Old Favourites, New Jeans and Sizing

I’m not going to wax lyrical about my love for this Warehouse jumper, as I raved about it a couple of weeks ago and I don’t want to sound like a stuck record. Same goes for this Collectif swing coat, I just love it so much! The houndstooth, the volume, the faux fur – together they make the perfect winter coat. The boots have also made an appearance on my previous blog – I’ll get round to migrating the old content over here at some point.

But enough of my old favourite pieces, let’s talk about these jeans. They were a bit of an impulse buy from Gap. I was looking for plain indigo skinnies in the sales that I could tuck into boots for the winter season, and when I tried them on I decided I needed to buy them. The velvet piping down the side is a little bit different, and a nod to the mega trend for velvet that’s everywhere at the moment. They’re comfy, the perfect length to sit just above ankle boots or flats, and the mid-rise is a great fit for me. They’re actually labelled as super-high-rise but that’s really not the case, as you can probably see.

Here’s the funny thing though, it’s a good job I tried them on without looking at the label, as they were marked as a size 18. I looked at the label a good few times to double check. Now, I am not a size 18. Sometimes I’m a size 14 with brands who tend to size small. This jumper is a size 16, but that’s because I wanted it oversized. It’s fairly obviously a mistake in the jeans label, but it still got me thinking a bit about sizing.

Now, I’m fairly comfortable with my size, I think I’m fairly average. I’m 5’4, and I wear clothes ranging from an 8 to a 16 (or apparently now an 18). Most of what I own is a size 12, but I also have items marked small up to XXL. Even though I know my size and I’m ok with it, a small pang of fear gripped me as I thought of myself as a size 18 in jeans. Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a size 18 in jeans, but for my height and body composition, it wouldn’t be healthy. And to go from a 12 to an 18 overnight is quite ridiculous.

It just made me think for a second how damaging sizing labels can be and that’s a shame. There’s plenty of talk on the interweb about Vanity sizing, and how it works both ways. It’s frustrating enough trying to find the right size across various stores in the first place, but the fact that a mere number can so easily affect our self image is something that makes me a bit sad. If I manage to achieve anything with this little blog of mine, it’s to encourage people to wear what they want. Regardless of size, shape or anything else, I really believe that the clothes we wear should make us feel good. Fashion, for me, is a way to express yourself, and if it makes you happy then that should be all that matters.

Anyway, that’s enough introspection from me, here are some more pictures of my new denim. This style is still available online in a few sizes – I’m sure they’ll all be labelled correctly and mine were a one off factory error!

Coat: Collectif (sold out online but keep an eye out in stores or for returns)

Jumper: Warehouse

Jeans: Gap

Boots: ASOS

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