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I agree it could very well be vanity sizing. I'm finding where I am from most stuff is made now for petite people. I have a hard time finding t-shirts and jackets that are long enough. All dresses are shirts on me, it really sucks. I'm 5'7", not too tall to wear regular clothes.
Especially since I am only 23 and I want to still be fashionable and young looking. But everything where I am is just too short and too small. Now, I am bigger, I'm about a 14-18 depending on where I go. But I still am able to wear regular tops and sweaters, it's just finding stuff that is long enough or stuff that isn't too tight in the boob area. That is my biggest problem.
I think it depends on where you are and where you shop. I tend to stick to places now that I know carry larger sizes. If something is baggy, I just bring it in with a belt. There isn't much I can do because stuff just doesn't fit well.
I don't worry too much about what size exactly, I know that there is discrepancies between stores. I just buy stuff that looks flattering, that is the most important thing. When you have clothes that really compliment your shape and fit well, you feel better and look better.
If someone wants to judge me based on size, that's too bad :P I don't care. Everyone is different, and that's okay!