Dress size vs weight?

(385 Posts)
Beth24 Sun 24-Apr-11 09:24:07

A.I.B.U. To not understand this? - lots of people talk in terms of being a size 16 and that being overweight and others as size 16 as being a healthy weight. Some seem to say that they are maybe 15 stone and a size 16 - I don't understand the parity between weight and dress size that some people have? Do they chose the smallest size they can fit into? Do they declare their dress size as being the largest item they need to buy? Could u please tell me how you judge it - for example - I am 5'4" - 11 stone - I am pear shaped (big bum but smaller waist) skirts I buy size 14 sometimes a 16, tops size 14 (hate anything tight only arms) but trousers always have to be a 16 (sometimes an 18) so they are not tight on my bum and then usually with a belt to stop the waist gaping. I therefore declare myself to be 11 stone and a size 16. - is that right? By BMI I am overweight so from that point not healthy but only a bit (!) so am going to be personal and ask what is your height and weight and what dress size would you declare yourself to be?

awaywego1 Wed 05-Jun-13 21:50:27

I'm 5.2

awaywego1 Wed 05-Jun-13 21:48:25

Between a 10 and a 12.

gaggiagirl Wed 05-Jun-13 17:46:24

9st 5lbs
Size 10 bottom size 12 top (norks!)

Yearofme Wed 05-Jun-13 17:42:37

9st 8 pounds
Size 8 or a small 10, some 10's swap me though.

People always make a shock face say I'm really heavy for my height and clothes size when i tell them what i weigh. I have no muscles so don't understand why I'm so heavy but wear a size 8? My boobs are 32D and still fit into size 8 tops, Im small boned as well! small shoulders and hips etc. I don't understand sad someone explain it to me please!

Somethingtothinkabout Wed 05-Jun-13 17:38:38

height: 5ft 4
weight: 8st 4
size: 8 (occasionally 10 now but not often enough for me to officially declare myself so. And I plan to run more.)

HoneyandRum Wed 05-Jun-13 17:31:27

I am 5ft 5
142 pounds (10 stone 2)
I don't live in the UK but am a 38 in Germany which says 12 in UK. At the moment I am 12 top and bottom.
I am a D cup which can be a pain getting things to fit right. I am gradually losing weight in fits and starts as I can be bothered to focus on it. A year and a half ago I was 22 pounds heavier.
3 years ago I wore a 42 which is two sizes bigger so 16? I am slowly hacking off the weight from my third pregnancy (almost 7 years ago! grin).

scissors36 Wed 05-Jun-13 16:36:02

5ft 5ins and 12st 8lbs, in a 14/16 bottom and 12/14 top, feel really down as I exersise everyday but it doesn't seem to go!, mainly my arms & tummy. Tried diets & diet pills, anyone else the same? I was only 8st 6lbs 3 years ago & I don't eat any differently to then!

Anskabel Thu 22-Nov-12 21:51:08

I should add that I found this thread because I typed in the search box something along the lines of: why am I always a larger dress size than other people my weight?

Ok, I'm big at the bust, have fairly wide hips (and a fairly large waist to match if I don't keep an eye on it) but what I can't comprehend was that even when I was at my largest - and I wasn't THAT large, BMI of 28 at the very most - I see women on TV programmes saying they're clinically obese to the extent they need stomach surgery who say that at my height they're a size 16??! Are they lying or is there another explanation?

Anskabel Thu 22-Nov-12 21:44:48

5ft 5. Have been everything between 7st 12 - size 8 and 13st - size 16 over the past decade.

rubyrubyruby Wed 27-Jun-12 11:41:46

Also Jennysf - persevere with the longer runs. Look at the physique of distance runners compared to sprinters.

rubyrubyruby Wed 27-Jun-12 11:38:55

5ft 5"
9st 10ish
10 - sometimes 12 top if not stretchy.

