I’ve heard the story about how Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14 about a million times now, and it’s invariably followed by someone saying “Yeah, but women’s clothing sizes have gotten bigger over the years… a size 14 then is a size 6 (or whatever) now.”
Anyone got any facts to back up either of these claims? Marilyn Monroe, although not as skeletal as Calista Flockheart or Kate Moss, always looks fairly slim to me. Full-figured and curvy, yes. Fat, no.
And clothing sizes… I can certainly understand why clothing designers may fib a little on the sizes, but then again it’s not like there’s some agency governing sizes. But has it changed so much that a 1950’s size 14 (which is one of the larger women’s sizes, above 16 or so you get into “plus” sizes) is now a size 6 (which is on the edge of being petite?) Any facts to back that up? I’m thinking something along the lines of a JC Penney’s size chart from the 50’s that says “30 inch waist = size 16” and the same size chart from the current Penney’s catalog saying “30 inch waist = size 8”