What's that in old money?
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Haha! Living in the UK, we changed from pounds, shillings and pence and 'went decimal' in 1971........... I was 17 yrs old. Not many of us can still do the conversion.......... and inflation has made it now sound quite ridiculous! The idea that we could have been paid 50p an hour sounds ludicrous - that we could buy sweets at 4-a-penny etc.
A couple of months ago (just before the shops closed) a brightly coloured skirt caught my eye in a charity shop. It's a lovely mid-length skirt, with a fake wrap-over, and a flowing viscose material in shades of red.
I currently wear jeans and dresses in a (UK) size 8 and 10. This skirt was a size 14 - and the label was 'St Michael' which is the old brand name for Marks & Spencer. It only just goes round me!
In other words - in 'old money' I'm a size 14!!! Which I'd have been shocked by back in the 1980s! I was always at size 12.
It doesn't matter - because it's not just me who has changed - we all have, and all the sizes have - the new normal is for a female in the UK to have a 30" waist. I'd have been appalled by that when I was in my 20s - the aim was 24" and I usually had a 25" waist.
I know I'm older and I've had a child ............... but, gosh, it did make me think.
At the moment I'm in the 'healthy' range weight-wise - and my waist size is also acceptable. However I'm trying to get my weight down a few pounds (see my tracker) - and once I've done that, I'm going to have a go at measuring my waist and seeing if I can influence that too.
There is nothing new in this blog - this stuff if common knowledge, but for some reason the label in that skirt hit me hard because it's a brand I'm very familiar with. Anyway, from now on, I'll be shopping with a tape-measure (at least that measurement is relatively fixed!)