A Little Rant | What Size Am I Really?!

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Hi Ladies! So, as the title states, this post is going to be a bit of a rant. a bit spontaneous and a little collection of my thoughts all spilled out into one little blog post. Now I realise my blog mainly contains reviews, outfits, favourites and so on but from time to time I like to throw in something a bit more personal to mix things up and keep the readers of my blog 'entertained' so to speak. Now I'm not going to have a full blown 'rant' as such, don't worry, my blog isn't a place for negativity but what I am going to do is share my opinion on clothing and the little number that comes with them. Yes that's right, pesky clothing sizes. 

Okay so imagine the scene. You walk into a shop and spot the most perfect pair of jeans, you pick up your 'size' and wander off to the fitting room only to discover they are either giving you an overflowing muffin top or are so loose you could fit two of you in there. In this situation, what do you do? If they are too small do you immediately think you've gained weight and put them back? Or if they are too big do you buy the size down and leave the shop feeling wonderful? I know for a fact, most of you reading this and most women can relate to this situation and these feelings when out shopping and buying clothes.The reason I've decided to write this post is because on a few occasions over the past few weeks, I've left a number of hight street shops feeling completely down about myself and my appearance thanks to their clothes becoming increasingly smaller. Just for reference, I'm a size 8 up top and a size 10 on the bottom. I've been this size for as long as I can remember and have always been lucky in the fact that my weight doesn't fluctuate. So, my question is, why do some size 10 jeans not even pull up over my knees? I mean I've not gained any weight what so ever (trust me, I've weighed myself at the gym), all of my current size 10 jeans fit so why is it when I go shopping, I am left feeling like I've gained a couple of stone overnight? My answer to this ladies is clothing shops and their ridiculous variations in sizing.

I can almost garuntee if I went into every shop on the high street and tried on the same size pair of jeans in each, I would come away with a whole host of sizes, none of which truly reflect my figure or my shape. Now I realise 'size doesn't matter' which I agree, it doesn't, but who wants to go out shopping only to be faced with a sense of dread that we might of been eating one too many chocolates and have crept up a dress size? Okay it's great when we try our usual size on only to find its too big but again, is that a true representation of our ACTUAL size or is that just a brands ploy to make us feel good about ourselves and therefore buy more from their shop? This is what I would like to know so if any of you work in retail or the fashion industry and can share some light on why there seems to be no set sizes across the high street, please enlighten me.

In my opinion, there needs to be some kind of 'standard' set in place, generic measurements for each size so we all know what size we are and avoid being frustrated while out shopping. There has been numerous occasions when I've tried something on that I would really like to buy only to be disappointed by an ill-fitting piece of clothing staring back at me in the mirror. Even better, why can't shops make 'in- between' sizes so there is always something to fit every shape and size? I really hate that we are judged by the 'number' on our jeans. Who cares if someone is a size 4 or a size 24, everyone is different and everyone should be able to walk into a shop, pick up an item of clothing and try it on with ease.

I realise I'm completely rambling but this is what happens when I feel the need to write about something suddenly 8). Basically what I'm trying to say is, I wish clothing was true to size. I mean let's face it, the likes of Topshop clearly only design their jeans for supermodel type girls with absolutely no hips or bum and the rest of us are left feeling 'meh' because we can't even fit one leg into our normal size. What makes it even worse is that sometimes even the same size can vary. I once bought some size 10 Topshop jeans that fit me perfectly and were exceptionally comfy so I decided to order another pair in a different colour. However, when the second pair arrived they were not only slightly tight but ridiculous small to the point I couldn't even get them past my ankles. I mean, come on, how does that make sense when the other pair fit me perfectly? Don't get me wrong, I adore Topshop and buy a lot from them but when it comes to jeans I just know they are a no-go. I actually found a very interesting article on The Guardian's website a while ago that shows a chart of various high street shops and the measurements of their clothing sizes. The difference in measurements from shop to shop really shocked me and prooved that its not my body changing, the shops just can't make their minds up about which size is which. You can have a read of that article here if you're interested.

So that's just a bit of food for thought their ladies on the trials ad tribulations of finding the right size. Its one of those things that really annoys me and I constantly find myself thinking 'I wonder what my true dress size is'. I bet most of you reading this post have experienced this at some point too and if you haven't, your one of the lucky ones. In my opinion - I would love to walk into a shop, know my size, try it on and buy it stress free. The hassle that comes with trying on ten different pairs of jeans until I find the perfect fit certainly ruins a shopping experience for me and isn't shopping meant to be a fun and enjoyable way to spend time with our family and friends or a day off work? 

