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#1 BurningBright

Posted 08 November 2019 - 08:30 PM

Last few years I have gone from size 12 to 14 to 16 in slacks/ trousers from different stores ( example I buy my pants from JacquiE and this year wore size 16.

Now it doesn’t feel like I have increased much weight but I didn’t think much of it, till today!

Whilst cleaning out my cupboard I found an old ( 2017 as  per fading receipt) shopping bag that had a brand new pack of undies from target size 14 and size 12 black pants from JacquiE that I thought I had misplaced.
I tried both items and they fit perfectly and I haven’t lost any weight!!
Have you guys noticed any discrepancies in size from different retailers in the past few years? I am weighing myself and still weigh  the same!!

#2 Odd-1-Out

Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:32 PM

Yes, it drives me insane. I mean how hard is it for designers here to all stick to the same sizes and measurements? Do people in Europe and America have these issues?

#3 StillDreaming

Posted 11 November 2019 - 07:36 PM

I’ve noticed this with the jeans I wear - though I think the opposite issue you’ve had. At the moment I wear a 25 (7) and there’s no way I’m a 7. If anything I’m bigger now than I was a few years ago - definitely a different shape after having ds. It makes me think that people who really are small/petite must find it hard finding clothes that fit unless they’re brands that go to a size 4 etc....

#4 nom_de_plume

Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:09 PM

Yes I have noticed it! Worst of all is the variation between stores and sometimes even within them. Kmart and Target sizing seems to have gotten smaller. But other brands such as Jeans West run large (no way am I a size 9!) It drives me crazy.

#5 gettin my fance on

Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:31 PM

Right at the end of year 12, DD needed a pair of school shoes as the pair she had just could not be held together for the last week (holes in the sole, stitching coming undone).  We didn't want to spend a lot so bought a cheap pair at a bargain shoe shop.  Size 9 didn't fit, size 10 didn't fit.  Size 11 were the ones we bought.

Those size 11s were exactly the same length and width to a quality pair of casual leather shoes she had at home that were a size 9.

I actually wear a 10.5 or 11 shoe (depends on the style).  The size 11 school shoes we bought her were almost a big toe length shorter than my foot.

#6 cinnamonnutmeg

Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:34 PM

I have noticed that some stores have a size, for example size 18 in their straight and plus size sections. If they do, they will be different sizing with the 18 in the straight size section being smaller than the plus size 18. It's stupid and bizarre.

For a while I did not fit into any clothes properly. I was a size 14 at city chic but it was a little loose, but the size 16 at a store like jeans west was on the firm side of fitting.

I understand that fabric can alter the fit of a garment but there should be standard sizing. It's dumb.

#7 Beanette

Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:44 PM

 nom_de_plume, on 11 November 2019 - 08:09 PM, said:

Yes I have noticed it! Worst of all is the variation between stores and sometimes even within them. Kmart and Target sizing seems to have gotten smaller. But other brands such as Jeans West run large (no way am I a size 9!) It drives me crazy.

I feel like Target and Kmart seems much smaller than it used to. I am buying XL/16 tshirts this summer, but in other brands I am a M/12

Very annoying, especially if you want to shop online

#8 Toddlerandme

Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:30 PM

Yes I find sizes really inconsistent. Recently bought new work pants in store, then a week or so later ordered an identical pair online, of course they didn’t fit.

It is so frustrating and it actually means I buy fewer clothes. Surely it would be in the retailers interests to get sizing consistent, at least within their own brand. If I could buy online and be confident things would fit I’d probably buy more clothes. And I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one!

Edited by Toddlerandme, 11 November 2019 - 09:31 PM.


#9 kimasa

Posted 16 November 2019 - 07:42 PM

I buy most of my clothes online and I actually have a cheat sheet of my favourite brands.

For reference, I range from an XS in Restyle to an L in Killstar.

#10 Hands Up

Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:31 PM

I have the opposite. It’s ridiculous that I have to buy an XS

I am not extra small.

#11 BurningBright

Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:35 PM

Saw some jeans at Kmart, thought let’s try them on - fitted size 18. I am so over it. Now I am ignoring sizes and only going by fit !

#12 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:43 PM

I had a lot of issues with target sizing. Fit anything from a 12 to an 18  depending on which design.
Im normally a 14

#13 Owls

Posted 16 November 2019 - 09:07 PM

View Postcinnamonnutmeg, on 11 November 2019 - 08:34 PM, said:

I have noticed that some stores have a size, for example size 18 in their straight and plus size sections. If they do, they will be different sizing with the 18 in the straight size section being smaller than the plus size 18. It's stupid and bizarre.

This is very common in the USA but they call theirs 'miss' and 'women'.

The same size will have a more generous curvy cut in the women's section.

I liked it as if the miss' size was a bit too fitted I could get the same item in the women's section one size down and it was cut better.

There was then a plus/'curvy' size beyond that. Once you knew which shape you fell into, you could then just go to the right one - miss/women/plus.

Here it drives me nuts - a 14 really means nothing as it doesn't tell me who it is cut for.

#14 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 17 November 2019 - 08:05 AM

View PostOwls, on 16 November 2019 - 09:07 PM, said:

This is very common in the USA but they call theirs 'miss' and 'women'.

The same size will have a more generous curvy cut in the women's section.

I liked it as if the miss' size was a bit too fitted I could get the same item in the women's section one size down and it was cut better.

There was then a plus/'curvy' size beyond that. Once you knew which shape you fell into, you could then just go to the right one - miss/women/plus.

Here it drives me nuts - a 14 really means nothing as it doesn't tell me who it is cut for.

It does give more options for different body shapes which is a good thing I suppose. But frustrating if they have different styles.

#15 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 17 November 2019 - 08:06 AM

View PostBeanette, on 11 November 2019 - 08:44 PM, said:


I feel like Target and Kmart seems much smaller than it used to. I am buying XL/16 tshirts this summer, but in other brands I am a M/12

Very annoying, especially if you want to shop online

Actually the cynic in me thinks they might be doing it to stop people from shopping online?

#16 born.a.girl

Posted 17 November 2019 - 08:27 AM

I think for women, body shape comes in to it far more than it does for men.

I'm a pear shape, so the sizes of my clothes vary significantly depending on the cut.   Many things I simply can't wear because by the time they fit me around the hips, I could fit another person in the waist, then they're also too long.


Tried on some ankle grazer pants with a zip at the bottom from witchery - started with size 12 (which I am, technically around the hips), but kept going down and ended up with a 9. Because they were stretch, they still fitted around the hips without looking awful, but then they also fitted in the waist and the length on this short person was perfect.   Got them in three colours!




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