Saturday, March 13, 2010

Clothes Shopping in Italy

I've got a bit of a reputation at work for spending every weekend shopping, which, I'd like to add, is so not true! Yes, I did go shopping this morning, but the last time I'd gone shopping before then was almost a month ago, and before then it was back when the sales started! Now that's not excessive, is it??

But I do love shopping, and living in a big city's fantastic! I'd always lived in the country or in a village, and not being able to drive or living on a bus route (seriously...) I had to depend on others to get me to town. At university I was on campus in England, and then in Urbino during the second year of my degree - and there wasn't much opportunity for shopping there! But here I can hop on the underground and be at the shops in less than half an hour - it's fantastic!!

When I go shopping, I mostly hit the centre of Milan, there are three streets I like to have a wander down. The clothes I buy are mostly from international stores, mainly H&M (loooooooove!!) and also Zara, Pimkie and Promod. So there usually isn't much of a problem with the sizes of the clothes. Yes, H&M does its own thing with the sizes, they're neither Italian or the standard European sizes, and annoyingly, there are no other sizes on the tags to give you a clue as to what the Italian size could be! But bar that, tags in international shops will give you British sizes, amongst others, obviously! But still, clothes shopping in Italy can be problematic...

To be brutally honest, if you're even a size 12 (I was a size 12-14 when I first arrived in Italy) you're going to have some problems. During a holiday in Bergamo a few months before I moved here we spent a day in Milan, and obviously did some shopping! And it was then I really realised how small Italian clothes were. Italian women are tiny, but I didn't expect things to be as bad as they were. It was a pair of jeans I tried on in Terranova, a size Large, the biggest size they had. They didn't fit. I despaired. How could a Large not fit?? And then after moving to Milan, after starting to go round the shops here, it turned out that it was the Italian equivalent of a size 14 that fitted me, not a size 12 - I definitely hadn't put on any weight since arriving in Italy, infact, I was already starting to lose some! And to make things worse, it turned out that said size was considered a plus size in Italy!! A 14 by British standards!!! I couldn't believe it.

So now as a British size 8-10, I should be down to an Italian size 40-42. To get your Italian size, add 32 to your British size, or 4 to the standard European size - but from past experience I can't say I'm very convinced... But either way, I'm having much more luck finding clothes in Italian stores these days! Maybe I should go back to Terranova and try on another pair of jeans.....

2 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You have cheered me up, Nerys. I'm glad I'm not the only one that can't fit in to Terranova's jeans!

Nerys said...

Terranova's stuff's tiny, I must admit that I haven't tried anything there for a fair while now though - I never used to bother because I knew it would never fit!!