Do you find clothing sizes vary from shop to shop? Does it annoy you or do you not mind buying a different size as long as the item looks good?

I'd love to know your thoughts on this!

Lots of Love,

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  1. I find sizes sometimes vary in the same shop! Like you said about Topshop - especially in Primark. It frustrates me not being able to pick something up and know that it fits, but I'd rather have a size bigger than usual and have it fit properly than not fit at all!
    It also means shopping online is a lot more difficult as you never know if it's going to fit or not :(
    Really great post, I agree there should be a standard measurement. Also this should apply to underwear! I'm an E cup in some shops and a C in others, it's mental!
    xx

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    1. Hey Laura! So pleased you agree :) Prinark is terrible with sizing but I almost expect it with the cheap price tags! Topshop however is ridiculous especially when your looking at £45 a pair of jeans!! I hate going up a size normally but I think I need to remember its the I'll fitting clothes and not me that's put weight on!! Xx.

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  2. I hear ya!! My weight DOES fluctuate so if my size is too small I panic and run for the scales. I read an article last year about this and it gave you all the waist measurements for jeans in different big high street stores from New Look to M&S to Miss Selfridge and the variation was crazy! I think the biggest difference worked out up to 5inches so depending on what shop you go in really does determine your 'size' the older I have got the more I have come to realise that and know that if my weight is healthy and I am eating well and exercising.... I AM NOT going to let a number in a shop get me down!! :)

    Nicki

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    1. Hey Nicki :) that's so true - I think it's important to remember its the ill fitting clothes and not our bodies that are changing!! That's crazy aswell - 5 inches difference is a good two dress sizes up or down!! Crazy!! Xx.

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  3. Yup, I *completely* agree with everything you've said. I can vary two or three sizes even in the same range in a single shop, which is so frustrating! I definitely think a standard set of measurements for each size would be brilliant.x

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    1. Me too - at least that way we'd know what size to pick up in each shop!! Xx.

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  4. I agree sometimes I'm a size 10 in jeans but then shops like topshop I can't even get them up! It's annoying because I've got a small waist and big thighs. I work in h&m and their euro size 38 is a 12 but in any other shop it would be a 10 so I always get people complaining about how small it is, maybe because its a Swedish company and they're all smaller there? I have no idea but it really annoys me. Xxx

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    1. Oh also I try not to let it get me down anymore, If it looks good ill buy it no matter if its an 8 or 12 xxx

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    2. Hey hun! Ah our figures sound very similar as I have a very small waist but bigger hips and thighs too!! I think a lot of shops don't take 'shape' into consideration so a size 10 might fit someone who has small hips but it's not going to work for someone with more curves!! I agree about H&M too - I love their clothes but the sizes are all over the place!! Xx.

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  5. I completely agree! I can range over about 3 different sizes depending on the shop but my weight is always the same. I hate it when I go into a shop, don't have time to try anything on so just buy my size, and then get home to find its way too big or small! I agree that there should be standards set so people know what size they truly are. I'm sure it makes everyone feel horrible if they try on their size and its way too small but that's not fair as its most likely the shop and not weight gain! :) xxx

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    1. Hey Becky! Glad you agree :) its crazy how we can be different sizes in a range of shops isn't it!! I'm going to not let it get me down from now on though as I haven't gained weight and that's all that matters!! Xx.

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  6. I can't agree more, working in retail I have to buy my uniform for the store I work for, I am usually an 8 on bottom, 10 on top, however I have bought size 6 dresses for them to be huge on me and jumpers so small I've had to get a size 14.... It annoys me that sizes aren't all the same because it does make you feel down on yourself when you can't squeeze a thigh into Topshop jeans (I once had two pairs the same size, one wouldn't go past my ankles and the other we're far too big!) I couldn't agree more with having a generic size that all shops should stick too xxx

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  7. This is such a problem, I have clothes varying from a size 6 to a 12! I've found clothes have got bigger though. My jean size used to be a 10, and now I can easily fit into an 8, or a 25/26 inch waist at Topshop. And if anything, I've put on weight over the years! I wish they would standardise it so it's not a guessing game. It means when I order online I have to buy multiple sizes which is annoying. x

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  8. I agree! It happened yesterday again, with shoes! I'm normally a 40 (UK7) and now suddenly a 39. That never happened before. And in Zara I always need to go a size up! But I know in each store what size I have, so that makes it a lot easier :) xo

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  9. Yeah I saw a study of how clothes shops and brands DO make their sizes seem more generous sometimes to give women a boost, it's called vanity sizing! It's not THAT common though - more often than not sizes are just completely random, some ridiculously small and some stupidly large. I've read that it's because we source most of our manufacturing from low income countries and sweat shops so it's more about speed and low cost labour than educating staff and producing quality, accurately sized products.

