Friday, 06 January 2017

The Average Woman Will Change Dress Size 31 Times in Her Lifetime

The average woman will change dress size 31 times during the course of her adult life, according to new research. Key size-gain spikes in life are having kids, moving in with a partner and the first years of marriage – while major size-drops occur pre-wedding, after the loss of someone close and following break-ups.

Regular 'blips' happen during Christmas and the winter period – and also after holidays away. Men will typically go up or down a clothes size on 24 occasions as an adult – with a third identifying stress at work as the reason for the change.

The research of 1,000 women and 1,000 men was commissioned by Fits Me, a fit tool that helps shoppers to find their perfect size.

Stuart Simms, CEO at Fits Me said: "Getting clothes that fit can be very tricky at the best of times and changes in size aren't necessarily due to life events. However the results show that it is perfectly normal to go up and down clothes size, regardless of gender.

"Ultimately whether your clothes size changes or not, the important thing is feeling confident in yourself – and getting the fit right is a key part of this."

Six in 10 women said they aren't happy with their clothes size – but it's not just the ladies with body confidence issues, as 45 per cent of men who feel the same way.

Three quarters of females own garments that no longer fit them properly with around 16 ill-fitting items found in the average woman's wardrobe. Despite owning ill fitting clothes, throwing garments away wasn't an option for half of respondents, saying they hang on to clothes that don't fit because they want to get back into them one day.

Over a fifth of Brits admit they aren't confident they know which clothing items look best on them – however three quarters said their size changes from retailer to retailer. The typical female is most happy with her clothes size aged 28 and men are most content at 29 years old. In contrast, women are most dissatisfied with their proportions at 38 while males feel similarly aged 39.

The number one boost to people's confidence when clothes shopping is seeing clothes they like – followed by getting something that fits well and finding an item in the sale.

Fits Me have produced a document called ''5 Reasons Why Size Isn't Fit' and it's available to download here: fits.me/whitepaper-download-5-reasons-why-size-isnt-fit/

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