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Being a size 10, 12, 14, 16 etc - waist size in inches?

MD
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  • Being a size 10, 12, 14, 16 etc - waist size in inches?

    Is there a common waist measurement which determines your size?

    Ive been looking online at skirts and several sites are different for a size 14 i've seen waist sizes of 32" to 36"

    I've just measured myself and wished I hadn't...

    Caitlin born 10/12/1999

    Ethan born 4/11/2008

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    • Bubs
    • Joined on 13 Jun 2002
    • United Kingdom
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      5,730

    I wear size 10 jeans from Top Shop and they are 28".  

  • Re: Being a size 10, 12, 14, 16 etc - waist size in inches?

    These are my own personal waist mearsurements

    36" - size 16

    34" - Size 14

    32" - Size 12

    30" - Size 10

    I know all of these becauase I do my measurements rather than weigh myself now.  For shops with a 30" waist (prior to christmas) I was able to buy a size 10 in fatface, some New Look and some Next. I was a size 12 in Coast and a size 14 in Boden

     

    A huge difference tbh, I really wish shops would come up with clothes sizes that actually match other shops, it would make online shopping soooo much better!

    Love is not about finding someone you can live with but finding someone you can't live without. 

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    Waist size in inches?  In furlongs more like *wanders back to BT*

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    MG - you have an excuse.  Smile

    Caitlin born 10/12/1999

    Ethan born 4/11/2008

  • Re: Being a size 10, 12, 14, 16 etc - waist size in inches?

    size 10   26 inches

    12  28

    14   30

    16    32

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    • Ronypoo
    • Joined on 9 Jul 2007
    • Northamptonshire
    • Posts
      957

    Depends on the brand- the japanses brands like Uniglo come up rather small. I'm an hourglass so often i need to go up a waist size to get the right fit on hips ( def with jeans).I bought two jumpers in the sales, thankfully i tried tham on first - one i needed a 10, the other a size 14.

    Go by your mesurements rather than the very non standard sizing!

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    if i'm being organised and in a hurry i measure myself then take the tape measure with me and measure the clothes before i try them on. it saves the hassle of trying on a dozen pairs to get one that fits.

    trapped in a box by a cockney nutjob...
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    Wow haven't sizes changed, I was a teenager in the late 60's and the "official" measurements were:

     

    Size 10 - bust 32, waist 22, hip 34

    Size 12 - bust 34, waist 24, hip 36

    Size 14 - bust 36, waist 26, hip 38.

     

    Just as now lots of girls aspired to be a size 10 - and loads of them were, I was definitely.  I would imagine that would be thought of as a rather skinny unhealthy size these days but nearly all my friends were a 10 or 12.  Shops didn't stock 6's or 8's as far as I remember and no one had heard of a size zero, mind you, using the sizes above a size zero would be bust 20, waist 10, hip 24 so pretty impossible really!!

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    • MD
    • Joined on 5 Nov 2006
    • The Cold North
    • Posts
      4,716

    No - most shops vary

  • Re: Being a size 10, 12, 14, 16 etc - waist size in inches?

    Just measured mine and it's 28". I'm about a 12 at the moment.

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    • Twigi
    • Joined on 6 Jan 2006
    • United Kingdom
    • Posts
      1,096

    Moose in the Garage:

    Wow haven't sizes changed, I was a teenager in the late 60's and the "official" measurements were:

    Size 10 - bust 32, waist 22, hip 34

    Size 12 - bust 34, waist 24, hip 36

    Size 14 - bust 36, waist 26, hip 38.

    I'm a dressmaker and work by these very old standards.  Most patterns companies still use them (or something very similar) and all my old self made patterns are based around it.  So, I have to be really careful when making a pattern for anyone as I usually end up making it 2 or 3 sizes larger than they are expecting so I'm very careful not to let them know this or mark their size on any paperwork they are likely to see.  As a lady who says she is a size 12 would be insulted if she knew I was making her a size 16!!

    Baby boy September 2007

    Baby girl October 2009

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    That's the thing isn't it - people are larger these days, I don't mean necessarily fatter at all, but larger, probably due to better pre natal nutrition and better nutrition for babies and children but people still have the concept of sizes 10, 12, 14 being the ones they want to be so the clothes companies keep the same numbers but make the clothes bigger because if they label them according to the old size scheme people don't want them.

     

    Sorry that was a very long sentence, haven't got time to redo it!

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