    Phew sorry for the essay! :-)

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  10. I'm with you there Kayleigh! I don't like shopping for clothes sometimes because of the bad eperience i may have had previously in a shop. The only high street shop i could say i've no problem with for jean sizes is New Look. That is the only place i buy my jeans from. I hate that skinny models wear a piece of clothing & it fits them fantasticily, i'm not skinny, but i have curves - boobs & hips but a small butt, but i'd love to see real women model clothes so you can see how a piece of clothing looks on different sizes.

    And if a pair of jeans or a dress doesn't sight right - i feel horrible & think have i gained an extra few pounds :( it knocks yourself confidence i think mentally & physically.

    I'm glad you wrote this post as it's opened my eyes to see that every girl has a certain "area" problem with their body. :(

    thank you :)
    xxx

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  11. I was really hoping someone would write a post on this! I completely agree that a standard needs to be set. I'm not the skinniest person around, but it aggravates me so much that I can go into Topshop and come out with a size 12 top yet I can go into New Look and sometimes struggle to get a size 18 dress over my head. I even have two pairs of jeans from New Look that are exactly the same in terms of measurements on the tag, yet one pair hangs off me like you wouldn't believe and the other pair are too tight!

    Another reason why I think they need to set a standard is because of the time and frustration you go through when you're actually looking for something that fits. I end up spending far more time than I'd like in one shop because I have to try on four or five different sizes, and it's just ridiculous!

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  12. I couldn't agree more! I remember years ago, I lost a load of weight, and my black work trousers were hanging off me, so I went back to the shop I bought those from and selected another pair, 1 size smaller (hoping they'd be too big and I could pick an even smaller size), and when I tried them on, to my horror, they didn't fit past my thighs! I ended up with a pair a size *BIGGER* than the ones I'd gone in there wearing that were hanging off me!!!! I'd lost 3 stone... how on earth was I a size bigger? Feeling very disillusioned I left, with my bigger trousers that were snug to say the least... Why can't shops be consistent with their sizing.

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  13. I always have this problem! I am usually a size 8 up top aswell, only last week in Primark I ended up buying a size 14 jumper becuase size 8 and 10 didn't go near me and size 12 was out of stock! They need to sort it out!
    xx

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  14. I think it is fair to say that we all agree to this post and it definitely was a much needed rant amongst all of us! But not only for us adults, also for children which sounds ridiculous! I have a young niece and nephew who are in completely different sizes depending on which store I buy clothes for them from - how crazy?! I think it is because of the different places the clothes are made and the different kind of market the individual store is targeting. It is crazy that even within a store items can fit you differently depending on the size. Is it not about time that all stores complied with the same sizing regulations? It would make our shopping one hell of a lot easier and happier! xo

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  15. I am very naturally skinny, no matter how much I eat I can never seem to gain weight! In some respect I am very lucky but this means finding clothes, especially dresses can be a bit of a nightmare. You will be shocked at how many shops don't sell size 6 or 4. Shops tend to think they are promoting a bad image by stocking such small sizes and don't want to offend those of a 'bigger size' but I just can't help getting upset that they feel my size isn't important enough. I infact feel good when I fit into a size 8 because I feel normal. But when I try something on which is a size 8 and is huge and no size 6's, I'm made to feel like a little girl again desperate to fit into adults shops.

    This post is really interesting and it's amazing how this effects all different sizes. It is just a number! I think from now on we should ban ourselves from looking at sizes and just go from judgement of eye!

