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I tried just about every style on in Oxford today (and then ordered online :D) and they do vary. I'm a 10-12 depending on the day..usually I'd get a 12 in coats but the 10 was fine and the 12 looked too baggy on me.
The Beadnell was true to size, the Belsay also (I loved it but sadly I looked like a sack of potatoes in that one). The International ones seemed slightly snugger.
I'd be tempted to go for the 18 if in doubt I always size up if unsure!
The sizes definitely vary. I have a winter force parka in a 16 which fits me snugly when I'm a 16 but fit lovely when I was a skinnier 14. I'm now an 18 after having dd but went up to the outlet in South Shields a couple of weeks ago and came out with a thinner jacket in a 14 (also it's well worth a trip up to the outlet if anyone is close by, it's amazing!)
The girls XXL in the waxy outdoor force is pretty much the same size as the ladies 10. Only difference is the waist string is a bit higher up on the girls one so doesn't sit right on your waist IYSWIM but I never use the draw cord on jackets really so wasn't bothered for try £100 saving!