I don't often rant on this blog, but I've had a disappointing shopping experience featuring a well-known online brand that's been doing the rounds of blogs and I thought I should raise this just in case some of my curvier readers were considering a purchase.
So Missguided (see what I did with the title there?) has been featuring in lots of blogs for its cute little skater dresses. But alas, despite their PR tweeting me that most dresses come in sizes "6-14," alas, "little" appears to be the word when it comes to their dresses. I bought this style (though maybe I should have not opted for a style only available in 2 sizes, never a good sign for a curvy blogger).
I ordered this dress in a M/L which according to their sizing chart is apparently a 12-14. But as a 14 in every high street store, I would say this dress is 10-12 at most.
Here it is next to a Topshop size 14 skater dress:
And here it is on me (sorry for the terrible picture, my camera battery died after this shot and my sister has my charger...)
As you can see it is SO tiny that it is an indecent length on 5ft nothing me. (Bartimaeus said it looked like a tutu. It's only marginally longer than one).
I suppose it's Missguided's choice to market their dresses to slim girls, though it's a shame because skater dresses look nice on curvy girls. And because a 14 is the UK average now, and it's surely not unreasonable to expect dresses to come in size 14 and 16 (at the very least) across the board.
But either way, this dress doesn't even conform with what I would consider a size 12-14. And my experience with this dress has been further soured by the fact that they don't do free returns, and it will cost me £3.10 to return a dress that is unhelpfully labelled and sized.
I know lots of bloggers love Missguided, but I won't be ordering again for fear of other dresses being equally as tiny. And I'll be signing up to Retro Chick's Campaign for Clearer Sizing. It would've saved me £3.10 in this case, a trip to the Post Office, and the less-than-pleasant feelings we all get when we try a dress we like but that's far too small.