If a lingerie article does not fit snugly, then you may be short waisted or long waisted, which is not a big deal, but you may want to know exactly what your size is when purchasing lingerie from an on-line site.
One size fits most does not mean one size fits all. Years ago manufacturers listed items as one size fits all, because items that said one size fits all or fits most, do not actually fit all and just because they fit most does not mean they will fit you. The manufacturers changed the sizing to one size fits most, but many customers persist in thinking it means one size fits all through no fault of theirs. One size fits most has historically been the domain of pantyhose. The cost of making pantyhose to fit extra small, small, medium, large, as well as plus sizes would certainly drive up the cost of the essential pantyhose product. Also, due to the variants in sizes, colors, and styles, the affordable pantyhose, as well as stockings would become much more cost prohibitive.
The same analogy applies to many lingerie items that include stockings as well as many sexy lingerie items that are very similar to stockings such as form fitting body stockings, chemises, panties, and lingerie bras. Even a passing thought would tell you that it is impossible for any garment to fit every size regardless of height, weight, and other measurements. So, beware of the one size fits most designation. Hosiery is one size fits most, for the most part. If you have slender legs, then the pantyhose may bunch at the ankles, or knees, and if you are tall, then they may not make it past your lower thighs.
When buying from an on-line site, only trust those that have a telephone number or better yet, toll free numbers to answer your questions. Of course, there are plus size one fits most designations, but no slender one size fits most, so it is important that you call to clarify what you are purchasing. Many of these on-line lingerie sites will offer toll free customer service support seven days a week during working hours, and will love to answer your questions as it helps to insure that you are buying the size that is right for you.
Running small and being made to fit snugly are not the same thing as some items do run small like leather, vinyl, and costumes, while others are meant to fit snugly, like panties, skirts, corsets, and the like. Sexy lingerie is generally short, snug and body flattering, which is partly why it is sexy! These on-line lingerie sites will sell a lot of sexy costumes, and after seeing literally thousands of girls love to shop together and can not resist showing their girlfriends and boyfriends how the costume looks on, but through time they have learned that these costumes are short and tight. This is why it is suggested that girls purchase ruffle panties or boy shorts to go under those "oh so short" costumes.
So are they running small or meant to fit snug and sexy? Regardless of who wins that argument, suffice it to say that, keep in mind how you want the garments to fit. Some women want a show off the goods fit, while others want it to fit right. These may not be the same thing as panties should fit snug, not tight. Micro mini skirts should reveal your panties when you bend over, if you dare bend over. Again, if you are not sure, call the website to make sure, because they will be glad to share their experience.