Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Size ain't nothing but a number.

I have to confess I have a mild addiction to buying jackets. It all started many years ago when the one coat I had was looking a bit shabby and I went searching for a new jacket but do you think I could find one to meet my smart casual needs. Since then I have been a bit like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the wind – I will never go jacketless again. Hence my obsession with buying any jacket that takes my fancy. Hey they are an investment as my fine array can be worn year after year, or so i tell myself.


So I was very excited when I saw my latest addition. A lovely black, padded jacket. It is super light weight but is surprisingly cosy and warm, think of a mini light duvet. The slight biker style with its buckle at the neck and mock elbow pads appeals to my inner rock chick and the cosyness appeals to …well my need to be cosy, I am a cold creature and like to be prepared in these Irish summers.

There is one thing that puzzles me about this jacket, and why I felt the need to blog about it. As I rummaged through the rails in H&M looking for my size, I was delighted after passing by all the 6’s and 8’s to find a 14. I tried it on and it fit comfortably, the sleeves covered my wrists and when zipped and belted I did not look like a parcel tied in the middle, in fact ( as pointed out by my shopping buddy Mags) I had enough room to wear a jumper under it if I wanted. So happily I pottered off to the till, it was only when I checked the price tag that I realised it was actually a size 18.

The 14 that I had read was the US size. I know due to recessionary times I have not been clothes shopping in a while but when did the manufacturing companies change the sizes. I am usually a 12-14, I usually get a 14 on top as I don’t like to squash the ladies ( my cup runnith over if you know what I mean). But surely I have not blossomed to an 18 ???

Well size aint nothing but a number so I bought the jacket anyway but I just wish manufacturers would have standard sizes. I am easily confused and trying to work out what size I am in different shops is just too much. I hate trying on clothes and I shouldn’t have to bring 4 sizes into the changing room with me to get the right fit.



Still love my jacket though.
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6 comments:

  1. If that happened to me I would go home and cry... well actually I'd probably go home and drown my sorrows with a six pack of Tayto.

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  2. I would be delighted to be looking for a 14 in the first place! Wait, I've just calculated what my actual H&M size is .... pass the tayto, Síle!

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  3. I don't worry about sizes at all- they are so random these days. If I like it and it fits in whatever size, I buy it!! Although French connection are annoying....I've had size 8 blouses that are more of a 14 and size 10 blouses that are like a 6! No good for buying online- trying on is a must- or order one in everysize!! :-)

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  4. I don't worry about sizes at all- they are so random these days. If I like it and it fits in whatever size, I buy it!! Although French connection are annoying....I've had size 8 blouses that are more of a 14 and size 10 blouses that are like a 6! No good for buying online- trying on is a must- or order one in everysize!! :-)

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  5. I've given up on sizes lately cos they're so random, if it fits I'll buy it regardless of size on label. It does mean trying lots of different sizes on though which is a pain.

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  6. Yesterday i wore a size 18 jacket but my trousers were a size 10 (Dunnes), would it be wrong to wear then inside out to show off the label ;)

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