10 years ago I had a 24 inch waist and 36 inch hips and I wore a size 6. Today I have a 26 inch waist and 38 inch hips and size 6 is too big.
Ten years ago she was 18 (I think); do teenagers get their own size scale? Not that anyone eighteen thinks (s)he’s a teenager or anything.
Maybe it’s time for something other than numbers. Example: In the early 1950s, hosiery manufacturers were trying to distinguish among a line of three or four sizes without using accusative terms like, say, “large.” I shuffled through some advertising pieces from this period and happened upon a 1953 ad from Wayne Knitting Mills, who sold stockings under the Belle-Sharmeer brand. They offered four sizes, as follows:
BREV (purple edge) for slender or small legs. Sizes 8 to 10½
MODITE (green edge) for average size legs. Sizes 8½ to 11
DUCHESS (red edge) for tall, larger legs. Sizes 9½ to 11½
CLASSIC (plain edge) for largest legs. Sizes 9½ to 11½
Now obviously there’s more description necessary for a dress than for a pair of nylons, but I, for one, would like to be able to go into the store and ask for shirts in, say, “Duff Man,” rather than ask where all the 4X Talls are hiding.