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Can anyone tell me what pounds go with what dress sizes? I'm 6 foot tall and weigh 197 and wear a size 18 tall. I'd like to know when to expect my dress size drop down to a 16 tall and so on. I think it would be a nice way to help me set "mini" goals for myself. Please share your experiences on this topic. I would find it encouraging.

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I find that clothing sizes are always relative to where you lose the weight.  I have gone from about 175 to 154 and I have gone from a XL in tops to a Medium, but I still have trouble finding pants that fit me well.  I wore a 12 for a little bit, but I had a bunch of 10s (that I bought when they were WAY too tight!) that fit okay.  They are baggy, but I carry a lot of my weight in my hips and butt, so 78s are a little tight still.  I have seen posts that have people around my size going from a 12 to 6 with a 20lb loss. 

My suggestion to you is to worry about losing the weight and trying different sizes when you see that your current clothes are getting loose. 

Plus, beware of different stores, I have found out the hard way that I still wear a 10 at Express but that same size is falling off of me at Old Navy...

Good luck!

I agree, it is very relative.  My friend and I are good examples.  I am 5'4" and weigh 141 (lost 2 lbs this week!) and she is 5'5" and weighs 150.  I am a solid size 8 jeans and will be a comfortable size 6 at 135.  She is a size 12 jeans and will not be in a size 10 until her low 140's. However, I wear a medium shirt and she wears a small.  It is a matter of where your problem areas are.  She has large hips, butt and thighs.  I have broad shoulders and a large ribcage and my tummy is my problem area. 

I would guess that if you keep a spreadsheet with your inches lost, not your weight.  That will help you determine when you can go try on the next size smaller.

I agree with rstrehle85, the size of department store clothes runs on the some what funny size. You really have to get in their, and try on the clothes at an any department store. Old Navy jeans runs a little wide I do believe, and that's where I go to get my size 14's. I'm 5'0" and 158 pounds now, and it's hard to shop for clothes.  Old Navy jeans are right for me, because I am a true pear. I can never find nothing to really fit me. Because of my shape. My jeans pop out in the back, and it's still there when I put on a belt. That gap, that pops right out. The jeans never fit right on my back.

So, I went into a tailor shop, and I asked what can you do about this. Lifting up my top, and showing the lady my back side. She said. Extra belt loops, and for the pants you get with no belt loops. We can add in some elastic to your wasit band. I have to had most of my jeans tailored. The best jeans I've every gotten that I didn't have to do that to was a pair of (just my size) I don't know who makes them, but they was on sale at wal-mart 5 dollars a pair. They fit me just right, and I can't find those jeans in any other cut, but that's good, because I love fashion, so now I have a little trick to help with any pair of jeans I get that don't fit.

I didn't start to worry about clothes until I lost my first 20 to 30 pounds, I had no choice because nothing fit me right. I'm very small on top and wide on the bottom. I'm a size 12 in dresses, but my hips want allow me to be a size 12 right now. In time... :) Maybe! 

Edit to add (My height)

Good afternoon!  Lemme put it this way:

5'3"

Size 18:  198
Size 16:  185
Size 14:  175
Size 12:  170
Size 11 (currently) 167.

Leopardrayne, It looks like you have dropped a size for each 10 lbs. I guess  that was what I was wondering, about how many pounds per size. I know it will vary from person to person, but I was wondering. It's been so long but I *think* I will go down a size for every 10 lbs or so.

Being tall, I am limited on where I can shop. Surprisingly, Walmart is one of the best places I know to buy jeans that fit. They carry talls and what works for me is to find the "relaxed fit" but they don't fit me loose Undecided they fit me snug. But I have a big behind and small waist. I always have no matter what size I am. It was nice when I wore a size 10 but now I just have a huge butt. Frown

**RANT** Don't you just HATE the mirrors in dressing rooms??? I swear they are much worse than any other mirrors. They show every bulge and every ripple on my poor body! What's with that? I sure am not motivated to shop for clothes when I have to look at myself in those mirrors! 

~ Beth

I carry most of my weight in my lower abdomen.  I am 5'4.5 and went from a size 18 at 230 pound to a size 8 at 155 pounds.  I seem to lose one dress size with about every 15 pounds.

southernmidwife

  - on clothes that fit based on height - I have the opposite problem.  Being short, everything is about 5 inches too long for me, especially designer jeans. haha.  Nothing ever fits.

