Being in London today (of which more in a mo) i just had to make my way home via Oxford St and the great Top Shop shrine at the heart thereof. Not that it was a great success.
A pair of pink leggings – and a bag of wasabi popcorn (!) – were all that i had to show for my efforts.
It didn’t help, having to wrestle with their odd sizing policy. Half their garments were marked the usual sizes – 8, 10, 12, etc. The other half, or maybe two thirds had waist sizes on.
How do these two equate? I asked one of the Top Shop assistants, who confessed to “not having a clue”. Then, like some vestamentary rosetta stone, i chanced upon a pair of jeans marked both size 10 and waist 28. Aha!
I could be wrong: but logic suggested that 12 equated to a 30 – and 14 would therefore be 32. I grabbed the nearest pair of W32 skinnies and headed to the changing room.
A struggle ensued from whcih, dear reader, i did not emerge the victor. There’s always the slight issue, with skinnies, of getting them on over my foot…big feet, you see…and working round the heel can be a challenge.
And then there was the waist. Well: it did fasten. That was a result. On the other hand, it fastened at cost of serious muffin and breathing difficulties which probably meant i’d hardly get past my front door before i needed first aid.
So. Question. Is a W32 a 14 – and therefore just the case that this particular garment didn’t fit? (I have the same probs sometimes in New Look, whose 14’s at times wander down into distinctly 12-ish territory).
Or should i be looking at a W34? Surely not!