"What a joke." Julia ordered a $29 size 8 dress, then it... arrived.

We’ve all fallen victim to a bad online shopping purchase. It’s a risky business, given the ridiculous inconsistency in women’s clothing sizes.

Sometimes something is too big or doesn’t suit you how you hoped it would, despite you ordering it in ‘your size’.

And sometimes, the item is so small it can barely fit over your leg.


British student Julia Magowan ordered an AU$29 Black Mesh Ruched Bodycon Dress from online retailer Pretty Little Thing but when it arrived, she realised the garment was definitely not a usual size 8.

On Twitter, Julia shared photos showing that it could barely fit past her thigh when she tried to put it on.


Pretty Little Thing’s website describes the dress as “featuring a nude material with a mesh overlay and ruched detailing”. It’s made from 95% polyester and 5% elastane but there is no warning to say this style runs small.

Julia’s image is not the first time sizing variations have made headlines recently: A viral photo from earlier in March summed up everything that was wrong with women’s clothing.

Twitter user Chloe Martin shared an image of seven pairs of jeans that were all labelled size 12, but dramatically varied in size.

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