Thursday, 5 May 2011

What SIZE am I ?

This morning I got dressed (much like any other morning)  as I checked out my extensive wardrobe to see what gorgeous outfit to select for the day, I happened to notice the size of the items I had plucked out :

 The top blue and white stripes (my uniform these days) was purchased from Sainsbury's in their sale for £5 and is a size 16 !

 The jeans from Marks and Spencers basics range cost £12 and are a size 12. 

 The Crew Clothing Company body warmer purchased from Ebay for £10 (second hand) is a size 10 !

I am not as it would appear from the sizes above one of these lucky  ladies with an ample vuluptuous upper and a tiny lower body (mores the pity).  I have tops in my wardrobe I regularly wear ranging from size 12 to 16 all of which fit me.  The same goes for trousers ranging from size 10 to 14 .  Most are high street labels.  Why can't they get together and come up with an industry standard size chart, much like as with shoes ?  Wouldn't it make life much simpler ?

Oh and you know how they say you look bigger on film than in real life , well I'm hoping the same is true of this photograph!  Off to put on running kit ........




18 comments:

  1. Oh I couldn't agree with you more Karen, it would make things so much simpler.

    Btw you look fab, not matter what size clothing you're wearing! :)) x

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  2. I have the same problem, my trousers from M&S are far too big yet when I try on the smaller size they won't go over my hips!!! I've tried so many places & they're all different sizes :( x

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  3. You look fantastic Karen, you always do!

    But I do agree on clothes sizes

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  4. Carole, thanks sweetie, but really I have turned into my mother !

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  5. Hi Josie, I agree about M & S the problem I have with their trousers is the waistband at the back always "gapes" and they are really baggy on my bum ! Manybe we need a custom made service in the stores : )

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  6. Jen, you are a sweetie but really not compared to the body I have in my head ! Its only when I see myself I realise that body is long gone xx

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  7. i think it's about time someone sued a clothes shop for misrepresentation! after all if you're a size 14 in one store and an 18 in another someone is getting it wrong!! M&S, Monsoon, River Island are all on the small side and New Look, Asda and Matalan are more like the real thing! surely there is already a standard? It's crazy and very annoying!

    On what I wear... I don't care what size it is as long as it looks good on me! Though I would like to be a couple of sizes smaller but I'm working on that!

    You don't need to worry Karen, you look great!

    xxx

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  8. Ha! Ha! Me too Karen....now just how and when did that happen! xxx

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  9. I know exactly what you mean, Karen. I'm normally a 12/14 on top but I do have a couple of size 10 tops (which I have to admit are a bit on the snug side) and I've recently bought a size 16 top from a charity shop (Dorothy Perkins) which fits me to a tee (Frankly, I wasn't sure to be pleased that it fitted or not!).

    I'm a big fan of Uniqlo where I'm a size 12 in tops and bottoms! Yay!

    You look great btw!

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  10. Hi Loo : ) Many thanks for your comment. I was a bit the same when the size 16 fitted me !!!!
    I will have a look at Uniqlo - sounds like my kind of sizing, the smaller the better xx

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  11. You are so right! I think of myself as being a 12 but my clothes vary between 10, 12 and 14! The thing with me is though that even if I know the size is wrong and it's nothing to do with my body - if it's a bigger size it does put me off buying it I have to say! It's just too depressing!
    As for your uniform of jeans and a striped top - snap!!

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  12. Today I wore Next jeans size 10, M&S top size 16 (which doesn't go near my size 14 mum, Evans cardi size 18,size 12 knickers and size 14 jacket.
    Sizes should only ever be used as a guide, and you're missing out on some great potential looks if you use the size as a first port of call when shopping. Mens and boys clothes can be great too. The size issue doesn't bother me, I like having a variety of fitted and roomy clothes in my wardrobe, and as I get most from charity shops anyway, I rarely over-spend on the wrong thing.
    If you fancy feeling skinny, get some Cherokee denim cropped jeans-I'm an average 12 but needed a blinkin' 8!

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  13. I know, I thought the whole point in clothes sizes was that they were universal but obviously not. I am loving Next at the moment because I just bought two tops that are a size 6 and trust me, I'm not a size 6!!
    And as for you, I think you look fantastic and judging by that photo I'd say you were nowhere near a size 16!!!!

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  14. Thanks for the great comments ladies - its official, there is NO industry standard sizing.

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  15. Lucewoman, thanks you so much for such a comprehensive breakdown of your garments and I am with you all the way on your Philosophy xx

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  16. definately depends on the shop - my size 14 trousers no longer fit so i'm back to size 16 - that said i tried on three pairs of crops/shorts in New Look size 16 all to tight yet my favourite crops are Next size 14 fit perfect and fave shorts monsoon size 16 fall down and need a belt!
    Tops and dresses are even more confusing!

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  17. You look gorgeous but I agree I really wish they would put a standard size so you know what you really are. Crazy and so annoying. x

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  18. Thanks Susan, nothing worse than going into a shop and thinking what size am I going to be in here and finding you can't squeeze into it.

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