Size 14-16 in M&S, obese in bikes clothes
I understand that clothing companies often have different ideas on sizing but I can go into most high street shops and buy an item of clothing often in a size 14 or occasionally a size 16. I understand from the media that I am the average woman. As a relatively newbie to cycling I am obsessed with buying things for my bike (and me). I am becoming increasingly frustrated at the silly sizes being offered by biking clothing firms. I bought a large Emdura Xtract rain jacket. Loved the colour but could only zip it up by breathing in, no way could I have leNt forward on a bike. More Mile offer x large as a size 14. I put an M & S size 14 on and it flatters my bust and skims by tummy. I put on a size 16 in cycling gear and look like I have squashed my boobs into a sausage skin. Now I know there are thousands of fit cyclists with an enviably slim/trim figure , but I also see lots of women who look like me. I don't believe I am fat, Although I probably carry 10lb too much. I am as fit as a dog but carry my weight around my tummy (similar to many women in their 50's) and yet I find it almost impossible to find tops that fit. But I am insulted by the fact that a size 12 is a large and a 14 is an extra large. These clothing companies are missing out on a huge market, the size 14,16 (and even size 18's) who simply love getting on their bike and riding. Does anyone else have the same problem or is it really just me? Are there any firms who provide fashionable clothing at a reasonable price?