Does Size Matter – April 2016

After a chat with a group of ladies today it got me thinking that sizing in our high street stores really does matter to many of us so I have resurected this blog post on sizing in the main high street stores.

We are all desperate to remain wearing the size we have always worn, the truth of the matter is the high street stores do not all cut their garments in those sizing categories like they used to.

One piece of advice from me is ‘Please ignore the size labels and go for the cut of the clothes to suit your body shape’

If you wear a size too small, the garment will be tight fitting and will actually make you look a size bigger than you are.

If you wear a size too big, the garment will drown you, your body shape will be lost and you will, again, look a size bigger than you actually are.

Each high street stores cuts slightly differently, due to my experience here are my findings;

Oasis – Cuts as per their sizing labels

New Look – Cuts as per the sizing labels

Karen Millen – Cuts with corsetry so you may need to go up a size

Ted Baker – Cuts on the small side in some garments, so you may need to go up a size

French Connection – Cuts as per their sizing labels in most cases but also cuts on the small side in some garments, so you may need to go up a size

Warehouse – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Top Shop – Cuts as per their sizing labels in most cases but also cuts on the small side in some garments, so you may need to go up a size. Stocks a Petite, Tall & Maternity range.

H & M – Cuts as per their sizing labels, some garments this season have come up on the big side so you may need to go down. Stocks from size 6 to 22 & a Maternity range.

Zara – Renowned for cutting on the small side in their trousers but in most tops

Mint Velvet – Cuts on the larger size so you may need to go down a size

Jigsaw – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Crew Clothing – Cuts as per the sizing labels

Biba – Cuts as per their sizing labels

River Island – Cuts as per their sizing labels

M & S – In most cases I feel they cut either as per their sizing labels but they do also cut on the larger side. No the best trousers for an apple body shape as they cut for a curved lower body.

Pied a Terre – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Monsoon – Cuts as per their sizing labels, some garments this season have come up on the big side so you may need to go down

Wallis – Cuts in the larger side so you may well need to go down a size

Phase 8 and Fenwright Manson – Cuts as per their sizing labels, renowned for the Apple body shape and ladies who carry weight on their tummy, super illusionising shapes

Principles – Cuts as per the sizing label

Ralf Lauren – Cuts on the small side in some garments, so you may need to go up a size

LK Bennet – Cuts on the small side in some garments, so you may need to go up a size

Primark – Cuts as per their sizing labels in most cases but also cuts on the small side in some garments, so you may need to go up a size

Jaegar – Cuts as per their sizing labels, some garments this season have come up on the big side so you may need to go down

Hobbs – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Whistles – Cuts as per their sizing labels in most cases but also cuts on the small side in some garments, so you may need to go up a size

Dorothy Perkins – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Reiss – Cuts as per their sizing labels, can come up on the smaller size so always try the next size up

Hobbs – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Coast – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Dickens & Jones – Cuts as per their sizing labels

New Look – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Mango – Renowned for cutting on the small side in their trousers but in most tops as per the size label

Superdry – The fit is as per their size labels, mainly S,M,L,XL

Hollister & Abercrombie – Renowned for cutting on the small side, so always try the next size up

Nicole Fahri – Cuts as per their sizing labels, can come up on the smaller size so always try the next size up

Mary Portas – Always cuts on the larger size so do take in a smaller size to the changing room

Banana Republic – Cuts as per their sizing labels

Ralph Lauren – Cuts as per the sizing label, just remember it is American sizing

White Stuff – Cuts as per the sizing labels

Fat Face – Cuts as per the sizing labels

So, please don’t worry about the size label, it really does not hold much weight with sizing anymore!

I hope you find this useful, if you do struggle let me guide you through the high street in an express personal shopping trip.

If I’ve missed any of your favourite stores drop me an email and I’ll give you an insight into their sizing.

Lots of love

Lisa