    Xx

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  16. Totally agree. I'm generally an 8-10 on both the top and the bottom, but different shops vary. In Topshop I'll sometimes be a 6, but then other times I'm a 14! And H&M are tiny tiny! I bought a jacket from there and managed to squeeze into a 14, whereas I've got jackets from other places which are a size 8. It makes online shopping really difficult aswell, I really do think shops should have a generic sizing system so we always know what size we will be xx

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  17. I agree with this so much! Whenever I wear out my favourite pair of jeans, I always go back to the same store to pick it up again, they usually have it, but it just doesn't fit the same way, they normally too tight. The worst part is that I'm a size 16 and I'm currently loosing weigh, so instead of the clothes getting bigger(so I could pick smaller size) they are getting smaller. Going to read the guardians article now. Somehow I manged to fit my ass in topshop jeans and I can't fit my in H&M jeans. xx

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  18. My weight changes a lot, so I never know what size I really am.
    I once had measurements of a size 10, but in topshop I was still a size 14 when I was buying jeans! Ridiculous.
    I am now a size 20 and believe me, the sizing for bigger girls is even worse than standard sizing. I ordered two jumpers from h&m, both in a size 20, but different colours. Obvioulsy since they were the same jumper, I expected them to be the exact same size and length. Well... I got one jumper which could fit in two of me and one jumper half the size of me :O
    WTF? Both were a size 20 apparently!
    All shops should have the same guidelines and shoudl stick to them!
    It is very frustrating, especially if we are shopping online.

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  19. Hey Hun, really good point here unfortunately with the recession and the need to make head office teams smaller, lots of garment technician roles have been removed so there isn't much opportunity for retailers to ensure the sizing is the same- if they buy from a New York manufacturer for example the sizing will come up a lot smaller. There is also a lot of variation depending on what size the fit model is- if the brand fits on a size 8 the sizes at the other end of the spectrum can be totally skew whiff - and vice versa.

    Although I logically know this and have worked in buying offices and watched fit model sessions it still annoys me when I have to buy a size a lot bigger than I normally am. I just try to ensure I'm happy with myself and having a good day before I attempt the changing rooms!

    I don't know how you would actually solve it tho!

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  20. I couldn't agree more the sizing in many stores on the high street is a complete joke! Yesterday I tried a pair of shorts on in Forever 21 in a medium and a large and they were around 5 sizes too small! It definitely made me feel bad about myself so no matter what they are still promoting bad body image. I think it would definitely make everyone a little happier if every store stuck to the same sizing guidelines! xx

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  21. This is so true, sizes are all over the place in most shops, I'm generally a size 6/8 and can't shop in some places as the 8's come up so big and they don't stock 6. I just wish they'd have a generic system as you said, with measurements for each size so we know where we stand! xo

    chloesway.com

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  22. I juts checked that article and put my measurements in and surprise, surprise....

    I am a size 12/14 in Reiss and a 22/24 in Next and M&S

    Oh and apparently, I am a 14/16 in Topshop... What? Size 14 waist fits my thigh in Topshop!


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  23. completely agree with this. primark is so bad for this even just in store. x jeans you'll be x size but try a different cut of jean and you'll be this x size. so frustrating.x

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  24. Oh this post just explains the story of my life! I can be a 12 in one shop & an 18 in another. It is very frustrating! Xx

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  25. totally agree, the worst shop in my opinion for this is h&m, whenever I go to try clothes on in my size it's like i've been squeezing into size sixes and have come away more than once feeling absolutely horrid! great post:) xo

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  26. I completely agree with this. Shopping for jeans is so frustrating and makes me feel fat all the time. However, I find river island good for jeans. I'm a size 10/12 in there.But new look is the worst. I have a size 10 black skinny pair from there which are really big on me, but a size 12 skinny pair which are so tight I literally cannot not sit down in. High street sizes are so confusing, I could never order jeans online, which is really annoying because it takes a whole day finding a half decent pair of jeans. Great post! :) xx

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  27. I completely agree with you Kayleigh! I would say I'm a size 8 on top and 10 below, but in different shops I can very between a size 6 and a size 12! It's ridiculous to be honest, I never know what size to really go for xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. I found this post so interesting and agree 100%! It's so frustrating and I've had the exact same experience with Topshop jeans too. It also makes it almost impossible for people to buy you clothes for occasions such as your birthday or Christmas.

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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  29. You're preaching to the choir sister! It makes shopping online so difficult :(

    youlooknicetodayxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. Oh my god I agree so much. Manufacturers need to stick to a standard sizing and not decide to make up their own. I rarely shop online because of the fact that sizing fluctuates so much. I'm not paying for shipping to me and then paying for shipping to send them back because the brand decided to make up their own sizing system.

