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How come clothing sizes aren't the same in all stores?

I know my size. Most clothing stores I frequent carry it and I have had no trouble just finding it and buying without trying it on. However I went into a shop called 'Rivers' and thought I'd do the same there. It said it was my size. When I got the clothes home and tried it on they were 3 sizes too big! Serves me right for not trying them on.
The world of 'fashion' rarely standardizes sizes - despite some of the regulations of the industry. If they have sizes which do not sell so easily as others, the tag is often altered.
Shayla · F
Women have this issue in most stores. Each brand determines what is a "size two" differently.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
I bring a tape measure, even clothing from the same brand can be different sizes.
Houdini · 56-60, M
Wraithorn · 51-55, M
I feel your pain. Years ago I learned to ALWAYS try clothing on before buying it. Especially if the stuff was made in a different country, like China, then the sizes are going to be all screwed up.
SW User
Had this problem loads of times, its called a rip off!

 
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