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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Interesting Article

Since I have devoted so much of this blog to ranting about clothing sizes, I thought this article would be appropriate to include.

The article is a little long, so here's the best part.  IMO
The ASTM recommendations have evolved over time to accommodate a very real trend: vanity sizing. Women don’t want to know their real size, so manufacturers re-label bigger sizes with smaller numbers. In 1958, for example, a size 8 corresponded with a bust of 31 inches, a waist of 23.5 inches and a hip girth of 32.5 inches. In ASTM’s 2008 standards, a size 8 had increased by five to six inches in each of those three measurements, becoming the rough equivalent of a size 14 or 16 in 1958. We can see size inflation happening over shorter time spans as well; a size 2 in the 2011 ASTM standard falls between a 1995 standard size 4 and 6. (This may also explain why smaller sizes are constantly invented. The 1958 standard listed 8 as its smallest size. The 1995 ASTM standard listed a size 2. In 2011, ASTM lists a standard for size 00.)


  1. I know that is definitely true! I still have clothes in my closet from the late 90's/early 2000's, and the sizes are much smaller than now.

  2. yep usa today did an article last year about it..........most mens sizes run true. but occasionally they size them SMALLER than normal usually means made in china! lolol