Size Labels and the Thrift Store | Thriftanista in the City

11.20.2013

Size Labels and the Thrift Store

Size labels are not created equal. That's why ignoring size labels is one of my top thrifting rules. Experimentation is important to the whole experience. Labels can vary from brand to brand and decade to decade. Also, depending on the time of the month, my brain tells me everything is too small! Funny how that happens.

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I toss what I like in a cart even if it's not my size. Once I have my haul, I try everything on and make decisions based on what I see in the mirror. For example:


I'm wearing an XL sweater even though medium is my "normal" size. I really like the color and it's super soft. It's oversized in a good way with a fairly good fit. The sleeves aren't too long on my arms and the length works with my long torso. Wearing big, cozy types of clothes are a part of my SAHM basics even though they puff me out. I just make sure not to go big and slouchy over the entire body. 

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Which is why the camo pants seemed like a good choice. Nice and trim. However, these size 8s (normally good fit for me) are too tight and my butt is stuffed into them. Who am I kidding? They don't fit. 

slouchy sweater worn with skinny pants

I so wanted to get some camouflage in my closet that I ignored the fact that 1/3 of my butt was not in the pants. I convinced myself that they would loosen up in the way that jeans tend to do. Naw. They're tight and the rise is too low.

jc penney neon green sweater

Had I "listened" to the size label I would have missed out on a great sweater and only have my muffin creating pants to fall back on. Now if I can just get my brain to except the truth of some situations. Sometimes, they just don't fit.

casual outfit ideas for stay at home moms

Do you read the label or try on first to determine fit?

sahm mom style
THRIFT JCP lime green cowl neck sweater - Indian leather clutch - Zara blue camouflage pants - bangles RETAIL Born Concepts ankle boots GIFT Kenyan bead necklace - Ghanaian leather bracelet

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8 comments

My Kurves said...

You look Great in Lime. I never read the size labels and usually hold up the garment to see if my buxom body can fit it. I wrote a post about this earlier "Size don't Matter Fit Does"...

Whitney James said...

That sweater pops - I LOVE it! Great styling and I'm feeling the pants too. I have so many sizes and different labels in my closet, lol. I just wear w/e fits. Feel free to link this look up with my style linkup on the blog. I'd love to have ya! XO

~Whitney
www.whitneynicjames.com

Ashleigh said...

I throw everything into the cart and try it on in the dressing room. There was a trench coat the other day that had bows on the pockets...It said a size medium and it was WAY too tight and small. I'm glad you kept this sweater! It looks great on you.
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Who is that Girl Mo? said...

Cute combo with the neon and camo. :-) I read the size labels but I also take a few different sizes into the dressing room with me.

Mo

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

That bold sweater is gorge on you!

Vivi N. said...

Love your outfit. I also don't pay attention to the size labels. Especially, in thrift stores. Would have missed on some great gems currently in my closet if I took the size labels seriously.

Kenya Hunter said...

Great tips! I love this look!

xo, Kenya

www.kenyalfashionblog.com

Kym said...

Love the bold lime green sweater and the contrast with the clutch. Nicely done:)
www.styleoverboard.com

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