Sizing things up (er, down)
What size do you think it is, or perhaps more appropriately, what size do you think I am? I have to admit I am not actually sure, mainly because I rarely buy new clothing, but also because there are no real standards for measurements in Australia. But on the extremely infrequent occasions that I do try on new garments in the shops, I’m somewhere between a 6 and an 8 in Australian sizing.
So it may surprise you to know that this skirt is a size 12.
That is, it was a size 12 back in the 1980s, which I am guessing is when this skirt came into being. Now, I can tell you that my measurements have hardly changed since I was 12*, which was also back in the 1980s (aggh). Yep, they’re pretty much what it says here, give or take a few centimetres…
… and that is why I find it ridiculous that clothing sizes have “dropped” so dramatically over the years. It’s the label that has gone from a 12 to a 6, not me! Apparently in the near future Australian sizing is going to be standardised, which I think is a great idea, because currently every label is just doing its own thing which is probably why sizes have decreased so much. At least vanity sizing has become so crazy that it can’t go any further without going into negative figures. If it were to continue this way, I’d be a minus 6 or something in a few years.
What do you think about vanity sizing? Do you like it or do you just think it’s silly?
Anyway, what I also wanted to say was that I do like seeing old labels on clothing – I much prefer this old Katies logo to the one they have now, but it’s also like a little history lesson to see what a size 12 meant back then. If you are into vintage (or if you have read The Women in Black – which I highly recommend) then you will know garments used to carry sizing like “SSW” – after reading that book, I noticed one of my vintage coats had that kind of size code on its label, which I had not realised before. Interesting, don’t you think?
And with that, I’ve managed to include a rant, a bit of a history lesson and a book recommendation all in the one post! Phew, it’s off to bed for me…
*Except for the semester I spent at uni in Japan when I gorged myself on convenience store ice-cream every day because it was cheap. My waist measurements went up just a little bit in that time!!
this is an amazing skirt!really great 🙂
Sizing makes me mad these days too as it is never what I actually am! I too love the old vintage Katies, have a few in my collection and my mums hand me downs. She used to tell me stories when she was younger about the sizing SSW- thought it sounded so futuristic, and she has fond memories of it too & is frustrated by today's inconsistencies! PS: I WISH I stayed the same size as I was in the 80's- there's a hot pink fluro mini skirt I'd like to revisit! 🙂
That's just crazy! Katies' sizes these days always seem to be on the large size, so they clearly have moved a long way since the 1980s.
When I was in high school in the late 80s, I remember my mom telling me that better quality brands tended to fit larger. Perhaps that was the thin end of the wedge of vanity sizing.
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