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<p>I am so confused right now.  About pants sizes.  And my body.</p>
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<p>My son was born two years ago.  Before I was pregnant I wore a size 4 in pants (sometimes size 6, depending on the brand).  About 4 months after he was born, I had lost enough pregnancy weight to get into some of my old jeans and corduroy pants.  But the size 4 pants I have that don't have any stretch to the material seem pretty much a lost cause since I do think my hips are a bit wider than they used to be.  I am now about 10 lbs. heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight and still have some "mummy tummy." </p>
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<p>So, I kinda realized that last year I was squeezing into my corduroy pants, but they felt a little tight around the hips/tummy.  So, I decide I'll just order basically the same pants, but 1 size up (these are J Crew pants).  So I ordered the equivalent of a 6.  I just tried them on and they are just as snug (snugger?) than the old size 4's.  Well, that just seemed odd and kinda frustrating.  So I go to their website and look at their size charts.  I bring out the tape measure and measure my hips and waist.  According to their chart, I'm a size 10 now.  It just seems crazy to me that I can get into my old jeans and technically my old size 4 cords (they just press into my tummy as the day goes on, especially if I'm sitting down), but that I'm really a size 10??</p>
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<p>I have to pay the cost of shipping when I return/exchange them, so I don't want to exchange them for the wrong size and have to send them back again.  They are NOT cheap pants, but I couldn't find cheaper cords that I like.</p>
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<p>What do I do?  Size 8?  Size 10?</p>
 

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<p>If their measurements say a size 10, I would go with a 10.  I'm so tired of the inconsistent sizing these days.  My daughter was in a size 12 in Children's Place pants, but barely a size 8 in Lands' End.  Drives me nuts.</p>
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<p>On a side note, when I first read this thread, I read "pants" as "penis".  <img alt="bigeyes.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif"></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>thefreckledmama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280126/pants-sizes-driving-me-crazy#post_16054487"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><p> </p>
<p>On a side note, when I first read this thread, I read "pants" as "penis".  <img alt="bigeyes.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif"></p>
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LMAO. Nice.</p>
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<p>Sizes change every couple of years. And based on brand. I prefer to buy pants that don't have those kinds of sizes and just go by waist measurement. That way you know for sure. (Also, those brands tend to have options with shorter inseams since I'm a petite person) You know if you are a 25 you will still be a 25... no matter what. But that might be a zero in one thing and a one in another.</p>
 

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<p>Any chance your old pants got somewhat stretched out with wear?  So even though originally you were a size 4, after pregnancy things shifted (even though you are only 10 lbs heavier).  So your brand new size 6 pants feel tight because the old size 4s and 6s were actually somewhat stretched with wear?  Sorry if that is rambling. </p>
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<p>Ex:  I have an old pair of well-worn jeans.  I have worn them for a few years and they are comfy.  I went and tried on several pairs of the exact same style, exact same size and they all felt too small.  I guess I've gone up a size without noticing it, but my old jeans were stretched out enough that they fit.  Confusing.</p>
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<p>If these size 6 pants feel even tighter than your old size 4s (which were pressing against your stomach as the day went on), I'd go with a 10.</p>
 

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<p>If you think they'll stretch out, I'd get 8s, but if not, I guess 10s.  Can you go try on similar pants in a store to see?</p>
 

