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To not go clothes shopping until I'm slim?

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Whowillsaveyoursoul Sun 28-Dec-14 19:54:30

I've been lucky enough to have some christmas money but I'm trying to lose some weight. Thanks to norovirus I've lost nearly half a stone and now weigh just under 9 stone - am 5 foot 5.

The fact I've lost some weight is kind of addictive and I think I'd like to lose another ten pounds or so before investing in any clothes. I'm normally a 10 at the moment but with vanity sizing I reckon that's size 16 in old money.

Aibu to save my money until I'm properly slim? Dh thinks I should treat myself now but I'm hoping everything will be too big in a few weeks!

mytartanscarf Sun 28-Dec-14 19:56:06

A size 10 now is NOT a size 16 in the 1980s or whatever!

You're slim now but it's up to you smile

I am shorter AND heavier than you and don't think I'm fat though so I would say that wink

RufusTheReindeer Sun 28-Dec-14 19:59:16


Think a size 10 now is an old 14 (back in the 80's)

You are not being unreasonable to hold off til you have lost weight to buy more clothes, that's what I'm hoping to do!!

Need a good illness though hmm

mytartanscarf Sun 28-Dec-14 20:02:27

Pretty sure it isn't! There might have been some vanity sizing but I can fit into all my Mum's old stuff, including a size 10 wedding dress, without any issues.

I'm 9 stone 10 and 5 foot 3.

I think it's true we're heftier these days but that's in the context of being taller and healthier generally. Hasn't the average age of girls starting their first periods gone zooming down as well?

RufusTheReindeer Sun 28-Dec-14 20:06:26


I base that only on the fact that in the 80's I was a size 10 at 5 foot 8 and 8.5 stone

I'm now 3 stone heavier and wear a size 12 jean, 12/14 top

TheEnduringMoment Sun 28-Dec-14 20:07:31

Depends on your frame and your age, but 8 stone 2 would probably be borderline underweight at your height (those were roughly my measurements when I was a slim teen, and yes, a 1980s size 10), but 9 stone is a much more natural and healthy weight for me in my 40s

Give it a few weeks to get some perspective.

cardibach Sun 28-Dec-14 20:42:54

That's about right, Rufus. When I lost a significant amount of weight it was about 2 stone for a size. You are talking 3 stone for a size and a bit. Seems right to me.

formerbabe Sun 28-Dec-14 20:43:02

No way at 5'5'' and under 9 stone are you a size 16 in old sizes!

I'm 5'3 ish and was a size 8 at 9 stone...many moons ago!

RufusTheReindeer Sun 28-Dec-14 20:51:48


God it's depressing though!!

Still healthy eating starts on the 4th, so there's that to look forward to <sob>

Storytown Sun 28-Dec-14 20:54:31

Sizes have got ridiculously bigger. I have jeans (now worn for doing the garden) that I bought when I was in 6th form in 1988. They're size 14. In Next today, I buy size 8 or 10 jeans.

I'm 5'7" and 10st, so I don't really see how 2 inches shorter and a stone lighter could make you size 16 in old money though.

With regard to your question, IME, weight lost through illness goes back on pretty quickly once you return to full health but if you really mean/need to lose weight then of course waiting to buy new clothes is a good idea.

According to my calculations though your BMI is already at 19.6 when healthy is 18.5–24.9, so really?

tobysmum77 Sun 28-Dec-14 20:56:48

Sizes have got bigger but not by that much hmm Personally I've lost a size in the past 15 years .....

RufusTheReindeer Sun 28-Dec-14 21:02:03

My size 6/8 5ft 5 daughter currently wears one of my size 10 (1990) tops

It fits like a glove

I wore that until I fell pregnant with dc1 <sobs again> He is 16 next Saturday !!!!!!

I've got a skirt with a 24 inch waist <typed while sobbing> I can get it on one thigh

And the really depressing thing is that no one remembers me as being slim...I was slim for nearly 30 years and they only remember me as being the size of an elephant

RufusTheReindeer Sun 28-Dec-14 21:03:22

I say I'm a 12 now...after this Christmas it's a bit of a squeeze

Off to look at the weight loss topic

IBrokeTheInternetB4itWasCool Sun 28-Dec-14 21:05:56

Well if you are definitely going to lose another dress size in the next few weeks, you could always go shopping now (because its's the sales) and get a few bits one size down. That way you can make sure you're losing fat/inches, rather than just losing weight in general (which could come from muscle - especially if you've not been well). But no, YANBU and good luck with your goal.

Whowillsaveyoursoul Sun 28-Dec-14 21:07:32

Rufus I briefly had a 20 inch waist when I was 16-18ish. Devastating isn't it?!

IBrokeTheInternetB4itWasCool Sun 28-Dec-14 21:08:48

The size thing - I used to be a size 10 about 15 years ago, with a 24 inch waist. I have a 24 inch waist now, but I'm a size 6! Same size, different size tag!

tobysmum77 Sun 28-Dec-14 21:10:32

I don't think you can base it on one garment Rufus. I would definitely consider myself to be a 10 on average but have lots of 8s.

RufusTheReindeer Sun 28-Dec-14 21:14:50


When dd took that top I had just got a bag down from the was one of the few tops she could get on. She does have boobs though and I never did smile

I've binned them now (except for a few reminder items that, when she rolls here eyes at me when I say be careful of what you eat as you grow up, I can show her....only joking!)

Storytown Sun 28-Dec-14 21:17:01

My mum has dress making patterns from the 1960s. The size 10s look like they're designed to fit a child!

RufusTheReindeer Sun 28-Dec-14 21:18:07


I know!!! It's obviously my fault (do have a few medical issues which have contributed to the gain but so has the shed load of food and drink!!) but why!! Why!!! Why me!!!

That's another joke by the way. I am unhappy with my weight...but not that unhappy

tobysmum77 Sun 28-Dec-14 21:21:22

I've weighed the same for years rufus. I've gone down a size is all I'm saying ....... Although at 37 I may possibly be less nubile than at 18 grin

It's funny though, at this rate by the age of 50 I'll be a size 8 hmm

RufusTheReindeer Sun 28-Dec-14 21:28:31


I think you are right, it probably is one size (plus that makes me feel so much better grin). I'm probably a comfortable size 13!! And very reluctant to kneel on the floor in my size 12 jeans as they are currently cutting off the circulation in my entire body!!

cardibach Sun 28-Dec-14 22:45:36

I don't buy many clothes and don't chuck things out very readily. I have some clothes from 20 years ago and they seem the same size to me as current ones...

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