adidas underwear Julie Hannah investigates clothes sizes in different high street shops
WOMEN the world over know that clothes sizes vary wildly from shop to shop.Brand variation is something most people accept and vanity sizing where stores make garments larger so customers believe they are a smaller size is pretty much common practice for some retailers.But what not many shoppers know is that you can differ vastly in size in ONE store.I put this to the test and tried out store sizing in four of my favourite shops.And the results were startling.In one day, I fitted into a size eight, 10, 12 and a 14. And in one shop,
I ranged between a size 10 and a size 14.According to my measurements bust 34in, waist 27.5in and hips 37in I should fit into a standard size 10 with only tiny ?half inch variations from store to store.But that wasn’t the case.DOROTHY Perkins say their standard size 10 should measure 33.25 27.25 36.5in.I’d usually go for a size 10 in Dorothy Perkins. Out of all the stores I went to, the sizes seem to be the most accurate in here.I tried on trousers, tops,
skirts and dresses. Trousers and skirts in a size 10 were a good fit on me.I only really experienced any difference when I tried on dresses.I picked a green dress in a size 10 and found it was quite big all over. Also, there wasn’t much stretch in the fabric, so the excess fabric did look a bit lumpy.The purple dress in a size 10 was made from a pretty stretchy fabric and was neat around my hips. But the size 12 was just too big for me.I found there was a marked difference between the fit of the green dress and the purple dress.Computer programmer Anna Powell Smith created the What Size Am I? website after reading an article which criticised shops for their misleading labelling.Her programme asks women to enter their bust, waist and hip measurements and calculates what dress size they should go for at a range of High Street retailers including Marks and Spencer,
Next and Zara.And it also gives suggestions as to which shops are most likely to offer something suitable. The website has also been adapted for Smart phones, so women can use the calculator on the move.They have the opposite problem to Next their size 10s tend to be tiny and I have to go for a 12 most of the time.Like most girls, I struggle to find the perfect fitting jeans, so I tried two different styles of skinny jeans in here,
to see how the sizes compared.