What size do you wear, and what do you weigh???

on 2/5/11 9:34 am
...Only on OH could a person ask that question, LOL! 

So here's a topic for discussion.  This whole size thing has me completely confounded.  Today I went out and bought two dress slacks for work in size 16, and they fit perfectly.  Me???  Size 16???  I feel like I should be wearing a 20 at 186 lbs, at least.  And yet others have posted that they wear a 16 while in their 200's, and others are at higher sizes at about my weight.  Recently I read a post where a woman and her BFF both wear a size 6.  One weighs 125, one weighs 165, and they attribute the difference to muscle, because the heavier one is a dedicated exerciser.  They didn't mention any height difference, although I imagine that can make a big difference too.

So what's up with clothing sizes vs. weight?  Anybody care to "weigh" in? LOL!

Height 5' 7"   High Wt 268 / Consult Wt 246 / Surgery Wt 241 / Goal Wt 150 / Happy place 135-137 / Current Wt 143
Tracker starts at consult weight       
In maintenance since December 2011.

Lori P.
on 2/5/11 9:45 am, edited 2/5/11 9:45 am - Kenosha, WI
RNY on 05/24/10 with
Clothing sizes can be vastly different from brand to brand...add to that the trend toward "vanity sizing" and you get many ranges of clothing sizes that just make no sense.

To answer your quesitons....

I weigh 122 and am 5ft 1 in...
I wear a medium top and size 2 jeans.  I had real issues with dress pants sizing...the 2's fell off my butt and most places that carry misses sizes don't tend to make them any smaller.. though I don't know why because I am not overly small....so I had to go to the Jr department and ended up with a size 5 there.   35 years ago when I was this small....I wore a 7 junior.   Sizing is wacky.


     SW 212 / Goal 130 / Current 130



on 2/5/11 9:46 am
I think it depends on how you are built and your height. I am 5'2" I weigh 194lbs and I am in a 12-14 and anywhere from a small to a large in a top. The top kills me, I have smalls, mediums and larges in my closet.
RNY 5/5/10
Dr. Brian Gluck
on 2/5/11 9:51 am, edited 2/5/11 9:52 am
Funny you should post this. I was just thrift store shopping and picked up 2 pairs of jeans for $3.50. I didn't try them on. I figured if they didn't fit it was not big deal. The first pair was a size 8/9. I just last week got into a pair of 7/8s so I thought they might fit. I went to put them on and my daughter said "Those are way too small for you." I couldn't get them up my legs. The second pair was a size 8 and they were a little tight but they fit.
I am 5'3" and weigh 143 lbs.
I remember before I had kids I was 135 lbs and wore a size 3. After my son was born and I finally got back to 135 I tried on a pair of my jeans and couldn't get them up. I wore a size 6 or 8 then and that was in 1985.
As far as tops go, that is depressing.  I am still wearing XL because of my boobs.

WLS 10/28/2002 Revision 7/23/2010

High Weight  (2002) 240 Revision Weight (2010) 220 Current Weight 115.

Lady Lithia
on 2/5/11 10:00 am, edited 2/5/11 10:01 am
I am 5'4" tall

I weigh 146 lbs

I fit in a snug 8, or a loose 10.

I was in 12s and 14s when I was 155 to 165 lbs, and 14/16 between 185 down to 165

I'm also anywhere from a 4/6 top to a large. The extra skin on my arms (batwings) makes it so that any top with very slim arms is too small.... mostly I wear medium tops.

~Lady Lithia~ 200 lbs lost! 
March 9, 2011 - Coccygectomy!
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on 2/5/11 10:00 am - Cleveland, OH
In the last 10-20 years clothing manufacturers have changed their sizing drastically. I'm 5'9" and right now I weigh in at 211. I went to Ashley Stewart's and bought a pair of straight leg skinny jeans, size 14W. Wanted a pair of straight bootcut, had to get a 14W. Stopped in at JCPenney for a pair of dress pants, Worthington brand they were a size 16W that was slightly big on me, but a 14W I couldn't button and zip, but they fit beautifully every where else! If a skirt or pr pants fit my hips, butt, thighs and legs, then they don't fit around my stomach! So I'm doing more core exercises trying to get this stomach in line!!!

on 2/5/11 10:27 pm
Hi Zaftig - wish I was 5'9'!  Your post interested me. Can you share your "stomach exercises"?  I'm experiencing the same issues you talk about- my legs and butt swimming in pants that fit around my stomach.

on 1/22/17 2:46 pm - Stoughton , MA

I seriously thought it was just me. My weight is so fluctuating. But at 5'11 and 180lbs half the time I'm squashing into a 10 in jeans. While my tops are a Snall xtra small. People think I'm sick. Who looks sick in a size 10 ð?¤"

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on 2/5/11 10:04 am
DS on 10/19/09 with
 I'm 5'6" and my normal weight is 154. I wear a size medium top and a size 8 pants, skirt or dress. 

When I was 186 I think I was in a 14, FWIW. 
on 2/5/11 10:14 am - amherst, NY
Adjustable Gastric Band on 03/03/08
sizes can vary so much and even store to store. i wear a size 10p pants and as far as tops it can range from a med to xl
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