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  31. You are so right, I have been thinking this for a while. I always have to order my clothes as i dont live on the mainland and i cant help but feel a bit disheartened when my "size" doesnt fit, definite confidence killer. So glad to see everyone else feels like this too glad i am not alone :)

    Justaddicingandsprinkles.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Agreed! I go into Next and I am a size 8 - everything fits me perfectly and I leave feeling good! Go into River Island and I'm a size 12! It's RIDICULOUS! xxx

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  33. I definitely agree with you. I'm usually around a UK 6-8 on top and about an 10 bottom but it varies dramatically between shops. Sometimes in a shop - H&M in particular - an XS can be really baggy on me, but the next item in XS I try I can barely put on. What??? Again I am one of those people whose weight doesn't vary much - definitely not enough for one dress size - but when I try bottoms on and they barely do up, I always still wonder if I've been having too many sweets recently. Definitely a mood killer.

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  34. hello mrs!
    i'm so glad you posted this!
    sizes are crazy at the moment.
    i'm a size 8 as per say but i've found some size 10 topshop trousers snug to the point where i can barely breath when i sit down! a size 12 would have been the perfect fit in that case, but then in miss selfridge i've often left with size 4 jumpers. it's just daft how you can vary in size so much so i've now stopped caring about looking at the size at all. if it looks like it fits, it's coming to the changing rooms, if it's my size but looks too small, i'll grab a bigger one.
    i like the idea of xs, s, m, l... etc as they tend to cater to two sizes in each catagorie, makes you feel a lot less down in the dumps about it all, but that may just be me, either way, a universal sizing method is needed!
    hope you're well,
    laura xx
    http://ilikecrayonsxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. I don't think you could have put this any better. I now don't even bother to check sizes, I pick up a range of sizes from 10-16 and then go by the look of them on, sometimes I buy jumpers and t-shirts in an 18/20 for that lovely oversized look, sometimes I need to go down a size to get the best fit in a dress. I think if you label yourself as a 'size 10' or whatever you are, then you will only be disappointed when something doesn't fit...just go by what looks good and what FEELS good. I always take someone with me too and get there honest opinion by not telling them the sizes (sometimes friends won't recommend you get the size 14 for fear of offending you!) Most of all I think you hit the nail on the head, you have to go with what works for you. Topshop jeans are a complete no go for me too so I just avoid them! Great post, and btw you are totally gorgeous and responsible for my midi tube dress obsession atm!

    charlotte
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  36. Completely agree with you, it can't be THAT hard for stores to pick a size and stick to it! I want to be able to go into a shop trust their clothing size so much that I have no need to venture into a dressing room!

    http://beautyandthecloset.blogspot.co.uk/

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  37. This is a really good post! It can be so annoying, especially when buying online. xxx

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  38. It is so frustrating trying to shop when all the sizes are different everywhere you go! I can be a size 6 in tops in Primark but then need a 10 in bottoms..weird.

    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/
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  39. I can totally relate, I hate having to take a few sizes in of the same item to the changing room because I never know what will be the best fitting. I also am left feeling so down if I need a bigger size and ill never forget my joy at the size 8 blazer I bought, im nowhere near a size 8... but its funny how that little number on the tag can really affect your mood x x

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  40. I'm only 15, so when I'm a 4/6 up top and then go into some shops and I'm a 10 in jeans it can be very disheartening! I think shops need to stick to sizes, it's very confusing when you're shopping online (mostly why I rarely do it!)
    Rachel x

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  41. Great post! I wish there was a universal standard for size, it would make life a lot easier! I can go from 6-10 depending on the shop and the item of clothing. I wonder if part of it is to try and keep people going into stores then it has to be tried on, rather than buying elsewhere online.xx

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  42. Your so rite! I'm one of those people who hates trying on clothes in a shop so I buy my "size" take it home and then they don't fit especially jeans its probably why I live in leggings! I think new look and primark are terrible for this. Primark can have the exact same top with the same size label and be two completely different sizes! Xx

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  43. I definatley agree! Sizes vary in literally every shop. Love this post x

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  44. This is one of the most frustrating things for me, I've ended up many a time having changing room tears due the crappy sizing in stores. I am a UK 8 on top and should be a UK 10 on bottom, yet most styles gape around my waistline but are tight over my thighs. When will the high street start listening to their buyers feelings on sizing and make a change! Great post lovely!

    Eda ♥

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  45. I find this so frustrating!! Especially when I just want to pop to the shops as I want to buy just 1 item of clothing that I need, and I end up spending hours going in every shop as the sizing is just weird. I agree sizing should have generic measurements put in place definitely.

