Originally Posted by Orchidflower
This is so simple, but here is a real life example: When I was in high school I was a size 10 in women's clothing. When I hit 143-45 I had to go into a 12.
When I was in my mid-50's and lifting weights and walking 3 miles 4-5 times a week, that same size 10 fit perfectly--even wearing a size 8 occasionally--at 165!
I think you'll find you actually need to measure yourself to do comparisons over time 'cos the clothing industry has consistently made clothes larger but kept the numbers the same. They even do it with mens' pants. I thought that I had recovered my youth when I got back in size 34 pants from size 40, then I discovered some old photos of me in my 20's when I used to wear 34 pants and I looked really skinny. I then measured my waist with a tape measure
It is more difficult to know the change in womens' dress sizes but it is fairly dramatic according to DW who now wears dress sizes smaller than she ever has in her entire life.