Coats: Do you buy a size up?

edited 10 November 2010 at 10:12AM in Health & beauty MoneySaving
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edited 10 November 2010 at 10:12AM in Health & beauty MoneySaving
I need your help!

I am about to buy a coat, its been a long time since I last bought a coat (YEARS!) which was 4 sizes too big (it was in the sale an 75% off...) but styled it to wrap around and fastened with a massive safty pin.

Now I want to get a decent coat, one which fits properly BUT I know I will be wearing layers underneath being that no coat is ever enough by itself.

So, question is, do you buy the next size up in? or do you buy your correct size and they automaticly fit? I can't afford to get two to compare and I also worry it will go out of stock! The brand is not well known to me so I don't know how they fit (ASOS).

Coats: Do you buy correct size or a size up? 54 votes

Correct Size
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One Size Up
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Two Sizes Up
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I Don't and will Never Own a Coat.
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  • Correct Size
    I've never bought a coat from ASOS and I suspect I shan't be much help, as I would always be too warm in layers + coat.
    I only ever buy my usual size in a coat, as I'd not have tonnes of layers underneath.
  • tara747tara747 Forumite
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    I always buy my usual size. I like coats to look fitted and feminine on the whole, and I would be way too hot in a big jumper + coat. I tend to wear light layers under a coat or jacket.

    Obviously I have a couple of more roomy casual coats for jeans and boots dress-down days and walks in the country. I suppose it depends what style of coat it is really! Can you post a link?

    p.s. to shop owners - turn your damn heating down in winter!!!!!!! It is like a sauna in most shops around now, yet we all have jackets and coats on - if they're warm enough for outside they're warm enough for inside, without sub-tropical temperatures.

    I buy far less in winter and am convinced that it's because of the heating in shops. Either I get too hot and fed up, or I end up having to take off my coat and carry it, which means I can't carry much. So either way it's not good lol!!!

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  • Correct Size
    hii tara, come back to the fashion thread (I don't know how to do that waving smiley, or it would be here!)
  • tara747tara747 Forumite
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    hii tara, come back to the fashion thread (I don't know how to do that waving smiley, or it would be here!)

    Thanks PF. :) I will come over and say hello, was on MSE waay too much for a while so went cold turkey the last few months but I have been tempted back... just need to do it all in moderation lol.

    How have you been? xo
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  • prudencekittenprudencekitten Forumite
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    One Size Up
    I'm a little on the large side and prefer clothes to hang loosely rather than cling to my fat bits, so I would buy bigger. Nothing worse than the sack of potatoes tied in the middle look.
  • One Size Up
    I'm a size 10 and almost always go up a size in winter coats. The only time I would buy my usual size would be in a shop that's slightly generous. Shops like ASOS aren't at all generous in my experience so I'd go up a size, but then I want to be able to get a jumper underneath and prefer a looser fit.

    Last time I checked ASOS did free delivery and returns so you can always exchange if need be :)
  • Correct Size
    Ahh I do find ASOS tops to be very generous in sizing and have to go down! So maybe the coats will be a good size for what you are looking for?

    I am between a 10-12 in tops depending on style/shop - ASOS 10 - so I probably would opt for a 12 there if I knew I was wearing jumpers underneath. ASOS do do free returns/exchanges and luckily for me, our corner shop does returns for ASOS so saves having to go to post office and queue as you can go into the shop at any time and hand it over. They are usually fairly quick with turn arounds for exchanges/returns - last time I swapped sizes it took about a week to come back.

    Why not head into town and try a couple of jackets on when you are wearing the layers you expect to wear over it to give an idea? I would say ASOS sizes are comparible with Topshop, New Look, Miss Selfridge and Warehouse.

    HTH :) x
  • tara747 wrote: »
    p.s. to shop owners - turn your damn heating down in winter!!!!!!! It is like a sauna in most shops around now, yet we all have jackets and coats on - if they're warm enough for outside they're warm enough for inside, without sub-tropical temperatures.

    I buy far less in winter and am convinced that it's because of the heating in shops. Either I get too hot and fed up, or I end up having to take off my coat and carry it, which means I can't carry much. So either way it's not good lol!!!

    :T:T 100% agree... its one of my bugbears too - wandering round in the cold in a warm jacket, scarf etc.. then you pop into a shop, its boiling, and so uncomfortable that you leave again before properly looking round...
  • I think a lot of places do scale up the sizes of their coats slightly so you don't necessarily need to buy a bigger size. I've bought two new ones this year, both size 12 (and I'm a 12-14) and they fit beautifully, even with layers underneath.

    I don't buy from ASOS often but if they've got a free returns policy, is it a possibility to buy two sizes and return the one that fits worst?
  • juliettetjuliettet Forumite
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    Go by the shoulders if they are too big it will not hang right & look odd. Try on your normal size then one up & one down to get the best fit.

    HTH Julie
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