Jennysf - you are a very small size for your weight/height. You are weighing more because you are toning up probably and increasing muscle. Distance running is great for losing weight but can make you very hungry! I would advise working on your upper body with weights/press-ups etc. By increasing the size of your upper body your proportions will improve. Forget about weight.

jennysf Wed 27-Jun-12 11:37:25

hello. I need HELP. I WEIGH 10 STONE 1 pound and I am 5 foot 4. I am a SIZE 6 on top and a size 8 to ten on bottom. I have no boobs at all and I am muscle all over, legs, stomach and even my bottom. However on top I am so skinny and on bottom my legs feel so heavy all the time. I just run for 1 or 2 hours a 4 to 5 times a week because I enjoy it. I thought my legs would start getting smaller, they look like they are starting to tone up but I still think they look very bulky in comparison to my body because even though I am a size 8 MY LEGS ARE MOST DEFINITELY NOT SKINNY.. HELP I feel so heavy and out of proportion?

jennysf Wed 27-Jun-12 11:30:53

I need HELP. I am 5 foot 4. I weigh 10 stone 1 and I am a size six on top and a comfortable 8 on bottom sometimes a 10 depending and a six to an eight in a dress. I have no boobs. My stomach and legs are really muscly. I have started running 1 to 2 hours a day, and I KEEP GETTING HEAVIER IS THIS NORMAL? or is my weight ridiculous for my size. I really feel like I have bigs legs in comparison to my body as they feel really heavy all the time.. help... will they start to get smaller or just continue getting heavier?

Fluffy1234 Mon 18-Jun-12 15:31:10

5 feet 1 and a half inch.
Last year 13 and a half stone -size 16 to 18
This year 9 stone -size 10.

alexandraeve Thu 14-Jun-12 11:18:46

Hello, I was really shocked when i saw you weight and dress size.
I weighted 13 stone 10 lb and was no more than a 14 am also 5" 2, i have lost 9 lb in the last 3 weeks and now weigh 13 stone 1lb, and am a 12-14 at max

Bumblequeen Mon 27-Feb-12 12:15:24

5 ft 6.5
Size 12 in all clothes and outerwear
11st 10lb.

I think it is due to the way we are built. I have an athletic build, long limbs. I tend to appear taller and slimmer than I am. I have a small waist and a boyish figure (no hips!).

KatMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 27-Feb-12 11:22:31

Hi, we've moved this into Big/Slim/Whatever Weight Loss Club.

Jajas Mon 27-Feb-12 09:45:08

This is old you nutters!!

MrsBeakman Mon 27-Feb-12 09:37:25

For me 9 stone = size 12
10 stone = size 14
11 stone = size 16
12 stone = size 18
I am 5 ft 4

SwimmingThroughSickLullabies Mon 27-Feb-12 09:35:39

Ok I'm 13 Stone generally I'd still say I'm an hour glass because my waist is small. I'm a size 16-18 top and a size 16 bottom. My lower stomach is flabby and have huge boobs. I am definately overweigh and I'd say my dress size reflects that! Xx

slalomsuki Mon 27-Feb-12 09:27:44

BMI works for the average person but not somebody who has done a lot of exercise or sport either currently or in the past. For example Sir Steve Redgrave when he won his fifth gold medal was in the morbidly obese category accordingly to BMI calculations.

In my case I am overweight by at least 3 stone, am 5 foot 5 and still can get in to a size 16 because it's muscle in the main.

MrsHavisham Mon 27-Feb-12 09:21:34

6 foot, 10 stone 12 pounds. Size 12, sometimes 14. But size 10 in Next tall range. Shop sizing is not a reliable measure of actual size. I go by Bmi,mine is about 21/22.
I think how you look also depends on height, build, grooming, etc. Those so called "plus size" models, who are in reality never bigger than a 16/18 always look very slim to me.

ShowOfHands Mon 27-Feb-12 09:17:06

I posted on this the first time round...

IwoulddoPachacuti Mon 27-Feb-12 09:16:19

I'm 5'10 and size 14 on the top (big boobs) and a 12 on the bottom. I hover around the 12 stone Mark but ideally I'd like to lose another half stone and tone up the wobbly bits

Trills Mon 27-Feb-12 09:15:38

Hello old thread.

I see I have already posted wisely.

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