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How many lbs do you need to put on to go up a dress size?

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Musiclife Sun 20-Nov-16 22:54:39

I have been having a sort out of my clothes, and lots of my skirts and trousers don't fit me any more. I reckon I have put on about 5lbs and must have gone up a dress size. I am 5' 4". Is that about right?

OpalTree Sun 20-Nov-16 23:14:43

For me at the same height it's about a stone for each dress size.

Musiclife Sun 20-Nov-16 23:20:15

A stone? That's more than I thought based on the fact I can hardly get the trousers over my thighs.

Unless I've put on more weight than I thought confused.

BakeOffBiscuits Sun 20-Nov-16 23:29:51

Surely it depends on how tight the clothes were when they "fitted" you. So if they were quite loose on you, it would take a stone but if they were quite fitted, you'd only need to put on a few pounds for them not to fit.

BakeOffBiscuits Sun 20-Nov-16 23:33:04

The good news is you only have to lose 5lbs and they'll fit again.

PickAChew Sun 20-Nov-16 23:38:11

it depends where you are. Same height as you and have lost a stone and a quarter, this year. Have gone from 14-16 to 12-14. Bra size has changed the least - my 32GG are only a tiny bit baggy in the cup, but I suspect I'd outgrown them at my heaviest, anyhow!blush

JohnCheese Sun 20-Nov-16 23:45:08

100 years ago, iirc, in weight watchers, they used to tell us you went down a dress size for every 10lbs you lost.

JanetStWalker Sun 20-Nov-16 23:55:12

Yeah, I was going to say about 10lbs.

oldlaundbooth Mon 21-Nov-16 01:44:55

Yeah, around 10lbs sounds more like it.

5 would definitely make a difference though.

I think it depends on the size. It seems to take me much more in weight terms to go from a 16 to a 14 vs a 12 to a 10.

JustGettingStarted Mon 21-Nov-16 06:14:03

I'm about two stone heavier than when I wore a 12 and I'm now a 16 so I think for me it's about a stone.

Now a half stone down and hope to be a 14 again soon. Not sure if I'll get back to a 12 but perhaps someday.

JustGettingStarted Mon 21-Nov-16 06:14:43

I forgot to say that I'm 5'10" and I gain in my belly.

Musiclife Mon 21-Nov-16 07:12:55

Funnily enough I put on 10lbs (gradually, I didn't even notice) and have lost 5lbs but it's hard to maintain so my weight is probably fluctuating.

Tops still fit fine. I put weight on around the belly and hips and thighs.

knowler Mon 21-Nov-16 15:55:59

I think it depends entirely on the person, what shape you are, and what brands you're used to wearing. I've put on 4 stone over the past 16 years. 16 years ago, I was a size 16, sometimes a size 18 in trousers to be comfortable. Now I'm a size 18, sometimes a size 20 in trousers.

I also think though that a lot of this is to do with vanity sizing over the last 16 years - 4 stone for 1 size seems a bit ridiculous.

OllyBJolly Mon 21-Nov-16 15:58:30

I think it depends.

I've put on almost a stone since March (lost our dog and I'm making up for the lack of long walks by stuffing my face). I'm still wearing a size 10, but everything is definitely tighter. If I was to shop for clothes now I'd be buying a 12.

Tangoandcreditcards Mon 21-Nov-16 16:00:30

Really depends 10-12lbs, I'd say. BUT I can maintain wait and drop a dress size when I complete the 30 day shred!

BeautyGoesToBenidorm Mon 21-Nov-16 16:16:28

I'm 5'3", and was 11st 8lbs at the start of the year. I was in a size 14 on the bottom, and 16 on top. Now I'm 8st 13lbs and wear a size 8 comfortably. I think dress sizes vary so wildly between individual heights and builds, it's not a very reliable measure.

orzal Mon 21-Nov-16 16:18:43

I've lost 1.5 stone but haven't gone down a size. The only thing slightly smaller is my shoe size.

Bluntness100 Mon 21-Nov-16 16:22:45

I think if you can hardly get them over your thighs then the truth is you've went up by more than a dress size. That sounds like two. Sorry,,,😞

I'd say I went up a dress size if I could get the item of clothing on but it was too tight to be comfortable, i.e. Straining at the seams of muffin top scenario, then I need a bigger size. But if I can't even get them on....

I'd also think about ten pounds per dress size.

Musiclife Mon 21-Nov-16 17:55:07

I'm in denial then wink.

I haven't weighed in years but recently bought a weighing scales to work out why I'm bursting out of my clothes as I thought I never put on weight. I obviously do.

Bluntness100 Mon 21-Nov-16 18:00:26

Ah, we've all been there....

mumobsessedwithdamp Mon 21-Nov-16 18:07:56

I disagree, I am a size 10 (also 8st 13 but 5ft 10) and if put on 5lbs on I really struggle fitting clothes over my thighs. I put all my weight on my tummy/hips/thighs and none on my top and so I think it makes more of a difference.

Judydreamsofhorses Mon 21-Nov-16 18:39:01

Surely it just depends on how you carry weight? I'm 5ft 6 and at my heaviest ever weight was 11stone 8 - I was a 12/14 on top, and a 14 on the bottom. Now I'm around ten stone, and a 10 top, 10/12 bottom. I have a small waist/flat tummy but big thighs/bum - at my heaviest my arms were like ham hocks, but I still had a deceptively slim mid-section.

TurkeyTwazzock Mon 21-Nov-16 19:25:32

If I gain 5 lbs my clothes feel tight, but I'd have to gain at least a stone to go up a dress size.

neveradullmoment99 Mon 21-Nov-16 19:56:03

I reckon it is about a stone to move up a dress. 5lbs??? No way. You could put that on just with water retention or when you are due on.

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