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I have to try everything before I buy it unless it's something they make every year that I already own some of like generic tank tops. Old Navy sizing is not at all consistent. There have been a couple times when I've had a pair of their jeans that fit me, went back to buy another pair in the same style and size , and couldn't even get them zipped. Recently I tried on a shirt there, liked it, and got another in a second color when I left the dressing room, which turned out to be very tight.
I would definitely try everything on there before I buy now. Yeah, their sizing is weird-my daughters buy clothes there and comment on it. OTOH I am short five feet even and even ten pounds up or down changes my clothing sizes-a lot depends on just where you carry your weight too.
Mine beelines for my gut. Alia of the Bunnies at 7: Old Navy stuff sucks as far as having a consistent sizing scheme is concerned. I can try on two pairs of pants in the same style, length, cut, color--and they'll be two different waist or lengths.
N'thing Old Navy's inconsistent sizing. I bought some button down shirts from their website at my normal size, which is XL.
When I went to try them on, the shirt was impossibly snug. I've bought other XL shirts from Old Navy with no problems in the past. I mostly like Old Navy's clothes especially for basic stuff , but I guess you get what you pay for sometimes. Nth ing that their sizes are just weird.
However, as a woman whose height and weight are close to yours somewhere between and over the past six years , pants sizes are always a crapshoot, especially depending on where they fit on the waist. I could just as easily be a size nine or a size thirteen or anywhere between an 8 and a 12 in women's pants. Always, always try on first. Tell yourself it has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with clothing manufacturer's inconsistencies.
Because, seriously, that's the case. I'm a full-grown though seriously petite lady and not a single pair of their full-grown lady jeans even comes close to fitting me; if I try one on I feel like an Ewok in a land of Wookiees. Their little girl's jeans fit me like a goddamn glove, though. So yeah, if a 21 year old fits into jeans intended for someone still learning about their menses in gym class, something is wonky with their sizing.
Or we're all special unique flowers who need to use dressing rooms and ignore what it says on the label if it fits. Women's clothing sizes, in general, have gotten even more inconsistent than ever over the past ten years.
I don't know if it's because manufacturing is outsourced to ever more countries or what, but I notice it in US, UK, and EU sizes, even within relatively small clothing labels. Some people suggest that women's clothes should be sized by measurements, as are many men's clothes, but there's still a lot of inconsistency there these days--my husband, for instance, has to try on jeans rather than order them, because there can be as much as an inch-and-a-half variation in the waist measurement, and as much as an inch variation in the inseam measurement, between two pairs of Levi's jeans marked with the same waist-and-inseam size.
Yes, this is to help boost my self esteem Your self-esteem really shouldn't be affected by the inconsistency of sizing produced by some manufacturer in Oman or Thailand's difficulties converting a supplier's specs in inches into something that worked on his Chinese-made and metric-gauged machines, should it?
Not to get all Chuck Palahniuk on you, but you are not your clothing size, and you are especially not your clothing size in one design from one store. Nobody is always a size 2, or a size 10, or a size every woman I know has clothes in a broad range of label sizes because manufacturers are so inconsistent. It's probably because each article of clothing is made in a different third-world country.
If you check most store sizing charts, you'll see that the waist size in petites is anywhere from slightly to considerably smaller than regular.
It doesn't just mean shorter lengths, it's smaller all around. Which, even though I know it's just a number, incenses me to no end.
Because when I buy petites to accommodate my, uh, vertically-challengedness, I have to buy a size with two digits. Even though otherwise I am a size with only one digit. I own two pairs of the exact same style of Old Navy jeans, maybe one or two seasons apart.
One's a 10 and the other's a They fit almost exactly the same. Of course, I assume this means I'm a I've noticed inconsistencies in sizing in quite a few stores, not just Old Navy.
I once read that you should bring two of everything into the fitting room, because fit can vary from garment to garment even when they're the same style and size. I came in here to say that Old Navy's pants sizes are inconsistent in-store, nevermind how they relate to the rest of the world's pants, but everyone else beat me to it. Strangely, their shirts have all been the same size for the last decade.
A medium is a medium is a medium. Also, I've noticed that places like Express and the Limited do a lot more vanity sizing. And, even though you're not asking for this, I've found Levi's pants to be really consistent with sizes. Whatever size you fit into in one style is going to be your size throughout the store. So, my advice to you: I think this comes down to two factors: Old Navy sources their clothes from dozens of different factories in the developing world.
Though I'm sure they communicate some basic set of size standards for each garment, that diversity of manufacture inevitably gives rise to variation. In a company that cared to spend money on its product they would have a quality control process that reviewed and sent back garments that didn't meet the size standards until they got an acceptable product that actually fit their range, but 2. Old Navy is interested in making and selling clothes as cheaply as possible, and why would they spend money on quality control?
Their standard for wear is that their clothes should be able to survive three washings. This isn't a company that's concerned about good fit or quality. You get what you pay for. Old Navy sizing system is erratic. My 18 and 22 yo daughters stopped shopping there becuse of it.
While they both like to shop, they said it took too much time in and out of the dressing room figuring out what size of each style. While this wasn't a problem years ago when each of them could spend hours upon hours in just one store, neither has the time or the patience to mess with it now. For quite some time their father and I bought them Gap and Old Navy gift cards, but we were told thanks and they explained why. Their father and I were suprised, as we were aware of the sizing "adventures".
But the oldest said that it had just gotten too annoying, she couldn't even run in and grab a couple of wardrobe "staples" and be sure that they would fit. Let alone trying to mail order off their web site. My older daughter used to be a Gap fan, she says now they are too much like "Old Navy". It happens in almost any store. Especially the younger markets. Old Navy just seems worse. There is absolutely no damn accounting for sizes at Old Navy.
Is there no place on earth I can find an affordable pair of jeans that fit my ass and waist and let's not even discuss length all at the very same time?! I also don't understand what petite even means, because even at 5'3", some pants that claim they are for short people are still too long. Anyway, thank you for suggesting using real measurements and also to the person who said I shouldn't let a number as arbitrary as 'size' dictate my esteem.
I mean, sure, it felt really awesome to "know" I was a size 4, but life ain't that bad at a 10 either I knew the stuff looked cheap, but dang. I too will no longer buy gift cards there. Alia of the Bunnies at To piggyback on the question, I sure wish I knew who made clothes for size 16 type short women that didn't look like a seventy year old would wear it. Sign In Sign Out. Mini Me - Looks for the Family.
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