‘I’ve tried size 14 jeans from Next, George and New Look – they all had different fits’

A writer set out to find out how sizing varies in high street stores, when he bought a pair of size 14 jeans from stores such as Next, George and New Look.

Abby McHale tried on size 14 jeans at six different stores (stock photo)

As any woman will tell you, figuring out your dress size isn’t as easy as finding the perfect fit in a store – because someone who fits into size 14 pants in a high street store may have hard to make the button on a size 16 in another.

But of all the things we go to on the high street for, finding the perfect pair of jeans always seems to be the hardest, especially if you love shopping for your flattering denim pieces.

In fact, research suggests nearly half of women struggle to buy jeans – which is why The Sun sent fashion editor Abby McHale to six different stores to directly compare their denim sizes.

Abby – who is Fabulous’ senior stylist – bought a pair of size 14 jeans from River Island, Next, New Look, George from Asda, Zara and M&S to see how different the size is.

Marks & Spencer jeans modeled on their website



Jean Next modeled on their site



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River Island

The writer claimed the £42 denim from River Island fit her perfectly and was one of her favorite pairs, having measured the waistband at 34 1/2 inches.

However, Abby was confused when she checked the size guide on the River Island website for clarification when she returned home from her shopping trip, as the website stated that size 14 should only only wear a size 30 1/2 inch.

This low rise figure is also much lower than other high street store figures, and if the jeans she purchased had actually been this size, they would have been about 1 1/2 inches smaller than other sizes 14.


Abby found Next’s jeans too big, as a size 14 measures 34 inches at the waist.

Some jeans were difficult to put on (stock photo)


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She also noted that while Next – which sells its jeans for £24 – is great at offering various options for the small, regular and tall varieties of jeans, they don’t have a clear waistband indication on their website – this which means you’ll have to break out the tape measure if you really want to check your jeans’ waistline.

After replacing the oversized 14 with a size 12, which had a 32-inch waist, Abby found the jeans fit her “perfectly”.

New look

New Look are pricing their jeans at £29.99 and size 14 wears a 33 1/2 inch waist.

Abby said she already had a pair of these jeans in her everyday wardrobe, but noted that when trying on a new pair she struggled with the buttons at first – although she did managed to slip in.

She also said that once she wore them for a while, the stiffness in the waist started to loosen up and they became much more comfortable to wear.

Much like Next, New Look’s online size guide focuses on leg length rather than waistband size.

George at Asda

Abby claimed she was unable to find a size guide when shopping online on the Asda website for her George clothing line, and the only indication of size was the image caption, which read, “Our model is 5’6″ and wears a size 8.”

When she picked up the size 14 jeans, the writer found that they “got on easily and closed well” – and didn’t feel too loose, even though he was wearing a size 34 1/2 inch.


The style expert struggled with Zara’s £45.99 jeans because even with their claims of a 34-inch waist, the size 14 Abby tried on needed a ‘tweak’ to reassemble and tie.

Zara’s offer was “one of the most flattering pairs” Abby has tried on, but she decided to go up to a size 16 because she needed “a little more flexibility” to that they are really comfortable.

Unfortunately, size 16 was “way too big”.


The jeans from Marks & Spencer were priced at £39.50 and labeled as 31 3/4 inches in the waist.

According to Abby, the jeans she tried on “were easy to put on and were super comfortable,” to the point that she actually considered them too big for her, and she swapped them for a size 12.

The writer noted that the style is described as “baggy”, so she expected a looser fit overall.


During her research, Abby discovered that jeans size seems to be “just a number” when it comes to our favorite stores, as the size 14 she tried on ranged from 31 3/4 inches up to 34 1/2 inches at the waist – but it’s the smallest labeled pair that’s actually been the tallest in training.

Speaking to Lauren Bell, senior designer at fashion brand supplier Renfold, Abby also discovered that big box stores don’t “standardize their denim” the same way they do with other clothes. .

Lauren said: “It’s because today’s fast fashion culture doesn’t allow time to execute everything perfectly.”

There are also size discrepancies due to the stretchiness of some spandex-containing jeans compared to those without.

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