sizing guide

the dirty details

Here’s why I online shop in two words: fluorescent lights. I am a dress size 6 and my blog posts share several fashion looks. I thought it would be helpful to share my measurements so that should you wear a womens size 6 clothing or somewhere a little above or below that, you can get a good idea as to what size to order if you like something I share!

Dressing rooms, sales people and all involved make me want to throw up. Truth be told, I am not a shopper. All evidence to the contrary, I hate the process. I’ve been an online shopper for years. I tend to order a few sizes in things and send back what doesn’t fit. Especially for jeans and bathing suits. My worst nightmare is a bathing suit under fluorescent light and some woman I don’t know telling me it looks good. She lies for commission! Ha!

When I order clothes online I always walk in front of my husband and kids and I can tell in three seconds if it’s a winner. My husband will either go “I like that” or “that’s nice” or he will get quiet and my sons chime in with the true story. Way more helpful opinions than a saleswoman. And, if my husband thinks I look nice well, then, that’s all I need. Plus, then he’s on board with the purchase, right?!

Nothing makes me crazier than looking at clothes online and seeing a model wear clothes and not really knowing her measurements. Sure, it says size small, but I doubt that. She probably weighs 104 pounds, is 6’1 and is in a size 0. Size small my patoot.

Since I’m sharing a lot of clothes with you all lately (and will continue to do so – some great every day looks coming soon), I thought it would be helpful if I shared my measurements so you can use that as reference when shopping. That way you can think through what size you would need or if you think that look will look for you.

I didn’t mention my weight, but I will because that’s the kind of friend I am. I’m around 130 pounds give or take some, with a lot of extra skin from having three babies and a c-section. I feel very exposed now…I need to go find some wine. See what I do for you guys? Holy cow I can’t believe I’m sharing this on the internet.

Please comment if this helps. For Gods Sakes, please comment. I just shared my weight and jean size for crying out loud. At least tell me it’s helpful!

womens size 6 clothing and dress size 6 measurements



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    April 7, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing!! You have great style and online shopping is totally the way to go!! Ugh! Commissioned sales people!

    • Kelly
      April 8, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Hey Karen! I’m so glad it’s helpful. I used to work in retail (Abercrombie & Fitch, hahaha!) and we didn’t work on commission. I know a lot of stores don’t do this anymore and there are plenty of honest people. I guess I just am a skeptic and prefer my own lighting to dressing room ones!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    April 8, 2017 / 8:05 am

    I so appreciate your honesty, everyone is so different and you can see just by your range how different every store sizes. You look amazing, and real! I love your style, keep the style for real moms coming!! My problem is that I am very petite, just under 5′ and I have a very short torso and it’s impossible to find dresses that fit without half my boobs/bra hanging out the side. I always have to tack on $10-15 just to hem every pair of pants I buy. I can’t even go to lulu and buy their crops in a size 2 without them basically full length pants on me.

    • Kelly
      April 8, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Leslie, thank you! Totally – sizing is so arbitrary. It’s really kind of funny, but then it’s good when you find a store or designer that just fits you. I actually have been super impressed and glad I found Loft clothes – and J.Crew jeans (a post about this soon.) I feel like they fit women better — not girls. My sister is 5′ tall so I get it. Alterations are the way to go. I think for everyone because there is no such thing as one size fits all! But super frustrating to always have to wait for them to be done I’m sure!!!!

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    Linda of No.Cal.
    April 9, 2017 / 9:37 am

    AWESOME. Your blog made me smile !! I purchase clothes at the store and try them on at HOME !!… –some get returned… some I keep. Swim suits… cringe!! ? Tankini from Lands End… paired with quick dry men’s M shorts.. shhhhhhhh ‘high end’ of misses size. The models wear the clothes so well… sigh !!
    Thank You… ?LInda of No.Cal.

    • Kelly
      April 22, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Linda, thanks for letting me know you enjoy it! And swim suits…the WORST. And models do – it’s so much better to see it on real people!

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    Diana Barrientos
    December 30, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    Thank you so much for being so open about yourself. Itโ€™s very scary and intimidating to put so much out there for everyone to know. So from the bottom of my heart… thank you!! You are so beautiful and Iโ€™m glad you have this blog. Now I was a size 6 once… in like middle school ๐Ÿ™ so unfortunately I canโ€™t use you as a reference for myself, but I can at least follow your amazing sense of style and ability to choose amazing angles and lighting. I hate taking pics of myself because Iโ€™m super awkward and never know how to pose. Good luck and I look forward to following you more! ๐Ÿ™‚

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