Does Size REALLY Matter?
It’s hard to say, as sizing is so haphazard these days. One shop’s 10 is another’s 12 and even men are no longer immune with the loss of standard collar and waist sizing.
To highlight the point, I was shopping in Arndale Centre, Manchester over the weekend with my niece, Rachel, where we spotted some fabulous, lime green skinny jeans in River Island. I selected the size I ‘want’ to be but they looked a little small – of course, they did. Rachel found a pair the next size up but they looked enormous. So, we rifled through until we found another pair, supposedly the same size. They looked about right. To check I wasn’t losing my sense of perspective, I placed the two folded waistbands on top of one another. Guess what? A 1 inch difference in size – 2 inches, once you open up the waist.
So, don’t get upset if your ‘normal’ size doesn’t fit and you need a larger one. There is no standardisation. Bodies have changed. We no longer wear the type of underwear that helped our mothers and grandmothers attain an hour glass shape. Cut the label out if it upsets you but please only buy what fits.