Here is another great guest post from Debz who blogs at www.wannabeprincess.co.uk , she has some really interesting points about how clothes sizes differ in various shops. Thanks for a great post Debz :-)
My name is Debz and I run The (Not So) Secret Diary of A Wannabe Princess. I haven’t ever written a guest post before so please bear with me!
The subject of my blog mainly plus size fashion – although there is a splash of dating, lifestyle and beauty thrown in too! I wanted to write a blog post that would suit everyone, as I know not everyone wants to read or has an interest in plus size issues.
In the end I decided to write about clothes sizes... so I hope some of you find it useful!
I bet, as soon as you read the word clothes sizes, in the back of your mind you thought of the dress size that you are. Maybe you are a size 10, maybe you’re a 14... maybe you are a size 18 who wants to be a size 14 – whatever it is, I bet you know what dress size you are!
If you are anything like I used to be – you’ll search a clothes rack for the size you wear – if they don’t have it you’ll walk away disappointed that you couldn’t get the item you wanted. However, I recently learnt that there are no rules as to what clothes sizes should be labelled as – what is a size 12 in one shop could be a 10 in another or a 14 in another. I have now gotten into the habit of ignoring clothes sizes and listening to the clothes instead. Look at them, see how much stretch they have, hold them against your body and see how they seem they would fit. It can be scary to have to wear a 14 in one shop when you are used to wearing something much smaller – but you need to listen to what you need to wear rather than missing out!
Once you get your head around the fact that clothes sizes are practically useless you open up a whole world of new clothing possibilities. You no longer have to miss out because they don’t have your size – because your clothing size is flexible, just like your beautiful body!
Once you do this, you’ll get used to which clothing shops you can size down in or which ones you have to size up in. I wear Primark knickers that are around 5 sizes smaller than I would ‘usually wear’ because they are so stretchy – they fit just fine! When I shop at ASOS Curve I generally wear a size or two smaller than I would if I was shopping from Yours Clothing (for example). It can be trial and error, but it is worth looking at your options and working out what is going to be best for you.
Clothes sizes mean nothing because retailers can basically put any labels on clothes that they want, so you shouldn’t let them back you feel bad. Who cares that you have to size up in order to be able to buy the dress you want – cut the label out if it makes you feel that bad!
Body image and feeling good about yourself is something I am passionate about, so if you feel like reading more then come say hi at www.wannabeprincess.co.uk – You can ignore the fat fashion posts don’t worry!
Have a great day!