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Stupid high street sizing again

(10 Posts)
Beaverfeaver Thu 20-Mar-14 18:20:44

Gone are the days when I can order online in my size and it arrive and fits.

So today I went to the shops to buy a new trench/mac.

I was in gap.

Tried on two of their trench coats (currently 40%off of £59), the medium swamped me. Was huge. The small was still a bit big.

I am a size 12 on top 14 below with 30-31' waist.

So I then carry on looking at other things as they have some good discounts at the moment and spot a pair of shorts.

I pick up a 14 and could hardly do them up.
Well actually, I couldn't get them done up.

So if a 14 doesn't fit there, what on earth would a person smaller than me do if they wanted a trench, they would be huge!

I am a big gutted as the trench was a bargain (although not at all suiting me, it was also far too long)

I then went to superdry, which I never do and found an amazing trench, with a good, with gorgeous lining and excellent quality and detailing which fitted perfectly.

Not only that the sales man was exceptionally helpful and quick to get me multiple different sizes and colours to try on and then told me honestly what he thought and which one fitted the best,

I love it. But it was much more money than I really should have spent.

It was a nessecary though and will last a long time (so long as I don't put on lots of weight).

And finally I have disposed of my old ugly, shiny, ill fitting trench from new look.

TacitusMouse Thu 20-Mar-14 21:16:28

As in a 14 shorts were too big so you couldn't do them up?

Gap is awful, I asked and they said it's because they catered to an American market. I'm off the bottom of the scale there in terms of trousers and can only get tops from there.

Vanity size is annoying I am at the top end of BMI and smallest sizes are often too big! I went into Mango the other day (a shop I generally think of being quite small) and I tried on a S skirt and it was gaping all around the waist. I don't know how skinny people find clothes!

Financeprincess Thu 20-Mar-14 21:32:00

Gap are very irritating. Their sizes aren't even reliable in the same garment; you can pick up two pairs of trousers off the rail in an identical style and size, but if you try them on they are completely different. Sometimes the fabric is different too, despite the style being identical!

Beaverfeaver Thu 20-Mar-14 21:37:23

The shorts were far too small.

I have some size 12's I can fit in (thanks to vanity sizing) so not being about to do up a 14 from gap was surprising

thepurplepenguin Thu 20-Mar-14 21:39:04

I can't get Gap clothes to fit in store as they don't stock the xxs. Tis rubbish.

Plus I went to M&S today to see if I could find some plain cotton jumpers. Everything was MASSIVE.

And it's not like I'm genuinely tiny. I'm an 8, in old money I might even have been a 10. I now have to shop in places like Jack Wills and Superdry where they don't do vanity sizing. It is REALLY annoying.

thepurplepenguin Thu 20-Mar-14 21:40:53

Also Next sizing is stupid.

pinkflaming0 Fri 21-Mar-14 22:40:39

Yeah it's bonkers isn't it? I measure a size 8 in most places (used to be a size 10 or 12 years ago even though I measure the same) but I still need a size 6 in Gap or M&S and sometimes in Next.

I'm 5'10" and M&S size 6 skirts only come in short lengths so often too short.

At least Gap do size 8 and 6 in Tall length. Until they started doing that my search for pair of trousers long enough and small enough was driving me spare!

What do women who are truly a size 6 or 4 do???

Roseandmabelshouse Fri 21-Mar-14 22:45:13

It's vanity sizing gone mad!

Piscivorus Fri 21-Mar-14 22:50:28

I am a large lady and last week bought a lightweight coat from one company, size 18 then saw in TKMaxx a lovely tailored jacket from a rather smart classic make and could only just get into the largest size which was a 24! The truth is somewhere inbetween grin but 3 sizes difference??!

secretspy Fri 21-Mar-14 22:51:53

I shopped in Next this week for the first time in years.
I'm short and plump.
I came home with size ten jeans. Very nice and everything but I haven't been a size ten for 20 years and never will be againhmm

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