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    Women's sizes

    Discussion in 'Research' started by doggiedude, Jan 16, 2017.

    I have a female teenage character where I need to mention pants size. I'm kinda clueless when it comes to women's clothing.
    She's about 5' 5" and a healthy weight. Maybe a little on the thin side but nothing extreme.
     
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    For the thin side of normal I would put her as a UK size 8, which I think is US 4.

    But I might also make her a UK size 10/US 6 to make her more relatable, if it isn't important that she's thinner than most.
     
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    A quick Google tells me that the average US woman is a size 16, so 6 would still definitely be thinner than most. A quick Google claims that this photo

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/03/13/article-2292607-18A0BCA9000005DC-924_634x758.jpg

    shows a size 8, 10, and 12. 8 looks pretty small to me.

    Edited add: Ah, Daily Mail. So UK sizes, and therefore representing a US 6, 8, and 10?
     
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    It's not important that she's thinner than most, however, she's got a lot of psychological issues. I'm trying to find a subtle way to let the reader know she isn't actually overweight even though that's how she sees herself.
     
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    Ah. In that case, yes, you might go with a 4. I'm not sure if it's possible to be a size 4 and overweight, no matter how small your frame.
     
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    A random online sizing chart, apparently for US sizes, matches "word" sizes with number sizes as follows:

    Extra small: 4
    Small: 6
    Small/Medium: 8
    Medium: 10
    Medium/Large: 12
    Large: 14
    Large/Extra Large: 16
    XL: 18
    XL/XXL: 20
     
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    Part of the problem is that women's sizes are all over the place depending on the manufacturer. I have pants in my closet that are 6's, 8's and 10's and they all fit perfectly. Some just run bigger or smaller than others.

    If she's a teen she's probably shopping in the Juniors department, where in my experience as the mom of a teenager, the sizes run quite small. I think a size 6 would be about right for a 5'5" girl with a healthy, athletic build, or 4 if she's more narrow-hipped and slim.
     
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    Well I found this, which might be useful. :)

    http://www.womenssizechart.com/

    Your Welcome. :D
     
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    I checked my Levi's 610 are size 26/34, but I don't know if it's about the same as size 6 or what... I was just checking how the pant size is indicated on the pants themselves. But they might be too big for your character, at least lengthwise if she's 5'5''.
     
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    A 26 inch waist in US women's sizes is between sizes 4 and 6.
     
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    The thing about some US women's clothing is that it doesn't go for the waist so much as it does the height. If she's 5'5" chances are a size 4 is going to be too short for her (Honestly size 4 in the US might as well be at the kids department). I recommend going by the online charts and then (if this is US scale) adding a size. Granted, this only works if your character's physique is on the slimmer side. If the character is a medium or more then all the size lengths are going to be the same.
     
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    Well, it's not like I really need to have something fit a real person. I'm using the mention of her pants size to give the reader a clue of her body.
     
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    I personally wear anything between 6P and 10P, and I am a fairly small human. A size 4 is actually very much on the little side, and like another poster said, probably going to be too short in the leg for a 5'5" person. If the character is not unusually thin, I'd go for 6. Those are women's sizes, though; I'm actually clueless about teen sizes, because puberty hit me like a truck and I had to go straight from children's sizes to women's :p
     

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