Women’s clothes sizing has long been as issue. You're a size 10 in The Limited, but a six in Ann Taylor. You can barely squeeze into a size two Levi's, but can put on a size zero Lucky Brand jeans without breaking a sweat.

According to an article published in the Daily Mail, if Marilyn Monroe were alive today, her clothing size would range anywhere between a double zero to an eight. In 1958, she was considered to be a size 12. For an American woman today, a waist measuring between 26 and 28 inches is considered a size eight. In 1958, you were considered a size eight if your waist measured between 22 and 24 inches.

And how about plus size women? Well, according to the chart in the Daily Mail article, a size 20 measured between a 32 and 34 inch waist. Now, a size 20 measures between a 40 and 42 inch waist.

So why are sizes all over the map? There are a number of reasons for why clothing sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and retail store to retail store:

  • Americans are more overweight than decades earlier.
  • The original clothing chart didn't represent a wide range of sizes.
  • Clothing manufacturers are trying to attract a larger customer base.
  • Vanity might be playing a role.

And despite the fact that Americans continue to grow heavier, plus-size women still have a tough time finding clothing. In fact, according to an article that was published in Glamour in March 2017, only 16 percent of all apparel sales are for plus-size clothing, but considering nearly 70 percent of American women are a size 14 or higher, you would think it would be a larger slice of the pie.

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