The other day I had something I needed to return and a gift card to spend, and I ventured out to the mall. It reminded me why I love online shopping so much. Despite the delicious pretzels and the cranked-up a/c, the mall is a wretched, wretched place.
The problem with online ordering though, is that the sizes of things range so crazily, at least in my opinion. Or is that just me? Sometimes the reviews are helpful, but usually they're all over the place and no one can agree, so they don't actually help. Anyway, I thought I'd take a quick poll of you guys to see we're in agreement on how the sizing is running in the stores we're shopping at most often.
So, for me:
Anything from Lands End runs CRAZY BIG. Anytime I don't order a size down from what I normally wear I end up returning it.
The Gap is generally pretty dead-on, but the pants are usually too big in the waist for me.
American Eagle runs a little small on me, probably because I am not 12, but in general I think their clothes work well for short girls with big kiesters (i.e. myself).
The clothes at Banana Republic fit me really well, although some cuts are better than others.
I think the clothes at Ann Taylor run true to size, but the clothes at Ann Taylor Loft run large.
Everything at Forever 21 is so tiny I don't even really order clothes there anymore.
Anthropologie is really hard to predict since they are just a clearing house for a bunch of small name designers, but I do find the comments at their site to be very helpful, especially because people can attach a picture of themselves to their review.
Everything at Target is SO SMALL on me! It's crazy.
J. Crew also runs a little on the small size, I think, but not WILDLY small.
And Old Navy is just all over the place. Some things are tiny, some things are huge. Even supposedly identical jeans vary from pair to pair.
I suppose I could get all scientific about this situation and compare size charts from all these stores, but I always get so confused when I look at those things. Some of my measurements don't line up at all. Like I wear about 8 different sizes depending on what you're measuring. I'd rather just ask you guys -- do these categorizations hold true for you? Do you have any sizing tips you remember when you're ordering online?
(Photo credit: the lands end dress I just exchanged for a smaller size, grrrr.)