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  46. I completely agree with you, there needs to be a generic size chart, so each and every high street store will go by the same measurements for each size. That would not only make more sense but they'd probably get more custom! Jeans are my biggest annoyance, I've got fed up with trying on different sizes and just left the shop, and I bet that's happened to lots of girls! It's frustrating and confusing... I also agree that Topshop seem to think everyone has Kate Moss's shape! They definitely don't cater for curves xx

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  47. I totally understand. I don't have the skinniest legs, so I have to buy size 12 jeans, but they are too big around my hips, and wearing belts gives me a horrible muffin top. We definitely need "in-between" sizes, or just make getting tailored jeans a hell of a lot cheaper?!?
    xox

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  48. ASOS clothes are so oversized, you literally have to order everything a size below your 'normal size' also H&M are terrible for weird sizing! I go from an XS to an XL! xx

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  49. ASOS as horrible sizing I can be between an 6-12 xx

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  50. I never thought I'd say this phrase but....Amen, sister. HA! Everything you have said is something every girl has thought about at least once whilst they've been out shopping. I've bought every size from 8-16 because nothing seems to be in the correct proportion for my body! Great post! xo

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  51. SO TRUE!! I have been trying for ages to find the right pair of jeans. Normally if I want a standard pair of skinnies, I go to Primark as they are pretty good for the price, last for ages, and most importantly they fit perfectly. I used to buy a size 8. I tried a pair on the other day and they fit my legs perfectly, but I couldn't even button them up. It was infuriating! I had to try on a 10-which does not bother me in the slightest, but they were massive on me and were loose around the legs. Maybe it's down to them being from a cheaper store-though I've not had problems before, but I definitely agree with the sizing on the high street. I can't buy bottoms from H&M because they don't go past my bum, Topshop fit me weirdly, River Island legs are either too short or mile long. I don't get why this is. I never used to have a problem, but now I find I only wear leggings, skirts or dresses because I can't find denim that fits me properly. It's horrible. So glad you've brought this topic up. xx

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  52. Totally agree with this! My staple wardrobe item is Primark's super skinny jeans, I bought my first pair and loved them so I went back in the next day to scoop up two more in the exact same size, only to get them home and find one was too tight and the other was too loose - even in the same shop they can't decide what size to make! I realise it's Primark and my standards shouldn't be so high, but whenever I needed a new pair I'd have to hold up three different pairs on the rack against each other to make sure I picked the not-too-big-not-too-small one. Of course this was all before my Primark decided to stop stocking the super skinny jeans in favour of the ultra soft version... still looking for a different store that stocks super skinnies! :( xx

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  53. Totally agree, I often have to dress models as part of my job and one girl can be in anything from a 6 to a 14. I also understand some brands stitch on any old size label if they've run out of labels in the actual size of the garment. (Hello Primark!)

    Its a bit of a bugger but I tend to try on a dress or trousers in an array of sizes and just see what looks best & buy that. Same goes for my bras, I'm one size in M&S & another in La Senza!

    Jen xx http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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  54. I totally know what you're talking about! Spanish stores like Zara, Stradivarius and Pull&Bear have ridiculously small clothing. I 'm on the bigger side so I can never buy clothes from them, but even my sister, who usually wears S or M in other stores, can barely fit into their XL sizes. Ridiculous!

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  55. I've always thought that there should be a universal sizing too! It also depends on the material, if it's a jersey type fabric and stretchy it is going to have to sit tighter. I hate clingy things so I go two sizes up.

    This post was enlightening, never thought someone thought like this too!

    http://www.cmalia.wordpress.com

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  56. I totally agree, I hate shopping because of my size already and this makes it ten times worse!

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  57. I can agree with this one hundred percent! I especially hate when this happens over online purchases, since the hassle to return is one I hate!
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    The Introverted Brunette

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  58. I've never seen a post of this exact kind and this was such an interesting read, I totally agree! I think it's just a way of justifying not stocking what's now called 'bigger' sizes because it's so looked down upon, totally wrong! xx

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  59. I find that it's because there isn't a law to say that a size ten has to be within so many inches. Also theres lots of vanity sizing so Top Shop for example tend to be smaller fit because they want only the slimmest, trendy young people shopping there, whereas a shop like dorothy perkins tend to be a larger fit as they want to create the feel good factor that a young woman can be a size ten, go away and have a baby and then come back and still be a size 10 and feel good in that size, buy more etc.

