I was out and about on Sunday and decided to stop in The Gap. I wandered around but nothing really stood out to me except a pair of jean shorts. I decided to try them on and grabbed a size 10. 10 is safe I have a few pants in size 8 but my 10’s fit pretty well, not too tight and not too big. I figured it was a decent starting point.
I asked the sales woman for a size 8. I thought these would fit much better… no such luck. Although you could no longer stuff a small child in the gap, it was still significant. I cursed my big butt and small waist and then debated if I should give up or try going down to a 6. A 6??
I ended up not trying the 6 on. I was afraid to go down yet another size. I couldn’t bring myself to be disappointed if they didn’t fit. I know it was either the cut or vanity sizing that made the 10 and 8 too large. I know I am not a 6. I am barely a size 8. If this is not a case of vanity sizing I don’t know what is. I still get nervous trying on an 8 because it is hit or miss. Either The Gap is using vanity sizing or every other store is producing much smaller sizes.
I am also noticing vanity sizing in tops. Over the years I have been in medium through extra-large, depending on the top. Lately it seems large is too big every time and a few mediums are getting to be big as well. I ordered some tops and dresses last weekend and was worried that the mediums might be too small in a couple of them. I was wrong. A few of them are borderline too big. I may need to start trying on small tops and I know I am not that tiny.
I am happy being an 8 and a medium. Maybe someday I will be a 6 and small but for now I am an 8 and medium. I am happy to be there and not ready for the disappointment of a size not fitting. I am just starting to accept I am a size 8. As far back I can remember I have been a 10-12 and large, granted I tended to confuse fitted with tight in my younger years. If I am honest with myself I am a size 8 as they fit but I still like my few size 10’s that are a bit loose.