Sometimes, size matters. Like for chocolate bars and stuff like that.

But numbers can be deceiving (check out my November 5th blog about Halloween bars and how tiny they are). It’s not the numbers of the products but the true amount of what is really there that is significant. And of course the number of dollars you are paying count too.

While food is often my priority in my writing, and clothing may be put aside, including when I wear pajamas as I often do when I write, today we’re going to look at clothing and a significant way we can save.

(Since sizing can vary around the world, we’re going to just go with a couple of modes of sizing.)

Not that many years ago, the sizes of clothing were from 2 to however high the numbers go. Once upon a time, a size 14 had a 28 inch waist (I know, shocking). Over the years, those numbers dropped to where a size 12 and then a size 10 had a 28 inch waist, but the drops had only just begun.

The nominal size of clothing items became bigger in physical size so the sizes we wear are all smaller. The numbers have had to fall to 0, 00 or triple extra smalls. We haven’t all shrunk by any means. But the numbers have, to subliminally help us choose certain pieces over others. There are clothing size specifics but there’s extreme flexibility with them, as in, they are ignored.

Standards have fallen to the wayside while our waists have increased in size. Many of us haven’t seen our 28 inch waists since junior high. And this is where the next level of vanity sizing comes in.

Nowadays, a size 6 pant can fit someone who was a size 8 or 10 not long ago, or who still is those sizes in other brands that are less vain and more realistic. Before you know it, that size 6 will probably be a 4.

Basically, you can trust how something fits, just not the number that’s on it. I mean honestly, how can anyone be a double zero? That’s like negative sizing saying you’re smaller than nothing.

Generally, it’s safe to say that bigger name, more expensive brands cater the most to vanity sizing and their profit margins.

And this is where our challenge comes in. Ladies, let’s say you try on two pairs of jeans and one is a size eight but costs $60 and the other is size ten but costs $40. They are physically both the same size and they both fit and look good. Which pair will you want to choose?

Many will choose the smaller size for the greater expense because of the deceptive psychological effect of feeling better about how they look in the “smaller” pants. But if you don’t fall for that, ten items a year could easily make a difference of at least $200 more in your back pocket.

So the next time you go clothing shopping, try to look at the comparative cost, and the structural size of an item, practically ignoring the number on the size tag, and find what fits well on your beautiful, yes, you heard me, your beautiful body, and in your trimmed budget.

Meanwhile I’ll keep wearing my comfy pj’s as they are oh so forgiving, especially when I eat another bit of leftover Halloween candy.

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