    Great post xxx

    Laura xxx
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  60. Very interesting, unfortunately sizing has been a problem for as long as I can remember, I honestly don't think that buyers have a strict enough standard of measuring sizes, so when they purchase merchandise from suppliers, I don't think they tell or check that the sizes are all the same. As women we already have so much pressure to behave and look a certain way, magazines and television tells us that only a certain body type is beautiful, but I completely disagree. And I want to tell you to not allow retailers to make you feel bad about your body, ultimately size is only a number like age ;-) xo
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  61. Great post! I'm 16 and I dread trying things on in the changing rooms (in fact it puts me off shopping for clothes at all, makeup is so much easier!) because although I would never call myself 'fat', I'm made to feel large, bloated and awkward when trying to squeeze my legs into some jeans/trousers that should fit me. I'm roughly 5"3 so have to go for the smallest size jeans otherwise they're too long, but they are so skinny (even ones that are not supposed to be) that they barely pull up around my thighs - surely not everyone of my height is ridiculously skinny as well? It makes me feel degraded and ashamed of how I look. I've left changing rooms wanting to cry before, and it really does make me take a hit on my self-esteem especially when I see friends wearing things I would love to but can't fit into. I also think the lighting and mirrors in changing rooms are ridiculously unflattering and should be changed.

    Thanks so much for this post, I'm going to write my own now!

    Romany x

    www.chasingpavementsbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  62. This is soo true! I don't even bother trying on any sort of trousers or skirts in H&M cos I know the sizing is really small and my normal size wont fit and probably the size up wont either. I tend to stick to wearing dresses now much easier to find the right fit and I don't have the awful feeling i get when i go jeans shopping!

    x

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  63. Ahh vanity sizing. If you want an ego boost go to M&S. I'm a size 10 or 12 in there when my normal size is a 14!

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  64. I don't even know what size I am anymore to be honest! Varies between an 8 or a 10 depending where I purchase from! x

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  65. It's always baffled me how the sizes can be SOO different shop to shop. I think a lot of it comes down to the fact that clothes or the high street are produced at a really fast rate ... Too fast for the factories to make rue everything comes out consistent... I had a similar experience with Topshop jeans that were apparently a size 10 but were more like a size 6?! xx

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  66. Totally agree with what you're saying, it is annoying and can get some people really down. I refuse to buy the next size up just because it makes me feel like I've gained weight when I haven't! I also wished they done in between sizes, I believe I'm a size 9, although not at the moment, still trying to lose the festive muffin top ;). My other grumble is the length of jeans as well, I find it really difficult to get jeans that don't drag on the floor because they're too long when they're actually marked up as a short pair, or I end up with ankle swingers - not a good look. Great post Kayleigh, I think a lot women agree with you on this :) x

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  67. It is a bit ridiculous how much sizes vary! I always have that problem with topshop! I have worked in retail for years by now and I only recently found out that a lot of the stores use fit models to size their clothes- which basically means they advertise for women from sizes 4-20 to come and model the clothes while they take measurements, I think it's a bit of a silly way of doing it really- just because a fit model claims they're a size 12 they might be more pear/apple/whateverotherfruit shape that might not fit other size 12's well at all. There definitely should be standard measurements and sizes that shops stick to when making and sizing their clothes! Xxx

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  68. absolutely agree with you. This is what always makes me dred having to buy new jeans. Having to try them on and for them not to fit. It makes me feel bad about myself. shops need to learn that not everyone is a model size.

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  69. Yessss I find it ranges greatly and it's such a pain! Especially when you're ordering clothes online. I mean with Topshop I literally have no idea which size to go for, it's ridiculously annoying. Glad someone's finally written a post on this!
    ..and if you're ever passing through my blog Kayleigh, do say hi!
    Kerry x
    from Kerralina

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  70. I HADJI hate how designer brands always use super skinny models to model their brand. I got a Superdry jumper as a hand-me-down and it was large, no way could it be large! It fitted me perfectly and I'm a size 8. I dread to think what a small is! That's why so many people say they are fat when they aren't, they are perfectly healthy and at a healthy size, yet magazines and films promote that being a size 0 is a must, and that anything beyond that is fat, but it isn't.

