I was wandering the dimly lit aisles of St. Vinnie's in search of an embroidered cardigan when my hands slipped over a waterfall of electric blue knife pleats that spilled into a pool chevron. Because thrifting is all about exploration, I pulled the garment off the rack to discover a 60's style secretary dress that was oh, so lovely. The shape of the dress on the hanger said "size 6." The tag said "size 12." The elastic waistband and super stretchy fabric said "go for it."
It's so important to not limit yourself to the number on the tag because if it fits on your body and you like the way it looks, it's your size. That's a good rule to follow whether you're at a thrift store or the mall. As there is always a chance you could stumble upon a dress that fits from size 6 to 16 seamlessly.
Dress: Vintage, (similar vintage finds here, and here) similar in 2-16, similar in XS-XXL, similar in 1X-3X, similar in 16-24 | Tights: similar in S-L, similar in 1X-6X | Belt: Target, similar in S-XL, similar in 14-24 | | Scarf: Thrifted, similar | Boots: Modcloth, similar | Lips: Colourpop's Liquid Lipstick in Bumble