I saw a blouse that I liked in M&S but (as usual) they only had it in sizes 8 and 20. I ordered one in size 14, collected it yesterday, tried it on when I got home---and it's vast. I got out my trusty tape measure, measured the width underarm---51 inches. When I used to make my own clothes, I always reckoned on roughly bust size plus about 4 inches for underarm measurement. Now I've got to trail back into town for a refund---or maybe try on that size 8 !!
I always used to find that Bonmarche were generous in sizing, but they have a new designer now instead of David Emmanuel,and I don`t like their clothes much anymore. I don`t know if he`s had anything to do with the difference in sizing.
I know just what you mean. These days the sizing differs from shop to shop. In one I’m a size 12, in another a 14 and in a third, size 16. I’ve even gone up to an 18. It’s so hard to know just what size we are these days!,