We asked over 250 people how brands' clothes fit so that you never buy a wrong size again.
We’ve all done it - sashayed into a fitting room with a bunch of clothes slung over our arm and then discovered that NOTHING. FITS. In theory, our usual size should fit across stores, but as we all know, that’s often not the case. Some brands are notorious for their tiny sizing, while others are more generous. Whether you’re shopping for clothes online or in store, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle if you know roughly what their sizes look like. We’ve asked hundreds of shoppers how clothes fit to help you find the right size.
Missguided - Often Fits Slightly Too Small
When we asked TSR users about Missguided’s sizing, it was a dead heat between the people saying their sizing is just right and those saying it runs small. This means that if you’re between sizes or opting for something more fitted, it’s probably worth picking the bigger size. greeneyedgirl recommends sizing up in trousers, although she’s found that dresses seem to be sized more accurately.
ASOS - Fits Just Right
Overall, people seem to be pretty happy with ASOS’s sizing for its own-brand clothes, though a few people have found that the sizes run a little smaller than usual for items such as jeans. ASOS has a great returns policy, so if you’re not sure about which size to go for, it could be worth ordering your usual size and the size up and returning one.
Zara - Often Fits Too Small
Zara sizing is often on the snug side - 40% of the people we polled who have worn Zara clothing said that it runs small. TSR user fran.ha advises that people size up at Zara where possible, though Zara has previously come under fire for its relatively limited range of sizes. Zara uses lettered sizing, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at their size guide to find out which size to go for.
Topshop - Mostly Fits Just Right
New Look - Fits Just Right
Good news - the TSR community are pretty much unanimous in saying that New Look clothing runs true to size, and it topped our poll of the brands most likely to fit just right. The main thing to watch out for is jeans - ellie0497 says they tend to run a little bigger, so you may want to consider downsizing on New Look jeans if you prefer a tighter fit.
H&M - Often Fits Too Small
H&M is notorious for its inconsistent sizing. In general, the TSR community finds that H&M clothes are smaller than their usual size, so it might be worth sizing up by one or two sizes, especially for things like trousers. However, H&M announced in mid-2018 that they were making their women’s clothing sizes bigger - if this solves the issue of their dodgy sizing for you, let other members know in the forums.
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Boohoo - Mixed So Order Two Sizes
Just under half of the people we polled said that Boohoo clothing tends to run small, but some people on the forums have found Boohoo’s sizing generous. TSR user Disenchanted finds Boohoo’s sizing on the bigger side, so as is often the case, your best bet may be to order two sizes if you’re not sure and send one back (don’t forget to take advantage of their student discount!).
Hollister - Mixed So Order Two Sizes
The jury’s out on Hollister - the TSR community seems to find the sizing a bit hit and miss. In general, the sizes seem to run small, but several people have reported that their normal size is very generous. Bear in mind that Hollister uses XS, S, M, L sizing rather than numbers, so it’s definitely worth checking their size charts before you buy.
River Island - Fits Too Big
Primark - All Over The Place
Ooh, Primark. Where do we start… it doesn’t seem as if there’s much rhyme or reason to Primark’s sizing according to TSR users in this thread. However, in mid-2018 they announced that they were switching to lettered sizing rather than numerical sizing to improve consistency and inclusivity - if you’ve found that this has improved Primark’s sizing, let the community know in the forums.
Pull&Bear - Fits Too Small
All Saints - Fits Too Small
If you find that your normal size in All Saints is a little tight, you’re not alone - other TSR users agree with you. However, it doesn’t appear to be as big an issue as brands like H&M or Mango, so clothes in your normal size made from stretchier fabrics may fit just fine.
Dorothy Perkins - Fits Just Right
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