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Ever been a size 10 and a size 16 at the same time?
Yep, thanks to the erratic sizing of women’s clothing all over the world, finding your actual size when shopping continues to be a minefield.
It’s an issue that Opera Lane stylist Breeda O’Connell helps her clients tackle daily.
“If this has happened to you, don’t panic! It’s not you – it’s the industry,” explains Breeda.
“There are a number of reasons why sizes vary. First up is the fact that many labels buy their collections from a variety of design houses and each house measures according to its own size chart. These designs are then manufactured in different countries, by different producers. So, there is bound to be a difference.”
But there’s more…
“Did you know that clothing sizes were first introduced for men’s uniforms? Hardly the ideal model for creating fashions for women. Add to that the evidence that women’s bodies have changed over the years with bigger waists, hips, and busts, but the sizing standards haven’t, then it’s no wonder we’re all confused.”
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“Realising that it’s not you and that there are several factors that contribute to sizing variations is liberating and empowering,” says Breeda.
“The fact is no two bodies are the same. Most people are not an exact, set size – they are between sizes and take different sizes top and bottom. That’s why separates are so popular – you get to pick and choose and mix and match the sizes that suit you and your unique body shape. On Opera Lane, sizes range from petite to curvy so there is plenty of scope and plenty of options available.”
Need help choosing the perfect Christmas or New Years’ outfit? To book a one-hour Express Service with Senior Stylist Breeda O’Connell on Opera Lane, visit the website.