  -  On clothes that fit based on body - I have 41" hip, 32" waist.  My ass usually hangs out of every pair of jeans, so I buy shirts that look long, so I don't feel so bad.  I try everything on, and YES I do hate mirrors in dressing rooms.  Are they bent to make you look fatter?

I also hate mirrors in those dressing rooms. I dunno maybe it's the lighting or the stress to feel good+comfortable+pretty in new clothes.

I went on a shopping spree last weekend and I just stopped and stared at me and thought: "I'm ugly."

Then I thought "No, I'm not. I'm fat but not ugly, plus I'm working on it."

This made me feel committed to control what I eat not to be stick thin but to be healthy.

BTW, I lose dress sizes every 15 pounds as well.

Original Post by unlimitedana:

Then I thought "No, I'm not. I'm fat but not ugly, plus I'm working on it."

This made me feel committed to control what I eat not to be stick thin but to be healthy.

BTW, I lose dress sizes every 15 pounds as well.

I also try to remind myself that "I'm working on it" and it does help. We've GOT to keep looking forward to our goals.

You know what's not fair... tonight I went out with my husband to a coffee shop that we like to go to on weekends to hear live music. Someone told my husband that he's "sure looking good" and asked "are you loosing weight?" ARGHHHHH!!! He hasn't lost a single pound but I've lost 7 lbs and no one has noticed yet! *SIGH* I really gave my husband a hard time about that one. 

One of the bad things about being tall is it takes longer for the weight loss to show. Of course the opposite is also true. I hide my fat a little better than shorter people do.

~ Beth

I hate the mirrors in the dressing rooms too. The light is what did it for me. I hate the light, and I wish they will cut them down a bit and save some money on the light bill.

I also hate the size of some of these dressing rooms. I mean really. I feel like I am in a camper rest room, it's so small.

I remember when I stop using the dressing rooms. 5 years ago, because The last time I was in the dressing room, the woman who was working that area told this lady.. She will never be able to get into those jeans. She has all 18's. That B. She was right, I didn't get into any of them at all. But it made me so mad, then I've learn.. AZ jeans don't fit me. They was 18, and I got them anyway. I looked at them, and called my girlfriend over to try them on. She looked at the tag, and said to me.. They are too big. I said, just try them on for me... Okay.. She's a 14, and the damn jeans fit her to the T. PERFECT FIT. I still would not beable to fit these jeans. There is no room for them to get over my hips. 14" wasit, and I have wide hips.. My jeans always ran a few sizes up due to my hips.... ARRRRR! I love them, but MAN! Will they ever make a jean for big butts and hips with small wasit that fits. 

Ok, you got alot of good advice, but we think alike, so I am wanting to encourage you and encourage myself as well. I am coming from a 26-28 and even though I have lost alot of weight and dress sizes, the next one down until recently...has been the next goal. Might be a mental image problem as well, and I know for a fact the larger, taller someone is, the way they perceive themselves can be very different than what they really are! This has been extremely hard for me to comprehend. In fact, I can see I clearly have lost weight 150+ but my legs and belly still look huge. A size 16 was my first "dream size" and immediately after surgery, within a week, I was looking at a skirt that size and thought, that is still a big skirt. Now a size 12 is looking the same way a size 16 did..for real. You are tall, and carry your weight differently because of it, so enjoy that aspect of it. When you do slim down, you will be able to look smaller than some because you are taller. I know, I was in a 14 and slim waist made me look much smaller. Now, it is evened out more. I am ranging from 163 to 170 within a week or so time. I am not stabilized yet as I am still wanting to keep the calories to lose down to at 160 at least, or down to 154. I feel I am ok now, but still got some fat in the middle, but I am 54 years old and the middle age spread is alive even though I have lost weight and exercise religiously. hang, we can do this.  pS i can still wear some 14, and feel very comfortable, baggy pants, etc. but my waist is ok with it. my butt which was the biggest area, now very narrow? LOL. You will change. I can also wear a 10 pants, but melted and poured in them. But oh of course, I love saying size 10. I think I can end up there and stay there if I really work at it, size 12 otherwise.

I think I go down (or up) a size for every 15 pounds, and I'm 5'7".

And I hear you on the mirrors rant!  I've actually found that, the more expensive the store, the better the mirrors are - I wonder how much of the cost of the clothes is paying for the pleasure of looking better when you first try them on! 

