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dress sizes are bigger than they were...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by cosmos, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. I remembered that I had a bag of old clothes in the loft that I hadn't been able to get into, so I retrieved them this morning and guess what......in spite of losing weight I still can't get into them. Some of them purport to be the size I am wearing now and still I can't do them up. They are mostly M&S so obviously sizes were smaller 15 years ago than they are now. I feel cheated.
    More starvation ahead........[​IMG]
  2. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    It's true! When I wore a size 12 (many years ago!) I had a 26 inch waist. If I had a size 26 waist now, I would be wearing a size 10. That's why I think the hysteria regarding size zero is a load of rubbish. A size zero (or British size 4) is now what a size 8 used to be when I was growing up.

  3. Be quiet will you! I am back in 10s for the first time since 2009!!
    Actually though I think it depends as much on the type of clothes as on the shop or whatever, I just tried on a pinafore dress in a 10 and I still can't zip it up fully. It's just got no stretch in it. I have a couple of size 8 jumpers though.
  4. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    Obviously I mean a 26 inch waist [​IMG]
  5. It really isn't LL - have you seen the size 4s? You'd need to be shaped like a pencil! I was a size 8 in the mid/late 1990s (ahhh bliss!) and I was NOT a pencil!
  6. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    I never go in shops where size 4s are sold to be honest. All I know is that I now wear a size 18, which in old money is about a size 22 [​IMG]
  7. I suppose they're fair enough for skinny teenagers who are too old for kids' clothes but haven't yet got the curves of puberty but if you look at say a pair of size 4 jeans in Miss Selfridge I honestly don't see how a healthy adult could fit into them - you'd have to be really quite worryingly thin. I do think it's more down to the material and how much 'stretch' there is in it than anything else. And again winter coats often have a bit more 'give' in them than as it's assumed you'd wear them over thick cardis/jumpers. Clothes sizes are always a bit all over the place though. I know with shoes I am always a size 5, size 4 are too snug size 6 that bit too big but 5 is perfect. Wish I could say the same for clothes! I have everything from size 8 to size 16 in my wardrobe - and I wear them all, too!
  8. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    It's funny though because I have several pairs of size 12 jeans bought at least 4 years ago in Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, Warehouse and various others, and they fit me perfectly, whereas I'd struggle to get a Topshop 12 past my kneecaps these days. So for me, it's worked the other way around: the 12 from ages ago fits, the new 12 doesn't.

    I must be the exception to the rule.

    I did read an article though that said shops were making sizes bigger so that customers felt more positive leading to better sales. Sensible really, from a business point of view, since if I tried on a 12 these days and it fit, I'd buy one in every colour out of sheer joy.
  9. I've been out frock-shopping this morning and was pleasantly amazed to find that Hobbs and Coast size 10s were certainly achievable with a lycra gutcrusher underneath, so they've definitely increased their sizing.
    M&S did change their sizes deliberately as part of a vanity policy but they seem to have changed them back. According to their website, 36-29-39 is now dress size 12.
    I used to work in M&S in the 70s and I clearly remember 34-24-36 being a size 12 dress. Size 10 was 32" bust and 22" waist. I was a size 8 as a teenager and bought Levi jeans in men's size 26" waist (they didn't do women's jeans back) so not even any consistency back then!
  10. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    Which shops sell size 4?
    I ask because my 11 year old daughter is at that stage where children's clothes are a) too babyish and b) don't fit the shape of her body. She is buying a size 6 in Primark, but it is just a bit too big, so size 4 would be perfect if the style was young enough!
  11. Miss Selfridge and Topshop both do. New Look and Riv er Island both do a '***' range as well - and H & M, I think [​IMG]
  12. *stunned* - that asterixed word is p r e t e e n [​IMG]
  13. How odd! This is from Urban Dictionary:
    "A noun, who's meaning is that of a child who has yet to hit puberty.
    Many pornographic websites have p r e t e e n in their titles to attract
    attention from underage **** watchers, (come on some guys are like 15
    they want to see girls their age or vice versa)."

    Perhaps they're trying to keep perves away from browsing TES!

  14. It's a bit out there though. I wonder who's in charge of the banned words... and how would they know 'p r e t e e n' has **** connotations..? Hm.
  15. They lost THAT battle a while ago! [​IMG]
  16. ASDA habe size size 4. Some really nice trendy stuff too.
  17. I think shoe sizes are changing too. I tried on some sandals in M&S size 8 as per usual but every single pair was too big- too long and too wide! I do not believe that a winter encased in boots has made my feet shrink. I ended up in a size 7 at Clarks too so what is going on?
  18. Size 12 always used to be taken as Standard Woman, size W (anyone else remember S, W, WX, WO, WOX?). If the Standard Woman has now grown a bit thanks to better (and more) food, additional booze, the pill , HRT and driving everywhere, size 12 has had to change with her!
  19. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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