The Pharmacy Chick

Flying the coup in retail

The scam of women’s clothes!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 5:42 pm on Friday, January 22, 2010

I dunno if you are tired of non pharmacy posts, but sorry, here is one more. If you like something different..well…read on!

A while back I posted that I had lost some weight…25ish pounds to be exact.  Not wanting to rush into anything, I haven’t really purchased many clothes to accomodate the new weight. I wanted to see if I bottomed out at this new weight and if I could maintain it.  I mean, who wants to buy new clothes only to grow out of them because I couldn’t maintain the loss.  After about 5 months at this new weight, I felt comfortable buying some new pants.  After all, my belt had moved from fashion accessory to functional necessity to keep my baggy pants from falling down.  Nice problem to have I know.

I bought a couple of pairs of jeans, and then while on vacation, bought some new golf shorts.  All my shirts are fine. I discovered some very interesting things whilst buying new shorts/pants.

 If you want to sell a lot of pants to women, simply change the number on the size tag to a smaller number, and dont change the actual size.  You see, I have in my closet some pants that I have had since high school.  I finally took them out and decided to donate them to good will. Shoot, they are old enough I probably should be calling the Smithsonian!  I put them on and they were all too small around the waist.  More importantly the size on the tags were all between 10 and 12.  Which means when I was in high-school/college I was wearing pants size 10-12.  At that time of my life I weighed in at around 115-120 lbs.

I currently weigh 125 lbs.  Not bad for a 47 year old woman.  But when I went shopping, everything I purchased was either size 4 or 2.   PUHLEEZE.   I pulled size 6 off the rack and found they were all too big. 

15 years ago a size 4 or 2 would have been doll clothes.  They were the ones that you would find on the clearance rack because only anexorics and supermodels (the same?!?) would wear them.  Now I am wearing them? 

You cannot tell me that this is an accident.  Women have egos, just like men do.  I guess the clothing manufacturers have figured this out because 175 lb women want to be told they are size 10 when 15 years ago they would have been in plus size clothing. 

Whats next?  negative sizing?  I have a sister in law who is a micro human.  She is the smallest adult I have ever seen.  When we shop, she looks for (but rarely finds) size OO.   I think I’ll send her to kids clothing next time size 6x!

Look for me this summer in my tidy size 2 shorts! In fact, I may just wear them inside out just so everybody can see the tag! 



Comment by Heather H.

January 23, 2010 @ 8:57 am

Great Job on your weight loss! I am wayyyyyyyyyyy heavier than you are, and HATE shopping. I wish girl shopping was like guy shopping, you have a standard length/hieght system and EVERY pair of pants/shirt/socks fit the same. Why can I fluctuate between 3 sizes all at once? It doesn’t make sense!

Comment by Frantic Pharmacist

January 23, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

It IS a huge scam. I’ll never forget the first time I heard size 8 referred to as a “plus” size.

Comment by Dr. Grumpy

January 24, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

Sooner or later they’ll get down to negative numbers as a marketing idea.

Comment by R. May

January 25, 2010 @ 10:36 am

Companies do mess with sizes. But I’m also guessing your high school pants were purchased in the juniors section not the normal adult section. Juniors clothes are much much smaller – a 10/12 doesn’t equate to a 10/12 in adult sizes.
Nope, Juniors are sized as such, 1,3,5,7,9,11, etc. Ladies are 2,4,6,8,10, etc. the main difference in Juniors is they are skinnier in the thighs ususally since kids aren’t as thick there (generally).

Comment by Texas RPh

February 2, 2010 @ 11:43 am

I totally agree! I am around the same weight as you and consider myself a pretty average size…which should be around 7-8, a tad bit younger but I have the shape you have after 3 pregnancies. I recently bought a pair of pants that were size 2……I call it ‘Size inflation’…..

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