This is going to be difficult for most folks: TAG NUMBERS MEAN NOTHING. To give you an example, I once purchased a size 10 skirt that *almost* fit perfectly. I am typically a size 4/6. Said size 10 skirt was on the sale rack and ridiculously marked down, for good reason. I am very aware I bought that skirt for such a steal because I am sure that tag “scared” away both ends. People that are typically not a size 10 would pass it by and then those that typically purchased a size 10 would feel horrible that it likely didn’t even pass their hips.
Tags, lie. Do we have to buy based upon numbers? For now, yes we do. But please don’t be afraid to size up or down- it means nothing about your body. (P.S-As a personal shopping stylist I always buy at LEAST 2 sizes in almost every garment I purchase for clients. I do not trust tags/sizes as labeled. Is it a pain? Absolutely. But the more practice, you can start spotting these size discrepancies)