    Lauren

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  71. good post! i agree about the varying sizes but i also think certain clothes are different too... i ALWAYS have to get a size up in jeans cos my hips are a bigger size than what my waist and bust are. actually i always buy a size up in shorts too... it's just one of those things isn't it? the traumas of being a girl. oh to be a boy and just be a '30 regular' or whatever!!! xxx

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  72. I totally agree, it's so annoying not knowing what size to pick up! Primark are the worst, I picked up a dress in there on Saturday in size 8, I'm normally a 10/12. I know it must be there sizing as there's no way I've dropped 1 or even 2 dress sizes over the Christmas hols! xx

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  73. I disagree, I think that this has been the way with high street shops for such a long time that I have become completely not bothered about what number is on the label. I am a standard size on top and bottom but what I do is take in a couple of sizes. That way you're not setting your mind on something before you've tried it on. If you change your mind set to just shopping to find a pair of jeans that look 'amazing' on you then you shouldn't let it bother you whatever size it says xxxx

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  74. I love this post! Its so annoying how a size 8 is different in every shop! I detest trying to find jeans in places like H&M and Primark as I have to try on sizes 8-14! Its so silly! They're should definitely be some sort of rule that sizes have to be the same measures shop to shop!


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  75. I whole hearty agree with this post, it's because of this ridiculous size fluctuation that I fear going shopping. I avoid places like Topshop, River-Island and even Asos because of their sizes (which never fit me, plus their insane prices).
    Primark is the worst obviously but that's because their clothes are made and imported from countries like China and Korea, they don't have just one company that makes all their clothes either.
    I'd love it if there was a set size for all companies for women. Men don't necessarily have this problem because their sizes are different, no size 10-23 but proper measurements in inches etc.

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  76. I'm aware I'm a tad late commenting on this post but I couldn't agree with you more Kayleigh! It truly upsets me not being able to 'shop properly' but having to try on about ten different sizes of whatever just to find the one that fits me. It's always been like this and I can remember going shopping with my mum when I was about 14 years old, looking for a new pair of jeans only to find the only one in H&M that would fit me was a size 12. I bursted out in tears in front of everyone as it made me feel so bad about my body! Don't feel the need to cry today anymore, it's really bothering me though. I also own two cardigans from Primark, same style, different colour/size. Size 8 is smaller than size 6, how is that even possible? Sorry for ranting on, you've basically said it all xxx

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  77. hey kay, im late on commenting on this post too, woopsie. just wanted to say though, what a fabulous post. I walked out of selfridges a couple of weeks ago literally fighting back the tears cos everything i liked was too big for me, just made me feel like whats wrong with me?! you know. I totally think they shops need to adjust their sizes and cator for a wider range. it's really not good for a ladies self esteem, especially when we are constantly seeing photos of 'ideal' womens body shapes everywhere we go. seriously i could rant for ages about this topic. great post, well done x

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  78. Hi Kayleigh,

    What a great and honest post! I agree with everything you are saying - it's really frustrating when this happens and I know it does nothing for my self esteem. Which is why I worry less and less about sizing these days. I buy jumpers 3 sizes up when I fancy a 'boyfriend' look, I buy trousers one size up when I know I have to wear them all day and I'd rather opt for comfort (with a belt if needed). I don't have a set size and I don't mind that.

    I work in fashion and it's frustrating to know that our clothes are being made and not checked for quality in the correct way. We have 'fit' models and a Quality Control process but it seems that sizing is still an issue.

    Thanks so much for you inspiring post :)

    My latest post ** Grunge and Lace **
    Lots of love, M

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  79. This is so true!!! I went to school for fashion design and I also work in retail. One thing about sizes is they change so much even over the years. Marilyn Monroe in her time was a size 14, which now (the same measurements) equal to be a size 10, which is crazy!! Unfortunately sizing is not standarized, at least not in North America. Companies have there own standards which can be similar, but sadly they can also be outrageously different. Sizing can also vary by the target market of the customer. Like asian companies sizes fit much small than north american sizes. Also if a company is tetig to cater to a younger demographic (which may not be obvious), then their sizes will aldo fit smaller.
    The life of us women trying to shop....
    Hope this helps anyone wondering what the heck is up with these number differences...

    xoxo
    annpaige

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  81. Fantastic blog post Kayleigh! I was SO annoyed with vanity sizing, especially in jeans, that I built my own shopping comparison site that tells you what size you are in each store, thereby solving the issue of vanity sizing on the High Street. Check it out here: www.highstreetfitfinder.com. I'd love to know what you and your followers think...

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