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<p>These penis sizes are driving me craaaazyyyyyy!!  oops, I mean pants.  Too funny.</p>
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<p>Well, here's the thing about waist sizes...and maybe this is just the difference between jeans vs. non-denim pants...I bought new jeans last year, 2 pairs at a Levis store and one at a Lucky store, and for all three pants I was a 28...which should be a 6.  That's just by trying them on.  I didn't actually measure myself until yesterday.</p>
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<p>It is totally possible that my old size 4's are a bit stretched and that's why they still fit well.  I also have this pair of chinos I got last spring from...Chico's maybe?...that I hven't worn yet cuz they need to be hemmed.  And they are a 6. </p>
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<p>I think I'm going to take the pants to the J Crew store (cuz you can do returns/exchanges at the store even if purchased online) and see if they have some normal (a.k.a. not "skinny" or "matchstick" or "jeggings"...what is with these super skinny pants these days??) pants that I can try on and figure out my size.  I'm thinking maybe I do just need an 8 and not a 10.</p>
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<p>The comparison between Children's Place and Lands End is kinda ironis cuz I actually went to Lands End's site last night just to compare their size chart to J Crew's...and it was the same.  Of course, that doesn't mean they're actually making their stuff according to their own charts.</p>
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<p>And here's one other thing...my sister had given me a pair of size 8 pants after my son was born so I could wear some non-maternity stuff.  By the time I got around to actually trying them on, they were too big on me (waist/hips).  BUT, out of curiosity, I tried them on last night and now they fit.  I didn't have a working scale until last spring, so i have no idea what I weighed during most of my son's first two years of life, but maybe (??) I've gained back a little weight?  Or, I've been doing an exercise program about 6 days a week for the past 8 weeks or so that involves a lot of lower body work, and my husband suggested that maybe I'm creating some muscle mass that's making things fit differently.</p>
 

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<p>I have gained and lost a lot between dieting and pregnancy, so here is what I've found:</p>
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<p>5 lbs, if you carry it in your tummy/hips, will equal about one pants size. So if you were a 4 before, and you still have ten pounds to get back to that size, you are now an 8.</p>
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<p>The size and fit depends somewhat on where the "waist" sits on you. I can get into a 4 if they fit "at waist". If they fit "below waist", I prefer a 6 (though I can still squeeze into a 4, they're just not comfy). If your old pants and new pants fit in different places, the size may be different.</p>
 

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<p>I do think that a lot of us mamas have wider hips after having babies. At least that's true for me, even when I lose all of the baby weight. I have also noticed that pants sizes are not consistent at all. I have even bought two of the exact same pants but in different colors and had one pair fit and the other pair didn't!</p>
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<p>I also think that some vanity sizing goes on with certain brands. I have a couple size 5 pants from high school that are way smaller than today's size 5's. It's all such a pain and forces me to have to try on everything I buy.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>InMediasRes</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280126/pants-sizes-driving-me-crazy#post_16057853"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I have gained and lost a lot between dieting and pregnancy, so here is what I've found:</p>
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<p>5 lbs, if you carry it in your tummy/hips, will equal about one pants size. So if you were a 4 before, and you still have ten pounds to get back to that size, you are now an 8.</p>
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<p>The size and fit depends somewhat on where the "waist" sits on you. I can get into a 4 if they fit "at waist". If they fit "below waist", I prefer a 6 (though I can still squeeze into a 4, they're just not comfy). If your old pants and new pants fit in different places, the size may be different.</p>
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Thank you, InMediaRes!  Having a mathematical formula for figuring this out really appeals to me :)</p>
<p>I went ahead and re-ordered the pants in a size 8 and then will take whatever I don't keep to the store.</p>
 

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<p>I agree that widening hips do a LOT more to change your size than a few pounds do.  I work with prenatal/postnatal moms, and I spend SO much time trying to explain this to them, so they aren't blindsided and upset.  If I had a nickel for every time a mom has come to me crying because she has gotten back down to her pre-preg weight, but yet her old clothes STILL don't fit......well...I wouldn't have to work anymore, LOL!!!  I find it happens more with the very small moms.  You might get back down to 100 lbs or whatever, but if your hips are even an inch or 2 larger in circumference, you wiill have moved up SEVERAL sizes in pants.  And if you do retain some pounds..well...that adds as well. </p>
 

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<p>Well, the size 8's arrived today and fit perfectly.  Except they need to be hemmed even though I ordered the ones with a shorter inseam.</p>
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<p>phew!  pants!</p>
 
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