Why am I a size 4 in some jeans, and a 6 in others? Why can't jeans sizing for women be the same across brands, like it is for men? It's probably because clothing brands for women do something horrible, called "vanity sizing," to make us feel better about ourselves while actually making our lives (esp. shopping for jeans) so much more difficult than it needs to be. So the Washington Post did us all a favor, and went to some of our fave retailers to see what a size 8 means to each brand. Here's what they found.
1. Old Navy
At Old Navy, a size 8 is considered mid-range (a "medium") and the waist of their size 8 jeans measures a nice, makes-sense 28 inches. Does this mean a 6 measures 26 inches, a 4 24 inches? I don't know. I might have to find out.