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Are high-street clothes sizes getting BIGGER?

(39 Posts)
morningpaper Mon 17-Sep-07 20:04:05

I am 5 foot and 9 stone.

10 years ago when I was 5 foot and 8 stone, I was a size 10.

Now I seem to be a size 8. EIGHT? I am quite FAT AROUND THE ARSE. In fact if I wear any sort of GATHERED skirt I look like a duck.

Is it just me or what?

FluffyMummy123 Mon 17-Sep-07 20:04:34

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morningpaper Mon 17-Sep-07 20:04:53

did you just dribble on my head?

Carmenere Mon 17-Sep-07 20:06:39

lol yes they are getting bigger, I'm loking forward to my size 16 becoming a 14 without having to do anythingwink

Budababe Mon 17-Sep-07 20:07:27

Hope so - cos I certainly am!!

j20baby Mon 17-Sep-07 20:26:07

yes i think they are, i used to be a 12, now, well pre-pg, i was getting in 10's and 8's, was i chuffed until bf moaned a 6 was too big for her-boo hoo!

MaxandRuby Mon 17-Sep-07 22:56:59

MP I'm 5 ft and nearly 9st as well. I used to be a size 10 at 8st (many years ago). I still can't get any 8's near me though, unless it's a smock. where do you shop?
I'm generally a 12 or sometimes a 10.

morningpaper Tue 18-Sep-07 18:01:54

I shop at high quality outlets such as Asda and Peacocks blush

morningpaper Tue 18-Sep-07 18:02:21

have just bought a Red Herring (Debenham's) dress and shirt outfit which was a size 8 and fit fine

InMyHumbleOpinion Tue 18-Sep-07 18:03:35

yes, they are.

I am apparently the same size as I was 5 years and 2 kids ago - which is funny cos my jeans from then don't go over my arse!

jellyhead Tue 18-Sep-07 18:05:16

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hertsnessex Tue 18-Sep-07 18:09:57

NOOOOOOOOOOOOoo dont say that , they r getting smaller!!!!!

Mercy Tue 18-Sep-07 19:00:09

Definitely. I have been looking at various websites recently and a size 6 hip measurement is roughly 34 inches. At this rate I will be a size 0 shock angry

(surely a 34/35" hip measurement= 12?)

And which poster recently found a dress pattern from the 70s which had smaller measurements?)

Flamesparrow Tue 18-Sep-07 19:08:04

But that means I haven't lost any weight at all hmm

And yet my clothes don't fit....

Sheherazadethegoat Tue 18-Sep-07 19:22:02

my aunt sent me her 70's laura ashly shirt waister dress size 14 which just about closes round my norks. i also have a vintage pair of trousers in size 16 that give me a muffin top. but i can wear size 10 dresses from white stuff and even a size 8 skirt from oasis (but i haven't dared try it on since i got back from holiday). so yes they are getting bigger.

morningpaper Wed 19-Sep-07 13:01:11

OK I went into Primark today where they had an AMAZING selection of belts, but NONE of them - NONE! - were small enough for me

I have a 28 inch waist

Hardly a stick insect FFS

I was imagine these tiny women in factories in Thailand pissing themselves laughing at the enormity of our clothes...

morningpaper Wed 19-Sep-07 13:02:54

OK have measured my hips

38 inches!

So why are the size 8 FITTED dresses in Peacocks BAGGY?

Seems bonkers to me

OrmIrian Wed 19-Sep-07 13:06:14

Eh? 38(ish)" hips! I have 38" hips and I' a 12.

OrmIrian Wed 19-Sep-07 13:06:39

Must pay a visit to Peacocks for anego-boost....

MegaLegs Wed 19-Sep-07 13:08:59

I am at the other end of the scale to you mp (6'2" and size 16) and I find a huge variation in size from shop to shop. Just ordered some La Redoute stuff but all too big under the arms, whereas in H&M the trews were all mighty tight in my size. Dotty P's tall range seems to assume that if you are a size 16 you have large appendages that stick out half way up your thigh and all their trousers are cut accordingly.

morningpaper Wed 19-Sep-07 13:10:19

Ormian yes try Peacocks for instant ego boost!!

I agree I should fit into 12s

lucykate Wed 19-Sep-07 13:13:26

i am 5ft 2" and just over 9 stone, most of my wardrobe is size 12, for comparison, my waist is 32", and my hips are 40"

i have a peacocks skirt on today, corduroy 'a' line size 12

OrmIrian Wed 19-Sep-07 13:15:12

But probably Peacocks don't make for tall people - I'm 5'11 so I suspect I end up with trousers ending at my shins and tops that finish just under my ribs ....grin

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 19-Sep-07 13:16:47

It's called vanity sizing - shops put smaller sizes on bigger clothes to make us feel good about shopping there.

iota Wed 19-Sep-07 13:22:06

for Mercy:

By iota on Mon 23-Apr-07 10:57:56
so I have just dug out an old pattern that I used to make a school tennis dress in the 70's and the sizes in inches are as follows:

8 = 31.5/24/33.5

10 = 32.5/25/34.5

12 = 34/26.5/36

14 = 36/28/38

16 = 38/30/40

I was a 12 in those days BTW

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