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How much weight can you gain without going up a size?
Old 09-07-2019, 01:53 PM
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I am 6 feet tall and it takes me somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds for pants, and close to 20 for shirts, before I have to move up a size. I thought this was usual, but I was talking to my 5'5" friend and she said if she gains 5 pounds she has to move up a size. How could anyone keep up with that kind of quick discrepancy?! My weight can fluctuate nearly that in one day.

So, how much does it take before you have to make the switch? Oh, and if you never gain weight, no need to rub it in, but congrats.


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Old 09-07-2019, 02:04 PM
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I gained 8 pounds before and didn't have to go up a size (I'm 5' 6"), but my pants were definitely tighter and less comfy. It made me lose the weight!

So I'm guessing 10 pounds........
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:06 PM
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It depends where I gain weight. I gained 5 lbs this summer unfortunately and things are kind of snug. I refuse to buy the next size up because I'm determined to take it back off. However I have gained about 25 lb in15 years ( gotta love menopause!) and that is 2 sizes for me. I also find that sizes fluctuate a lot over the years and also between manufacturers and styles.
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:10 PM
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I'm 5'5" and I think it depends on how important a quality fit is to you.

I fluctuated between 125 & 135 for decades. At 125, my size 8s were loose and size 6s were perfect. At 135, size 8s were just right and size 6 were too snug. But I could technically "fit" into both of them. Now I go back and forth between 8 & 10 but it's the same issue, loose 10s or snug 8s depending on which end of the weight spectrum I'm on.

Five pounds definitely makes a difference to get a perfect fit.
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:21 PM
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My weight is fairly stable. Because I am only 5 foot 4, I would say 5-6 pounds. Pretty much a size 6 or 8 depending on garment. I quit wheat, sugar and most dairy and that has made a great difference!


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Old 09-07-2019, 02:21 PM
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As Gromit said, each size has 3 variations--a little loose, just right and a little tight. And then add in how much stretch the fabric has and there's even more leeway. And THEN there's the different brands sizing.....I can wear 8, 10 or 12 depending on the brand; this is why I'm so hesitant to buy clothes online.
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:28 PM
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I have everything from size 4 to size 10 in my closet. My weight fluctuates between the same 10 pounds. I'm 5'4".
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I've wondered that too.
Old 09-07-2019, 02:32 PM
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I recently lost 16 pounds and haven't gone down a size yet, and my pants weren't tight when I started.
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Old 09-07-2019, 03:05 PM
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So, how much does it take before you have to make the switch?
When I was gaining gradually, I had a very hard time accepting it and waited until clothes were uncomfortable before being forced to move up a size—about 10-12 lbs per size. I did not like myself or those clothes.

When I retired, it took me 1.5 years to get down to a weight I liked. And it has taken me another 1.5 years of maintenance to believe I can stay at this weight. I finally am getting clothes that fit.

I agree manufacturers vary greatly. I’m like tchrrx: the clothes I now wear are sizes 0-8, XS-M.
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Old 09-07-2019, 03:13 PM
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It takes me awhile, too. I'm 5'6", but it takes a lot for me to see change.

One of my friends lost 30 pounds, and she went from a size 14 to a size 6. At the same time,
I lost 30 pounds, and my tight size 18 pants were loose. I might could have worn a 16 at that point, but I didn't try.

I lost 50 pounds and went from a size 18 to a size 14.


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Old 09-07-2019, 03:52 PM
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I have always thought that 10lbs up or down make a difference in a size. Ok...maybe 15 will do it.
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Old 09-07-2019, 04:37 PM
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I'm 5'11". Few years ago, I lost 31 lbs and only went down 1 size. I was pretty disappointed, but I figured no one knew my size so I was happy for the weight loss.
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I guess it is more the percent of your weight
Old 09-07-2019, 05:29 PM
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I am under 5' and yes the loss of 5 lbs. will make me go down a size or even two. It also depends on where you lose the weight and how you lose the weight.
Years ago when I exercised a lot, I put on more muscle and lost fat so I weighed the same but went down a size. I retired and became less active and gained weight. Recently I lost 5 lbs. only because I lowered carbs. for health reasons, not to lose weight and went down at least one size and in some of my jeans 2 sizes because lowering carbs seems to take inches off the waist line, jeans seemed to be sized by the number of inches at the waist.
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:33 PM
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For me it seems to be around 10 pounds. It can also depend on things like if the person works out regularly. If you do and are able to keep your inches down and body firm, you can usually gain a little more before needing to go up a size.

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Old 09-07-2019, 08:20 PM
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Well at 5'6" and having just lost 10 pounds I can say that I did not go down a size at all. It is not cool. I feel like 25 will be a point where I can tell. At 10 down I can't see any difference.
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Old 09-07-2019, 08:50 PM
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I think there is a bigger difference in larger sizes. For me the difference between a 16 and a 12 was about 40 pounds. However, the difference between a 12 and a 10 was only about 12 pounds. And like a pp said, it also depends on how much you care about a "perfect" fit. You can still wear sizes that are getting loose/tight. I did a good job with eating healthier this summer and my pants are all very loose (constantly pulling them up and I can put them on/take them off without unzipping/unbuttoning), but I'm not going to go get another size until I literally can't wear them anymore. I'm hoping I'll actually be down 2 sizes, especially so I don't have to keep buying new stuff.
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Old 09-07-2019, 09:44 PM
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10 pounds is a pants size. I am 5í 5Ē and I have gone between size 8 and 16 a couple of times. Each size was 10 pounds.
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Old 09-08-2019, 03:31 AM
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Iím with chipmunky for the short girls :P Iím only 5í 1Ē and weight fluctuations make a huge difference in my sizing.

I have always struggled with weight, and have always struggled with being a consistent weight. Iíve honestly stopped wearing pants and jeans for this reason. I do dresses, skirts, and leggings... much less structured, and they have more give.
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Old 09-08-2019, 05:07 AM
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It really depends on body type and where you gain weight.

I lost about 25 lbs before I went down a size in pants. I am shorter (5ft 2 in). I lose weight in my upper body first. And, that is where I tend to gain weight first.

I've also read that it also depends on the size you are. There is a bigger range for bigger sizes and a smaller range for smaller sizes.
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:20 PM
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I refuse to go up in size

So I am losing weight. I lost only about 15 lbs and went down two sizes in pants. Tops are about the same because I donít wear fitted tops and havenít lost any boob

What is weird is that normally at this size I would be 10 lbs lighter than I am now. I think I must have lost more fat or gained some muscle since I am smaller than I should be at this weight.
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