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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!)
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    I remember St.Michael (we were a british colony). By the time I understood money we'd move away from pounds shilling and pence (1966). We just took the Queen off our money (1980). Independence was 1973
    47 days ago
    I can remember having a 26” waist, many moons ago...
    47 days ago
    Awww... clothing sizes have always been a mystery here in the states.
    48 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Yes things have changed so much. Sizes then and now are such a surprise. Plus now each manufacturer has their own idea of what a particular size is. I still have a way to go to get to ideal size. I'm just dealing with health issues and injuries 1st.
    48 days ago
    That is so interesting about the money conversion. I didn't know about that! One of my friends, who never changes weight, swears that the size 6 she wears today is not the same size 6 she wore in high school 35 years ago.
    48 days ago
    OH sizing on women's clothes drives me batty! But just have to get what fits @ the moment and work towards being fit (and healthy! With all your activity, I am sure you ARE BOTH!)

    48 days ago
    Vanity has driven the quest to turn the "old" size 14 into today's 8. As for waist measurement? At 73 my hourglass figure is long gone, I am a lean machine but I suspect gravity has moved some of my bust down to my waist area so what was once 36/26 is now 33/30. I don't care one bit! emoticon
    48 days ago
    We have a similar problem here in the U.S. with clothing sizes. But it's compounded by the fact that upscale brands have always had a smaller size on their tag than the exact same piece in an off brand. Rich women had to be thin, LOL. emoticon
    48 days ago
    haha, they taught us in school (fifty years ago) that we were going to metric, still don't use it myself!
    48 days ago
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