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If you have a 32" waist, what size are you?

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NickNacks Sun 17-Apr-16 07:59:44

Currently losing weight and though my pounds and inches are falling, my dress size isn't! And it's a bit depressing.

StillAwakeAndItIsLate Sun 17-Apr-16 08:28:04

Well I'm currently measuring 40-32-42 and I'm in anything from a 12 to a 16 because of ridiculous sizing in clothes!

My goal is to get to 36-28-28.

If you're losing pounds and your inches are falling, how is your dress size not changing?

StillAwakeAndItIsLate Sun 17-Apr-16 08:28:53

Obviously I meant 36-28-38...

MadSprocker Sun 17-Apr-16 09:09:44

I would say, depends on where you are shopping. I am size 12, take 10 in gap, could be any waist size in jeans in Uniqlo from 26 - 30, size 12 dresses two sizes too big in Boden, but size 12 trousers fine, can't breathe in size 30 Topshop jeans. Size 12 in most shops, but I have 32f bra size.

NickNacks Sun 17-Apr-16 10:36:55

Hmm. I started at a 38" waist, and a size 20. I've only dropped to an 18.

I've lost 36lb in total and it's going well but it's just taking ages to drop a clothes size. I feel I'll be dieting forever to get anywhere near a lovely size 12.

defineme Sun 17-Apr-16 10:49:00

I think it depends on your height and body shape. ..i have never measured my waist, but I am wearing size 32 levi jeans and I am size 14-16 depending on the shop...I am 5ft 9, pear shaped and my bmi hovers around 25/26 so slightly overweight.
I recently lost over a stone and didn't change dress size-at my height it takes about 2 stone, I just had to tighten my belts!
Take comfort in the fact you will be looking a lot better and that is a far healthier waist size which is a good indicator of long term health. Dress size is pretty meaningless--my bum is a 16, my boobs are a 12- i don't fit any dress size.
Well done-that is fantastic progress!

donadumaurier Sun 17-Apr-16 11:13:11

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NickNacks Sun 17-Apr-16 11:19:15

Wow that's really cool, thanks for that!

NickNacks Sun 17-Apr-16 11:21:11

And thank you defineme I am really pleased with my progress and determined to carry on, was just being a bit greedy and hoping for more! I'll keep working on it smile

Passthecake30 Sun 17-Apr-16 12:03:10

38-30-39 here and a 12 (mostly)

MadSprocker Sun 17-Apr-16 12:17:57

Wow, well done on the weight loss. Has your bra size changed, and have you got the correct size? That can make a huge difference to whether clothes fit well or not.

NickNacks Sun 17-Apr-16 12:35:13

I'm currently wearing a 34D which I think is right.

HildurOdegard Sun 17-Apr-16 14:29:12

I don't think a 34D can be right - that equates to an approx. 38" around-the-bust measurement, that's not a size 18!

NickNacks Sun 17-Apr-16 14:37:06

Yes I have a 38 bust measurement. The 34D came from the bra intervention thread on here and I'm pretty sure is right.

hugoagogo Sun 17-Apr-16 18:24:43

It sounds like you might be more of a 14- 16!

When I started losing weight I was wearing 18s and 20s but going by my actual measurements I was at least a 22.

Clothes sizes aren't always the best guide. Well done on your 36 pounds grin

Gwenhwyfar Sun 17-Apr-16 19:19:33

At 31.5 inches I should have been a 16, but could fit into a 10 in Next. Size inflation means a 32 inch waist will probably go into a 12 in most places, but it depends on the hip and bust size if the clothes have to fit over them too.

MorrisZapp Sun 17-Apr-16 19:23:47

I have a 32 inch waist and I'm a reliable size 14 in most shops.

MrsLettuce Sun 17-Apr-16 20:12:58

Apart from the madness of sizing, not everyone likes their clothes to fit in the same way anyway. So, in one dress I might be able to physically get into a 10, 'fit' the 12 but look (to my mind) much, much better in the 14. I'm allegedly a 12. There are people my size and shape who would choose the fit of the 10 or 12 or the 14.

Badders123 Sun 17-Apr-16 20:20:13

I'm a 14/16
I put in s stone last year - which I have always found for me means
stone = dress size

MrsLettuce Sun 17-Apr-16 20:29:50

Zara have very small sizing, the smallest on the high street AFAIK. They say you're a 16 based on the waist measurement. here. Topshop are famously teeny in their sizing too, they say you're halfway between a 14 and a 16 - can't link but you can click through on the site.

But, regardless of the fit you prefer 6 inches off the waist is absolutely, indisputably more than one dress size off.

Gwenhwyfar Sun 17-Apr-16 21:08:33

I've just read about the theory that your neck circumference is half your waist's. Not relevant to dress sizes, but sounds very interesting. I haven't measured mine yet.

NickNacks Sun 17-Apr-16 21:54:53

My neck is 14" so not quite! Maybe it means 28" waist is my natural size that I should be?!

I know a 6" loss should mean more than one dress size but it really hasn't. My hips have decreased at a similar rate (lost 7"). My bust measurement started at 42".

Maybe I'm living in some sort of parallel universe confused

MrsLettuce Sun 17-Apr-16 22:01:53

Which items are we talking about, specifically? What sort of fabric. Same or different shops?

NickNacks Sun 17-Apr-16 22:24:51

Just regular stuff, jeans (next) same style exactly I just bought a smaller size down.

I bought some T shirts (fitted) from sainsbury's and two thin sweaters, u don't want to spend a lot of money as I'm still losing weight.

Shoes have shrunk two sizes though!

Knickers, coat and cardis in a 20 all still fit fine, not too baggy or anything.

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