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What size is a proper size ten in your opinion?

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IdiotsGuidetoMotherhood Wed 17-Sep-08 15:18:07

I've been watching my weight a bit, and I can fit in to wallis,next,monsoon,fcuk size tens, but not a top shop sizze ten., or anything remotely designery or high-end. So am I size ten or not?!!

Waht do you all think?

maidamess Wed 17-Sep-08 15:19:40

I think top shop are small. Thats what I tell myself as i squeeze into a pair of their size 16's blush

LaDiDaDi Wed 17-Sep-08 15:21:38

I think that Next are quite large tbh.

I like Warehouse and Topshop because I know that I'm a size in those shops whereas in other shops the proportions never seem right.

Does it matter that much to you?

NotBigNotClever Wed 17-Sep-08 15:23:46

All the sizes are way, way bigger than they were 20 years ago. Am a bit old and have today's size 10s and 1980's size 14s to prove it. I don't think there is any such thing as a standard size anything anymore.

TheNaughtiestGirlKeepsaSecret Wed 17-Sep-08 15:25:04

So when can you truly know that you're size ten!? Is it Top Shop?? Yikes.

AbricotsSecs Wed 17-Sep-08 15:25:14

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beanstalk Wed 17-Sep-08 15:25:45

I think the sizes vary depending on a particular shop's target customer's age - so 'younger' shops like TopShop or Warehouse will have slightly smaller sizes than say M&S. So there's no such thing as a proper size 10, its all relative.

zippitippitoes Wed 17-Sep-08 15:25:52

it doesnt really matter does it

i am either a ten or twelve

but i try clothes on

cupsoftea Wed 17-Sep-08 15:26:31

The measurements should be on the clothes rather than size 10 or whatever.

NotBigNotClever Wed 17-Sep-08 15:26:56

M&S do "deluded old lady sizing".

MascaraOHara Wed 17-Sep-08 15:28:13


gap, monsoon, hobbs: on the big side

kookai, warehouse, wallis, karen millen, coast, pronciples: average sizes

top shop, selfridge, morgan: small sizes

I never take much notice of size anymore.. I have everything from 10-16 in my wrdrobe. On average I wear a 12 (on a good month a 10)

LaMer Wed 17-Sep-08 15:28:59

Oh I just wish they were all the same.

Topshop size 16 jumpers, t shirts etc fit me perfectly - trousers no way but I have lots of baby weight about my middle blush

yet am nervous of ordering a coat from there in case it is too tight

tried on a jacket in H&M in a 16 and it was FAR too tight

bloody farking shops

zippitippitoes Wed 17-Sep-08 15:29:18

i think river island quite big too

cupsoftea Wed 17-Sep-08 15:29:27

but if you could see the waist & hip size it would save trying on lots

zippitippitoes Wed 17-Sep-08 15:30:04

but it is the cut and style quite often

flowerybeanbag Wed 17-Sep-08 15:30:12

Doesn't matter as long as the item fits you properly. I am a ten in some shops/styles and a twelve in others. Quite often I am an eleven.

I am wearing a pair of White Stuff trousers that I bought in a size twelve but feel as though they are falling down. But because of my shape I think a ten might be snug in some places. I will be moving the buttons on this pair!

FioFio Wed 17-Sep-08 15:32:04

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PinkTulips Wed 17-Sep-08 15:34:53

all i know is that when i was a willowy 15 year old i was a size 10/12 and that was considered a small size.

now i've had 2 babies and am in the process of producing another, and am probably the dictionary definition pposite of willowy, size 10 is falling off me and is also listed as 'medium' on labels hmm

think sizing is becoming very americanised over here.

LaMer Wed 17-Sep-08 15:38:03

Oh yes I hate it when a 14 is labelled as large (Kew - I'm looking at you angry)

XS/S/M/L/XL is as stupid as 6/8/10/12/14 anyway angry farking shops

LaMer Wed 17-Sep-08 15:39:22

Oh and Primark - not shopped in there since before I got pregnant but nonetheless


angry what about people who are 12-14????? the 10-12 is snug and the 14-16 loose! angry


aly16 Wed 17-Sep-08 15:41:59

I am a 10 but Next size 10 are massive on me whereas size 10 in Bay Trading or New Look don't get past my bum and I have to get a 12! But Pilot and FCUK and Monsoon are all a size 10 fit for me.

FluffyMummy123 Wed 17-Sep-08 15:42:41

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zippitippitoes Wed 17-Sep-08 15:43:23

i reckon new look are proper size tens lol

PuppyMonkey Wed 17-Sep-08 15:49:39

If I can fit into it, it's a proper size ten. if i can't... It's the companies all getting the sizes wrong and everything.

Can usually do New look, Riv Island etc. Struggle in Top Shop blush

Moneyspider Wed 17-Sep-08 20:07:26

Ha! Was just leafing through complimentary magazine in hotel (Elle) and in one article it says:

"A size 10 Topshop woman has a 34.2-inch bust, 27.2-inch waist and 36-inch hips (increasing by 1.6 inches for a size 12). She's petite compared to New Look's average- bust 35.4-inch, waist 28.3 inch and hips 37-inch."

Not sure what that proves, but an odd coincidence from my perspective!

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