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sigh. I've lost nearly two stone recently, so had a quick look in Primark today as lots of my size 20 stuff is now too big and I'm wearing size 18 stuff bought agesagowhenIwaslastasize18 from M&S and Debs.
I fancied a couple of new bits and bobs but don't want to spend too much as I'm aiming to be a size 16 soon-ish. Tried on a pair of jeans and a top and neither came anywhere near me . I've got at least 2 more stone to lose so am keeping going, but are Primark generally less generous than other shops?
I think so. A lot of cheaper clothing tends to skimp on size a bit and can be slightly more prone to shrinking too. If I get DD t-shirts from supermarkets I usually go for a bigger size to allow for that.
I've lost weight this year a fair bit as well, but can only buy stretchy tops or leggings in primark oh and pants! The dress im wearing today is a boden 14, now i know that means a 16/18 elsewhere but a primark 18 fitted style dress is too small. a topshop 16 fits me as well so i would expect an 18 in primark to fit.
If you need some cheap stuff to tide you over while you are too small for your old clothes but still bigger than you intend to be then just buy the primark stuff and ignore the labels. It doesn't matter what number it says inside, it's still smaller than your old clothes.
I think Matalan stuff runs reasonably true to size - I don't need to size up in there. Might be worth a look if there's one near you. I've got some nice cardis and leggings from there that have washed and worn well, also a dress that gets lots of compliments.
I don't find M&S huge at all - just normal. I buy a 14 in M&S, a 14 in Matalan and a 12 in Next - are M&S sizes really considered big? They don't seem that big to me, but all I buy in there is cheap tailored work dresses that go in the washing machine. Nothing else.
but normal to what emsyj? Designers dictate all clothes including sizes. So surely they have sizes right?! I agree with Trills. People like to think they are a certain number but I would say Topshop are 'true to size' as they are more like designer sizes.
meltedchocolate I think I understand your post about vanity sizing, and you're basically agreeing with me.
Vanity sizing means shops take a size 12 and label it a 10 so you feel good. Places like Top Shop, whose clientele are predominately teenagers don't need to do that because their customers are already on the skinny side. Their sizes are therefore probably truer.
I remember in the olden days a size 10 or 12 was aspirational. Now it's a 6 or 8 and yet the nation is supposedly fatter.
Oh sorry MCDNS I didn't read your post properly. I just see the phrase 'vanity sizing' used the wrong way round on here all the time. As in Topshop make sizes smaller because they want us to think we are bigger than we should be. Seen it so often used like that. Anyways...
By 'true to size' I mean I can go in most shops and fit into that size. If I go into a shop (like Next) and don't fit my usual size, I say they're generous (as Next is IMO, and Planet even more so - can get in a 10 in there which is ridiculous).
I don't find TopShop any smaller than anywhere else. I can fit a Top Shop 14, I just don't buy much in there as I am intimidated by it and all the young girls who fill it! Their sizes are therefore (to me) 'true to size'.
Never shopped in H&M - my local one is like a jumble sale and it gives me a headache.