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November 6, 2011 11:24 AM
Quick question....I'm a bit baffled and hopefully I can get closure on this. My waist is a 30.5 and I am 5'3" and weigh 115 lbs. I can wear size 0 pants. (Not bragging) How is it that a lot of women have a 28 in. waist and fit in a size 0 w/t them falling off? My BF percentage is about 16 or 17. I'm not complaining about a 30.5 in waist, but it just seems like 28 is the 'ideal' waist size. That just can't be because people aren't the same height or have the same build or bone size. Ugh. I think I'll just be happy with 30.5. Just wondering what a normal waist size is.
November 6, 2011 11:31 AM
lol... my waist is 28 in. and I am about a size 8 - so I have no idea how someone can fit into a size 0 with a 28 in. waist. Maybe you're thinking hips?
  9233173
November 6, 2011 11:36 AM
I'm intruiged to know what your other vital stats are because mine are;

35
28
36

and according to various bf online calculations, my bf if 23.7% (taking my thin neck and wrists into consideration as well).

I am a UK size 10.
November 6, 2011 11:36 AM
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lol... my waist is 28 in. and I am about a size 8 - so I have no idea how someone can fit into a size 0 with a 28 in. waist. Maybe you're thinking hips?


I don't think so. I measure my waist right over my belly button.
November 6, 2011 11:39 AM
My waist is 31 inches and my hips (where jeans actually sit) is 38 inches. I wear size 12.
  7040126
November 6, 2011 11:40 AM
Different people are built very, very differently. I'm 5'5", 138 lb and my waist is 24.5", but I have a higher body fat percentage than you, so I'd wager that my hips/thighs are much bigger than yours. Meanwhile, I have a relative who is 5'4" and 105 lb, extremely fit, and her waist is 32", because her shape is very straight-up-and-down, while mine is more of an hourglass.
November 6, 2011 11:40 AM
Well, I'm 133lbs at the moment, and I think my BF% is around 25%. Hips are 35.5in. so that's probably why I'm a bigger size in jeans. I think your hips/butt have way more to do with what size pants you wear than your waist size. But if you're only talking about a 2 1/2 inch difference, I'm sure the women with a 28 inch waist wearing size 0 jeans are probably doing so with them being a bit looser, probably wearing a belt.
  9233173
November 6, 2011 11:50 AM
It's that hokie woman sizing thing. Men use real measurment, not ficticious size 0......

We uses waist and inseam in inches. Seems kind of logical doesn't it?
  6532166
November 6, 2011 11:53 AM
QUOTE:

It's that hokie woman sizing thing. Men use real measurment, not ficticious size 0......

We uses waist and inseam in inches. Seems kind of logical doesn't it?


Wouldn't that be nice? I wear a size 7 to 11 here depending on the item of clothing. When I was in the US on vacation, I tried on clothes and was a size 0 (!!!! hahahaha, no way in hell) to size 6, depending on the item of clothing.

When people ask what size I wear, I say, "I DON'T KNOW!" and run away crying.
November 6, 2011 12:00 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

It's that hokie woman sizing thing. Men use real measurment, not ficticious size 0......

We uses waist and inseam in inches. Seems kind of logical doesn't it?


Wouldn't that be nice? I wear a size 7 to 11 here depending on the item of clothing. When I was in the US on vacation, I tried on clothes and was a size 0 (!!!! hahahaha, no way in hell) to size 6, depending on the item of clothing.

When people ask what size I wear, I say, "I DON'T KNOW!" and run away crying.


LMAO <3
  9233173
November 6, 2011 12:06 PM
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Well, I'm 133lbs at the moment, and I think my BF% is around 25%. Hips are 35.5in. so that's probably why I'm a bigger size in jeans. I think your hips/butt have way more to do with what size pants you wear than your waist size. But if you're only talking about a 2 1/2 inch difference, I'm sure the women with a 28 inch waist wearing size 0 jeans are probably doing so with them being a bit looser, probably wearing a belt.


My hips are 34.
November 6, 2011 12:06 PM
My hips are a 34 so I guess that factors in too.
November 6, 2011 12:10 PM
Thanks you guys for your input. I do have closure now knowing that 28 isn't the magical number. For me, 30 inches suits me. I won't be obsessing anymore about trying to get a 28 in. waist. That's a relief.
November 6, 2011 12:11 PM
I think you must be measuring your waist in the wrong place. It should be right at the narrowest point, not at your belly button. I have 35 inch hips and wear a US 2-4, UK 8 ish. I have a 27 inch waist. There is no way you could wear a UK 8 with a 31 inch waist, let alone a 6, which would be a size 0.
November 6, 2011 12:26 PM
when i was 170 pounds my waist was 31 and i fit a size 9-11

your waist is where if you bend to the side it creases, the smallest part
  10955586
November 6, 2011 12:35 PM
Okay, now I am getting different answers as to where to measure your waist. I read that you measure it on your belly button.

If I measure an inch above my belly button, my waist is a 27.5.

Where do you measure?
November 6, 2011 12:35 PM
bodies are weird :P

I'm 5'2, and my waist is 24in. I also wear a size 0 comfortably. so who knows!
November 6, 2011 12:40 PM
QUOTE:

Okay, now I am getting different answers as to where to measure your waist. I read that you measure it on your belly button.

If I measure an inch above my belly button, my waist is a 27.5.

Where do you measure?


your natural waist where if you bend to the side it creases, 27.5 sounds more correct
  10955586
November 6, 2011 12:41 PM
It's usually above the belly button at the natural indention of the body. It's very confusing especially since most pants now don't sit at the natural waist.
November 6, 2011 12:44 PM
I find it hard to believe you can get into a 0 even with a 27.5 inch waist. Mine is 27, and my smallest jeans are a size 2 (US) stretch skinny jean. You measure yourself at the narrowest part.
November 6, 2011 1:22 PM
I measure my waist between the bottom of my sternum and my belly button.

Everyone is different, indeed. My waist is 30, my abdomen (belly button) is 32 and hips/toosh is 40. My jeans vary from size 6-10 depending on brand, fabric ratio (stretch) etc.
November 6, 2011 1:45 PM
I agree with everyone who says measure waist at your narrowest point. On a similar note I measure hips as my widest - round your buttocks!

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November 6, 2011 2:19 PM
my waist is a 27 and i wear size 2/26 - and sometimes 0s (just depends). 34 bust and 32 hips.

we are all just so different and unique!
November 6, 2011 2:28 PM
There is no such thing as normal. Google pics of girls in swimsuits. Some have waists, some are still toned / thin and look like a straight line from under the breasts straight down to hips. Everyone is built differently. Can't change that basic shape...
November 6, 2011 2:29 PM
QUOTE:

I measure my waist between the bottom of my sternum and my belly button.

Everyone is different, indeed. My waist is 30, my abdomen (belly button) is 32 and hips/toosh is 40. My jeans vary from size 6-10 depending on brand, fabric ratio (stretch) etc.


Holy %$^& I've been measuring my waist wrong all this time. :(

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