Does Size Really Matter?
My challenge for today was to put on my mad hatter “pants” per say and blog about the every so confusing topic of SIZE. My most current size is a 4 so my focus is going to be on size 4 and her sister and step sister sizes. I will note that I can also comfortably wear some size 6s and 7s and for that reason I will claim to be a “true to size” 4.
This is what I have done. I took 7 pair of size 4 based jeans and compared the measurement and fit of each one. Here are my results and they are absolute madness. I will also try to explain why such madness exists so you can spot it on your own. Okay here goes…
Subject # 1: American Living Size 4.
These have a 28” waist and 9.5” rise. These did not fit. Why you ask? They are too big because they have a high waist. If the rise were 7.5” vs 9.5” then these would fit.
Subject #2: Gap Size 4.
These have a 28” waist and a 9.5” rise. These would not even button. Why you ask? They have a three button fly closure and a 9” rise. Button flies do not forgive like a zipper. Another reason is that these jeans were made in 2007 and have no spandex in the material. They will not stretch like most current denim.
Subject #3: Lucky Size 4/27.
These jeans have a 27” waist and 8.5” rise. These jeans fit everywhere but at the waist closure. I can button them fine for about ten minutes but then they no longer fit. Why you ask? The 8.5” rise and 100% cotton material will not stretch to fit comfortably around my postpartum stomach. A younger person with a tighter stomach could pull these off but not me …. FOR SALE :).
The “sister sizes” (waist size)
A size 27 is the equivalent to a Size 4.
Subject #4: 7 for All Mankind Size 27. These are my favorite jeans. I don’t care for the color but they make my rear look good and are the perfect length. They are 29” in the waist have a 7.5” rise. These are real snug at first but after wearing them for an hour I am looking for a belt. Why you ask? This is designer denim. It is thick and heavy and contains spandex. It takes a minute to stretch this stuff out. Once you stretch your designer denim out it has a different fit. So if you buy a pair, do not be surprised if they fit different by mid-day. Also do not write off a pair you try on or buy without wearing them in.
Subject #5: Angels Premium Size 27.
They have a 27.75” waist and 7” rise. These fit like a charm. They do stretch a little after an hour or so and are pretty snug at first. They are on the higher end of the Angel line and have the thick denim.
The “step-sister sizes” (Junior sizes)
A size 3 is the Junior size version of a size 4 (supposedly).
Subject #6: Mudd Size 3.
These have a 26” waist and 6” rise. These would not come past my thighs. Why you ask? …. Well that is another blog altogether (stay tuned)!
Subject #7: Mossimo Size 5.
This is supposed to be the step sister size to a size 6 but I threw it in for the heck of it since size 3 was so far off. They have 27” waist and a 7.5” rise. I could get these on but not buttoned. Why you ask? Again…. Don’t forgot to check out my future blogs :)
So out of 7 pair of jeans and 5 actual size 4/27 …. I have 2 that fit.
The number size 4 means absolutely nothing to me. It is a good starting point but does not mean anything as far as “fit.” I have known for a while through a lot of trial and error and again from this demonstration that I need a pair of jeans with a 27-29 inch waist and 7-8 inch rise. I also want spandex in the list of materials. So if that’s a 4, 27, 6, or 7, it does not really matter.
One thing I would like to point out as far as measurements as I hope you ladies will start asking for them is the rise. The rise measurement is just as important as the waist measurement. The lower the rise is then the wider the waist measurement and vice versa.
I wish you all many pleasant buying experiences and also many pleasant selling experiences as you return your ill-fitting items into the wonderful world of Vinted! :)