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the battle of size

grundletaint

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i've never really been too subjected to the whole concept of 'sizing up' or 'sizing' down until i hit this forum. normally, i just buy whatever my listed size is and be done with it.

what do you do when you're trying on an item and the size could go either way? for instance, a size smaller may be a little tight but looks great OR your normal size runs a little large, feels great, but doesn't look quite right.

do you have a general tendency to size up or down? if faced with the issue, which do you normally do?
 

Mauro

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are you going to layer with the piece ???
 

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i have learned my lesson about buying shit that doesnt feel right out of the gate. (aka sizing down)
if the fit isnt what i like when i try it on, its not going to magically stretch into what i want.

so if it doesnt feel right out of the gate, i let it go regardless of how good the deal is. (unless it can be tailored)
 

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With cotton pants, especially cords and khakis, I've learned to size down. They stretch at the waist with each wear, so I'll buy them snug.

For example, my waist is a true 33, but few stores carry this size reliably, and a 32 usually fits just as well. The first wear may seem slightly too tight, but by the 2nd to 3rd wear it's right on target. Eventually it gets too loose, you wash it, and you can start all over again. On the other hand, if I bought a 34 waist pant, it would always be a bit too loose.
 

grundletaint

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Originally Posted by Mauro
are you going to layer with the piece ???

probably not. any of my winter things are pretty thin. the most layering i do is an undershirt and a button-up.
 

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My closet has items that are tagged from XS to L depending on the item that all fit me well. Depends really on which market of the country it's made for and what's they're target consumer.
 

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I tend to just go with my typical size and hope it fits. If not, then it's not an option for my wardrobe. Since discovering SF I may try sizing down again, but the problem I've had with that in the past was that after the 1st wash the garment becomes too small. And my true size will still be too big even after a wash. That situation happened to me more than once, and I realize now that it's probably mostly cheap brands that this happens with because they're trying to fit as many different body types into their clothes as possible.
 

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I'll get what fits right. The exception is knitwear where I may get something a little larger as I don't like tight jumpers / cardigans. A slightly larger size knit also gives a bit of room for any washing accidents leading to shrinkage.
 

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I tend to buy snug in pants because they almost always stretch at least a little, but I just go with normal fit in everything else.
 

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I have never had the luxury of sizing down (unless you count the boys section). The very idea of it is mystifying to me.
 

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Looking at some Flat Head shirts from Self Edge - my chest is 42.5ish with a t-shirt on. Generally better to order a 42 or a 44 then, assuming some shrinkage (but not a great deal according to the site? I don't want a blouse, but I'd like to avoid movement-restricting as well.
 

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I voted larger one, and I'd add "then have it tailored".
 

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Originally Posted by Lel
I have never had the luxury of sizing down (unless you count the boys section). The very idea of it is mystifying to me.

Ditto, except for pants and occasional XXS at Uniqlo. For jeans I always size down because I hate a loose waist.
 

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