I’m a comfortable UK size 8 and will stick to this size when I order things online and buy things in store. In the last month I’ve purchased a couple of things which don’t fit in with my usual size and thought I would share those experiences with you all today. The clothes I’ve purchased vary from a size 6 to 10 and I think highlight a major issue that we as consumers face when shopping online and on the high street.
So without further ado, here are a couple of examples of my run ins with vanity sizing this month.
1. The latest purchase was from a brand called Waven through Asos. I found a lovely pair of high waisted jeans in the sale for just £13.50 and was so excited that they had a size 8 in stock. So in my basket they went and the following day were delivered to my humble abode.
What happened next was a scene that would have fit in perfectly in a Bridget Jones film. The jeans were unbelievably tight. As soon as I put my leg in I knew it was going to be trouble. Cue ten minutes of wriggling, doing squats to pull these bad lads up and breathing in to my very core before I finally did them up.
My first thought was “maybe I just need to wear them around a bit to loosen them up and then they’ll look alright?” So I strolled around the flat and did my usual fashion show for Aaron (which he’ll roll his eyes at — I know deep down he secretly loves it) but I couldn’t move properly. My usually slim tum was looking like a muffin top and my little bit of cushion on my back was being pushed together making it look like I had back fat.
2. Next up is one of my favourite midi skirts from River Island. I can usually tell whether something is going to fit me when I pick it up in store (except for the black Levi shorts I picked up in a vintage shop last weekend – I’m definitely not a 26″ waist no matter what the Topshop label tells me) and knew that the size 8 was going to be huge. I ended up going down to a size 6 and it fit me perfectly!
3. On the same trip that I purchased the above skirt, I bought the white frill sleeved top. They didn’t have it in a size 8 but I desperately needed it to come home with me. So I bought it in the size 10 and was surprised that it fit me really well!
4. The last run in was another River Island sizing mishap. I was in store with Aaron in tow, and found a gorgeous light grey faux suede biker jacket for £30. I obviously had to have it and chucked all of my stuff at Aaron so I could try it on in a size 8 – but it drowned me! Another time I had to size down to get a nicer fit in the same store – the tops of the arms are a little bit tight, but not uncomfortably so or unflattering, I can deal with that as it fits well everywhere else.
Until next time…