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To think that vanity sizing is getting a bit ridiculous

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BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 20-Feb-14 12:16:28

I am in the process of losing weight (coming up to 40kg loss, about 5/6 to go).

So I have obviously had to buy new clothes.

The size 10's are now hanging off me.

I have never, ever been a size 8. Size 8 to me is quite tiny. I was slimmer than I am now 10 years ago and was a size 12, barely fitting into a 10.

Even though I am relatively slim now I am still wobbly in places and have a muffin top. I didn't 10 years ago. So it would stand to reason that I should be a 12 now confused

Oh and this is NOT meant to be a stealth boast of any kind. I just think that sizing in clothes now is erm...a little skewed?

Maybe I have a skewed perception of myself? But I have pictures of me 10 years ago (during an ed I should add) and I was definitely slimmer then than I am now.

OrangeMochaFrappucino Thu 20-Feb-14 12:20:00

Are you shopping in different places now to ten years ago? I find sizes vary dramatically shop to shop!

Fairylea Thu 20-Feb-14 12:21:57

No the sizes are fine... I'm a size 12 <cough cough I suspect a size 16 in reality but not complaining.....> ! smile

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 20-Feb-14 12:22:43

I am in a different country now.

But even the size 12 jacket I bought online from TopShop just last year is now too big on the arms.

And the size 12 dresses I bought from DP online at the same timeare now a tad unwearable.

akachan Thu 20-Feb-14 12:23:26

Sizes have always varied hugely shop to shop (or they have in the 20 years I've been buying clothes). I don't think it's anything to worry about to be honest.

Well done on your weightloss!

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 20-Feb-14 12:23:52

Haha. I know I shouldn't really complain. But it's a bit weird and ridiculous really.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 20-Feb-14 12:24:29

Shops vary.

I disagree about vanity sizing to a certain extent,I had a big clear out recently and discovered some old marks and Spencers t shirts, their 16 is huge compared to today's size 16.

Anyway, does it matter? Clothes have always been different sizes according to the shop. As long as it fits and looks good, who cares? <shrug>

fragola Thu 20-Feb-14 12:25:14

YANBU. Measurements for clothes are a lot bigger than they used to be and clothes now are a lot bigger than their measurements imply!

RegainingUnconsciousness Thu 20-Feb-14 12:26:12

I don't do a lot of clothes-buying, but it's the inconsistencies that bother me. Not just between shops (though that does need sorting out) but between styles within shops.

Trying on trousers in next? I need to pick up every different style in a 6, 8 and 10 in regular and long length. One 10 reg will fit well, but another style has to be an 8 long. It's infuriating. And the assistant goes "how many items?" And you look and go, "er, 9?" Ridiculous.

RegainingUnconsciousness Thu 20-Feb-14 12:27:46

I want to be able to think: I'm a size X (whatever) therefore I shall pick up a size X and instead of trying twelve versions on I'll take this one home and it will fit. Job done. But no...

runningonwillpower Thu 20-Feb-14 12:28:28

Where are you shopping?

I have not experienced this vanity size thing.

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 20-Feb-14 12:29:53

I guess Dame

I suppose I am still a bit fixated on clothes sizes.

Never, ever did I think I would ever have to buy a size 8. I just don't think I have the build for it. 10/12 sure. But 8?

I recently bought some clothes online, and even though I measured myself beforehand to make sure I got the 'correct' size, there is definitely room in them.

sooperdooper Thu 20-Feb-14 12:31:41

Shops vary massively, it drives me mad, even in the same shop you can't always guarantee the sizes will be consistent

I've never noticed 'vanity sizing' tbh, and I've been the same size for about 10 years

Imwoodword Thu 20-Feb-14 12:31:48

YANBU. I had to return jeans to ASOS that were a size 4 as they were hanging off me. Ridiculous.

thanks for your weight loss, well done!

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 20-Feb-14 12:32:07

running The shorts I was referring to was bought from BigW here in Australia.

Most of my clothes are bought online from alternative stores (so UK and USA sizing)

KatoPotato Thu 20-Feb-14 12:34:15

Yanbu to think this. I totally agree. There's a fb selling page for dresses and lots of girls post pubs of themselves wearing these dresses with caption 'size 6-8' when they look like they're smuggling porridge inside said dress.

Yabu to mention it because now lots of 'size 16's' may feel a little bit shit.

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 20-Feb-14 12:36:14

The point being is that I know that I am bigger than I was 10 years ago (flat stomach, slim arms, no wobbly bits, pre-kids) and I remember being a size 12 then.

How on earth can I be potentially 2 sizes smaller now? The mind boggles.

Even the shorts I wore back then (size 32in, baggy) fit me. I had some new ones in that size stashed away for when I lost weight. Tried them on and they promptly fell down.

Mia4 Thu 20-Feb-14 12:37:03

Shops vary, next is the worse. Im a size 8 there when really im a 12. Primark is all over the place and so can Jane Norman be. It's frustrating especially if you.order online.

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 20-Feb-14 12:37:25

Kato That sincerely wasn't my intention. I apologise if I have made anyone feel shit.

Helltotheno Thu 20-Feb-14 12:38:21

I agree OP. I used to buy size 10 or 12 Next jeans .. usually the 10 was so skin tight that I had to lay out on the bed to even close them still bought em tho! because the 12 was a little loose around the waist but perfect elsewhere. Now, having a small amount of extra poundage, I know I wouldn't fit those 10s without damaging internal organs, yet when I try a 10 on in Next, it's basically a bit odd shape is probably a better word.

Not all shops do vanity sizing though...

Mia4 Thu 20-Feb-14 12:39:08

Theres no harmonization in size which would be better, same with lengths. There next is good because it has petites and accurate lengths but other stores short lookso long on me and some stores longs fit great!

KatoPotato Thu 20-Feb-14 12:39:24

Don't worry OP!

'Promptly fell down' made me laugh!

RegainingUnconsciousness Thu 20-Feb-14 12:40:12


Artandco Thu 20-Feb-14 12:40:28

I have been the same body size for all adult life. Same height/ weight/ build ( bar pregnancy). I used to always gt a size 8 or small. Now small is actually 10-12 in most stores ( even says on label under 's', and half the time I have to try on xs or size 6 or leve store if they go no smaller.

How is this? If anything my shape might be slightly larger after two children, but always been 8stone give or take a pound or two.

My 4 year old is wearing 4 year old jeans, a 6 year old jumper and a 2 year old Tshirt! How does that work??

RegainingUnconsciousness Thu 20-Feb-14 12:41:02

hmm face was for Kato after I drafted and deleted several replies

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