For years, most of my jeans came from Old Navy with all the appropriate, predictable sizes from 0-20 in increments of two. Then I started shopping at thrift stores.
Exciting as it is to find 7 for All Mankind jeans on sale for $10, I couldn’t figure out what a size 29 really meant, or if I could even hope it would fit. And of course at Salvation Army, you don’t usually get the benefit of trying on multiple sizes for the same pair of jeans.
After one two many frustrating incidents – 24 seemed like a large size, but the jeans looked like they could only fit a child! – I went home and did my research.
It turns out that designer jean sizes are connected to waist size, kind of. And, as is the case with most women’s clothing, actual sizing can vary significantly depending on brand and fit.
Still, I’m hopeful this will ease some of your confusion when jean shopping. Enjoy!