Clear clothes sizing campaign

Ages ago I wrote about the horrors of maternity clothes shopping if you have a, ahem, vintage figure (see What would Betty Draper wear?). And I admitted to being rather more of a Joan.

Since having a baby, I have discovered all kinds of strange things. Dresses fit much better, and for some reason I can fit in size 14s (a skirt from GAP and a dress from Laura Ashley). But then in other shops I take in lots of stuff. My favorite black – very Joan – dress is from Monsoon and is an 18. WTF? I’m fairly sure my dimensions aren’t shifting about on a daily basis.

Retrochick has noticed this too, and has started a campaign for clothes to be labeled clearly with measurements rather than the opaque mysteries of sizes. She brings together all the consumer survey stuff, and why making people who don’t have beanpole-like measurements feel bad is, you know, bad.

So I’m adding my voice. I’m 5’9″. In 2009 I was 36-30-42. I’m currently 38-34-44 (baby-weight, people, baby-weight). There is NO WAY I can be both a size 14 and size 18. Bring back labels in inches, not sizes. Make trying clothes on fun again, not a game of sizeist Russian roulette.

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2 Responses to “Clear clothes sizing campaign”

  1. Bea Says:

    Baby clothes sizes too – have you found this with girls clothes? Next, for example – the waist of their “age 2-3″ trousers was way too narrow for R at just 20 months, and he is massively underweight for his age group, so I’ve no idea what 2-3 year old they would fit. Different shops assume massively different sizes for different ages of baby – its all a mystery and it’s MUCH more difficult to get them to try something on.

  2. Mags Says:

    Oh, totally. GJ is long, so I have to buy M&S sleepsuits because they actually fit for 3 months. And we were given some ubercute mini-boden clamdiggers that are 12-18 months and are too tight over a cloth nappy on an 11 month old!


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