I’m a long time fan and supporter of Oiselle (full disclosure, I run — when I’m not injured — for the Oiselle Volee Team). This spring Oiselle changed its size structure going from Small – Medium – Large – Extra Large to 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 10 – 12. The new size structure allowed for an additional size and, in my opinion, improved fit across the line. Since the size changed I have received several questions about how the new sizes fit, especially on someone who is a bit larger than Lauren Fleshman, so I decided to take some measurements and pictures to give those of us who are larger an idea on the new fits.
First things first, my measurements:
Over Bust – 37 inches
Under Bust – 35 inches
Waist – 31 inches
Hips – 41 inches
So, small chest, wide hips and (what’s not shown by these measurements) an ample rear end and quads/thighs. I have been described as “thick” on several occasions.
Now here’s the official Oiselle size chart. Based on this chart I should be a size 10. The only issue that sometimes my wide thighs are too much and I need to size up. Based on that I ordered several pieces in both size 10 and size 12.
Runway Bra (size 10) and KC Tights (size 10). Both fit really well in the 10. On the tights there was a enough fabric so that the rear end was not see through. The design of the bra itself is super comfortable (I’ve used it for long trainer rides) and the tights stay in place, no slipping.
Lux Short Sleeve Top (Size 10) and Flyte Shorts (Size Large). Again both fit really well. The Lux top is super soft and I like the fact that its fairly loose fitting. Unlike most other items the sizing on the Flyte shorts hasn’t changes (still small – medium – large). These are the regular Flyte shorts (compared to the long ones). For comparison purposes my inseam is 33 inches.
Distance Shorts (Pink are Size 12, Green are Size 10) and Verrazano Bra (Size 10). Distance shorts are my absolute favorite piece by Oiselle. They’ve been a staple of mine forever. The pink size 12 shorts were a bit big. I pulled the draw string as tight as it would go and they were still loose in the waist. I worry about them staying up while running. The green size 10 shorts were pretty much a perfect fit. Fit well in the waist but still plenty of room in the thighs (where shorts often run tight on me).
Mac Roga Short (Gray Size 10, Pop size 12). I like short shorts. The Mac Rogas have a 1.75 inseam (there are also regular and long Rogas with 4 and 6 inch inseams respectively). Both the 10s and 12s in the Roga were tighter in the thigh than the distance shorts. Overall the 10 was a better fit due to the waist — the 10 fit well while I used the entire draw string on the 12. Because of the extra fabric on the 12 they go a little “bunchy” as well.
Stride Short Mini (size 10) and Petal Top (Gray short sleeve top in Size 10) and Airy Tank (Ocean in Size 10). These shorts are short (2.25 inch inseam) but they fit nicely, cover the rear end and stay in place. I’m not sure if I’m self confident enough to wear them outside to run, but they work nicely for indoor TRX workouts. The Petal top is super soft and the accents are in the same material as the Flyer Jacket. The Airy Tank is made entirely of Flyer Jacket material. I’m not sure how well its going to breathe, but it looks cute.
I hope this information helps. If you have questions about size, feel free to comment below or to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.