Originally Posted by NorSkier
I'm sorry to interrupt, but could someone please explain the sizing. My wife normally uses size Large - What would that equal in "numeric" sizes?
Based on personal experience (as a gift buyer, not a cross dresser), I can definitely say, "It depends." After numerous gifting attempts -- some successful, others less so -- I've managed to more or less distill the rules on women's sizes down to the following interrelated factors:Who
makes the clothes. Sizes differ based on the brand label.What
you are buying. A large may be size 12, 14, or beyond. Also a woman who fits into a size 12 pair of jeans may not fit into a size 12 vest. From the same manufacturer.When
you are buying the item. Not when as in "what day" or "what month." This is "when" as in "what point along the space-time continuum of the intended recipient's mysterious, everchanging, and mostly unknowable body-shape calendar." For example, if you buy something that is size 12 for someone who is size 12-ish today, but who was closer to some other size last week, that may be perfectly OK. Or not. It just depends.Where
you buy it and How
much it costs. My wife loves great thrift-shop deals, and we both wear a lot of clothes from the House of St. Vincent de Paul. For example, an incredible, nearly new $500 designer-label wool overcoat bought in a thrift store for $12 is probably going to be well received, even if it needs some alterations to fit right, based on the logic that alterations that cost three times as much as the purchase price are OK since the value-added cost of obtaining the garment is still way less than the actual value of the garment.
After applying my own rules for a few years, I've come up with a great formula: I either buy a scarf or order whatever I find highlighted subtly in some catalog placed strategically on a nightstand. Alternatively, I get notified after the fact, and then thanked, for some clothing item I've "purchased."