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Are most people the same size on their top and bottom half?

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tectonicplates Fri 19-May-17 17:48:33

I seem to be confusing the fashion advisors recently by buying size 10 tops and size 14 skirts. I realise that bra sizing can somewhat skew things - I could easily fit into size 8 tops if it wasn't for my large cup size. This makes tailored dresses almost impossible to find. I've also been filling in forms for market research stuff where they ask for your size and only let you give one answer. I also notice in weight loss threads that people say things like "I went down from a size 20 to a size 12" which is presumably talking about their whole body.

Are most people really the same size above and below? Surely it's not that unusual to be pear-shaped?

MissCalamity Fri 19-May-17 18:05:40

I'm a size 14 on top & size 16 on my bottom, I could never get my arse into a size 14 actually starting to struggle with the 16 atm
With dresses I go for either size dependent on style, no body cons for me!

QuestaVecchiaCasa Fri 19-May-17 18:13:18

Another pear-shape here. 6-8 on top and a definite 10 on the bottom. I really wish clothes manufacturers would design ranges with different body shapes in mind. Very often a dress is doubly unsuitable because its been cut with a deep V shape neckline for someone with big boobs.

ImogenTubbs Fri 19-May-17 18:19:08

I say I'm a size 16 but I can fit into size 14 tops and often need an 18 to get round my massive arse. I feel your pain, OP.

WhatToDoAboutThis2017 Fri 19-May-17 18:40:57

I've always been a size 8 on both top and bottom, but I know not everyone is.

BellyBean Fri 19-May-17 18:42:46

Yep pear shape here too, 1-2 sizes bigger on bottom. The only time I wear dresses is when I'm pregnant!

JennyOnAPlate Fri 19-May-17 19:01:23

Yes me too. I'm a 20 on top and 22 on bottom.

IamChipmunk Fri 19-May-17 19:05:59

I'm also a pear! 12 on the bottom,10 on top.
I also prefer to size up for underwear and swim wear so wear a bikini in a 10 and 14!
Makes buying pyjamas and swimwear hard work as a lot come as a set not separates which is annoying.

I'm further inconvenienced by also having a small waist but a massive arse so trousers that fit my arse and thighs but don't gape at the waist are few & far between!

fanfrickintastic Fri 19-May-17 19:09:16

Yep 1-2 size difference here too. Pain in the bum.

Notfootball Fri 19-May-17 19:09:21

I'm a 12 top and bottom but I think that's rare.

MyFavouriteName Fri 19-May-17 19:11:18

I'm 14 top and bottom but can wear a 12 top sometimes. It depends on your body type mostly.

DarkFloodRises Fri 19-May-17 19:12:00

I'm the opposite way round to most of you - size 14 jeans but size 18 on top due to my massive boobs!

OublietteBravo Fri 19-May-17 19:22:05

I think I'm quite a strange shape. I wear size 8 bottoms (because smaller sizes don't fit over my hips), but they are huge round the waist. I wear size 10 tops (because my shoulders/top of my rib cage) don't fit into smaller sizes), but always end up with tons of excess material round my chest and waist.

EmmaC78 Fri 19-May-17 19:24:00

I am an 8/10 on top and a 12 on the bottom. I really wish I was a 10 all over.

Seenoevil Fri 19-May-17 19:26:00

8 on top, 10 on bottom

Bluntness100 Fri 19-May-17 19:30:21

Yes I'm the same size top and bottom and always have been,..no matter what size I am.

MrsHathaway Fri 19-May-17 19:30:38

I'm the same top and bottom at the moment but at my thinnest I'm a size bigger on top than on the bottom <norks>

There's a website that makes recommendations from high street shops based on your colouring, body shape and preferred style. I can't call it to mind at the moment but will rack my brains (and inbox)...

BrexitSucks Fri 19-May-17 19:31:16

14/16 on top & 10-12 on bottom. Bottom used to be an 8 few yrs ago. Only D cup but broad shoulders.

MrsPear Fri 19-May-17 19:59:59

Another pear here with tiny boobs and large bottom/thighs - 35, 27, 40 in measurements. I go for fit and flare dresses in usually a ten from places like Lindy bop - Padded bra on top and extra fabric for the bottom. Seems to fit ok. Can never buy those bikinis in a set has to be seperates. Same with the sets of underwear - my bra size is always matched with small knickers which would get stuck just above my knees!

Aducknotallama Fri 19-May-17 22:17:39

I am 6/8 in tops 10 in trousers/skirts. Makes buying dresses impossible.

Stoneagemum Fri 19-May-17 22:31:03

Bottom 6-8 dependant on the rise/shop
Top 10-12 dependant on cut/shop
Dresses 10 as long as they have stretch so the excess fabric makes up for the lose areas
Have to balance top and bottom as fits hips/thighs - muffin top or fits waist, flappy hips/saggy bum - fits shoulders = sack

Passthecake30 Fri 19-May-17 22:33:59

12 top and bottom here too

hiccupgirl Fri 19-May-17 22:35:53

14-16 top and 18 bottom. Def pear shaped here too.

My top and bottom were closer in size when I was larger but when I lost some weight, most came off the top.

cakesonatrain Fri 19-May-17 22:37:11

Pre-kids I was about the same top and bottom, but slightly (not a whole size) bigger bottom.
I've finally (Ds is nearly 6) lost enough weight to fit into my lovely pre-baby shirts, but my arse and thighs decidedly do not fit into trousers of the same era.
I'm easily a size 14 on top, but annoyingly between a 14 and 16 on the bottom. My nice 14 trousers don't fit, but my more recently purchased size 16 trousers are too big round the waist!

Anyone recommend trousers that fit a smaller size waist than hips??

NennyNooNoo Fri 19-May-17 22:52:46

I usually wear a size bigger in tops than bottoms. The DCs all do too so it must be something genetic.

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