually a good marketing tool: we woman attach such emotion and value to a size/a number that if you put a smaller number on there, heck yeah, we’re gonna buy it… just for that tag… that no one sees.
Really, there was no point to this post… just my random thoughts on vanity sizing while I was walking the dog this morning. And this amazingly “young and hip” (just like Oscar) dog walking outfit:
Try and vanity size that baby.
***Here’s an article from Cosmo about vanity sizing; that’s where the quote and chart came from.