Clothing sizes are BS! Don’t believe the hype.

One of the joys of having lost weight is that I can buy new clothes (or used from consignment shops – my favorite ’cause I get to buy stuff cheap that other guys have gotten too big for!)  It’s nice not to have to wear sweatpants etc.

I ordered some T shirts the other day from Amazon.  I ordered L (large).  However, I’m swimming in them.  I’d need medium.  I think they do this to make people not realize they’ve gained weight, or to make them feel good when they buy a size L that used to be XL or even XXL.  But in European clothes, I’m usually an XL (6’2″ 205 lbs, down from peak 337 lbs).

Another problem I have is that generally shirts or jackets that fit me in the neck and shoulders are WAY too big in waist, to accommodate today’s American man.  It’s funny, because if I buy the supposedly same size (chest) in European clothes, the waist may be tight. This summer I was in the Netherlands (tallest people in the world; everyone rides bikes) and many stores did not have my size (XXL for them).  So, go figure – L is too big here, I’m XXL there!

I put my faith in the mirror; the tape measure; and the scale.  NOT the clothing size!

Ferry Bldg, San Francisco

Ferry Bldg, San Francisco

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. Mae Truesdale-Blocker

    You are right, I use to work in a clothing factory many years ago. We made garments for high end and low end stores, If you want to know your true size try on a garment in a low end store. Same garment different labels a size 12 in a high end store was a 14 in a low end store.

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