Perfect example Shyran!

I'm 5ft 4" and I weigh 139-143lbs. I carry most of my weight in my legs. I wear anything from a baggy 6 to a tight 4. So I agree that it's hard to find out what size you wear bc of body composition and also muscle... I'm pretty muscular so I think I weigh much more than people think...

 

Original Post by shyran:

I agree, it is very relative.  My friend and I are good examples.  I am 5'4" and weigh 141 (lost 2 lbs this week!) and she is 5'5" and weighs 150.  I am a solid size 8 jeans and will be a comfortable size 6 at 135.  She is a size 12 jeans and will not be in a size 10 until her low 140's. However, I wear a medium shirt and she wears a small.  It is a matter of where your problem areas are.  She has large hips, butt and thighs.  I have broad shoulders and a large ribcage and my tummy is my problem area. 

I would guess that if you keep a spreadsheet with your inches lost, not your weight.  That will help you determine when you can go try on the next size smaller.

 

I would not necessarily attach any kind of number to size.  It depends on what you are doing for exercise too.  At my fattest (177 4 years ago) I was a snug 18 and having to buy mens pants (36 waist).  I lost 27 pounds without consciously dieting, just being more active overall (physical job) and riding a bike to work (6 miles a day on average).  I only moved down one size to a 16, lost a lot of breasts. 

Fast forward a couple of years to this winter where I achieved a new fattest weight (184), still pouring myself into 18s, sweats and mens 36 waists (even more snug now).  The first 6 pounds I lost, I went down 2 sizes to a 14 and after a total of 20 pounds from my original weight, at 164, I'm still in 14s.  I have a pair of short-shorts in a 12.  So, my sizes don't follow the numbers at all.   A big difference is that I'm consciously eating better and consistently exercising (running, walking, biking and swimming and aerobics). 

I'm 5'5 1/2" with a large frame.  I have no idea what to expect when I get to goal weight, 139.  That used to be a 12 the last time I saw that weight. 

the store clerks all laughed when an outfit was tight last yr and they held out an 18W to try.  I wailed, "but, I don't want to wear anything that says 18 wide on the label"  They told me it stood for '18 womens, not wide'.

That was a 202 lbs and 5'6". 

I didn't keep a log of weight=size, but last winter gave away all size 18's and some 16's and I was weighing about 180 then.

I would say at 15-20 pounds less you will need a smaller size.  I did find a note that at 10# loss I could wear a smaller size, but they were tight.

~shopping is so much fun when you weigh less~
Original Post by ohio45:

the store clerks all laughed when an outfit was tight last yr and they held out an 18W to try.  I wailed, "but, I don't want to wear anything that says 18 wide on the label"  They told me it stood for '18 womens, not wide'.

That was a 202 lbs and 5'6". 

I didn't keep a log of weight=size, but last winter gave away all size 18's and some 16's and I was weighing about 180 then.

I would say at 15-20 pounds less you will need a smaller size.  I did find a note that at 10# loss I could wear a smaller size, but they were tight.

~shopping is so much fun when you weigh less~

 That's confusing, you know. Women's Misses, Junior's, Average, Petite, and Tall. I thought the "W" was for wide too. I'm a petite size, and I was thinking that petite meant, small in the wasit- you know Frame size. Well, it stands for shorties. 27" inseam. I can do an average 29" inseam- from time to time. Is anyone in this boat...

I went to purchase some shorts and tank tops today. I need more of them to walk in because it is SO hot here.

I think it might just be a marketing strategy or something because I couldn't believe that I bought a Medium in everything! I've only lost 9.2 lbs and I've always worn an XL. But I do feel much firmer because I have been working out so much.

Anyway, I am down at least one size in these items. I would have been happy with a Large but I sure went home happy today knowing those labels said "medium." I haven't worn a medium in years. Wink

~ Beth

Hey I know what you mean! It's hard to tell if you've really dropped a size or it's just part of their marketing ploy. But it feels good regardless.

It really does depend on your body size, shape, weight, and where you carry it.  My mom and I are both 5'5".  I weight 154 and wear a size 4/6/8 depending.  She wears a size 10 right now at 132 lbs.

Hello there. I'm also 6' tall and I personally tend to drop a dress size about every 10 pounds. I've lost 18 pounds in the past 4 months and have gone from around a size 14 to a size 10. I hope this helps! Smile

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