Poll results: Should there be a universal sizing system for high street stores?

April 17, 2013 - News

sizing92210262WEBClothing sizes often vary depending on which store you’re shopping in, so last week we asked LighterLifers on Facebook if there should be a universal sizing system for high street clothing shops. This topic generated quite a lot of debate among you – it seems that we’ve all had problems finding the right size.

The votes were overwhelmingly in favour of all stores using the same sizing system, while just four voters said they were happy with the way things are right now.

Size confusion

“I have no idea what size I am and it’s a total pain! Partly that’s due to weight loss, but mostly due to their inconsistency of sizes. Internet shopping is a total no no,” said LighterLife fan Dawn Lynch.

It seems the problem isn’t only a discrepancy between stores, but also within the same shop in some cases.

“I got a shirt from Primark which was an XL, but I was never able to get into it until I’d down to a size M in most of their other clothes. I’m now a size S but I just refuse to wear that shirt because it says XL,” said Mike Quinn.

Some users felt that sizing labels weren’t important to them at all.

“Clothing size isn’t a definition of whether you are fat or skinny. Hence, I shop for what I look good and feel comfortable in. Enjoy the clothes!” said Benï Lewis.

The ‘average’ size

The average UK size is getting bigger. According to a poll by Marks & Spencer, the average UK woman is now a size 14, up from a size 12 a decade ago. And it’s not just our dress sizes getting bigger – the same survey found that our cups now runneth over, with the average cup size ballooning from a B to a C.

What’s your opinion on high street sizes? Do you think all stores should use the same sizing system? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

3 thoughts on “Poll results: Should there be a universal sizing system for high street stores?


Although generally we all shop fir the clothes we look good in it would be great if could buy the same size in each store. This would save us busy working mums having to try everything in or having to return them. This is also the sane fir children’s clothes. Sorry rant over.

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