Dear Primark…

Dear Primark,

Oh hey there, delightful land of fashion bargains. Yes, you – don’t be shy now. I have a bit of a bone to pick with you, and I’ve just got to come out and say it. It’s about your pants. Knickers, panties, undergarments. They’ve gone slightly off the rails (not literally. Although I’m sure you do sell rather a lot of them).

Primark Pants Knickers

I have been a dedicated fan of your pants for many a year, particularly the style with the generous lacy frill at the top. They’re comfy, affordable and pretty darn cute. In fact, I’ve bought so many pairs that some of them are rather past their best. I decided yesterday that I needed to venture to your store to purchase some more. I’m loyal when it comes to where my buns rest, and it could be in no other pants but yours.

As I wandered into your Manchester lingerie section, I was greeted with mountains of pants. Hooray, I thought – the designs looked gorgeous and there were plenty of lacey trims to pick from. After browsing around for a minute, overhearing some delightful conversations from my fellow Mancunians (“Danni, I don’t care what my knickers look like anymore. I haven’t got time to worry about it, arse is still going to look saggy”) I found the stand I’d been after.

Primark Pants Knickers

I rummaged through the piles of lace-trimmed delights for a good 5 minutes, and something suddenly occurred to me. My trusty size 8-10 pants were nowhere to be seen. Instead, there were options either side – 6-8 or 10-12 (plus larger sizes following the same pattern).

Now I know that this may sound a little petty, but hear me out. The size 6-8 pants (which I ended up buying) are rather snug – after all, they do have to fit a size 6 bottom at their lowest specification. In comparison, the size 10-12 knickers were considerably larger – makes sense, as they have to fit a size 12 at their highest specification. So you see my problem here – whereas the old middle-ground (for me) 8-10 fit my cheeks like a glove, the others leave me out in the cold. And when we’re talking bums, that’s not a nice place to be.

Primark Pants Knickers

I understand that your new sizing plan will be to save money, bundling as many size spectrums together as possible, but please consider rethinking this change. My derrière doesn’t want to wave goodbye to your beautiful briefs, but I may have no choice.

Lots of love,

Chyaz xox



  1. Ally kat
    January 9, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    I have the same problem hun. I have always been a 12-14 in Primark as I am a size 12-14 in all clothes. But now it’s either 10-12 which for my curvey frame are too small. So I now have to buy 14-16 which one makes me sad as I feel I’m having to buy bigger sizes and two they are a little too big. Very annoying

    • January 9, 2014 / 1:10 pm

      It’s so frustrating! I wonder if we could ever get them to reconsider… xo

    • Rebecca
      January 9, 2014 / 5:14 pm

      I’m the same! They must have been phasing them out when I last went in as there were some, just not many. Bugger. Like Chyaz, I’m pretty pants loyal, and it seems like we wore the same ones!

      Guess I’m gonna have to either lay off or ramp up the pie eating.

  2. January 9, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    Fully agree with this! I’m stuck in that awkward ‘size 9’ stage, 6-8 is just too small.

    • January 9, 2014 / 1:17 pm

      Me too!! Super annoying x

  3. January 9, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    I hate shopping for knickers and am really fussy! I prefer shorts and thought I’d struck gold at m and s especially as the bridal pants I bought (8-10) fit perfectly. I don’t know whether it’s something everyone is doing now but I found 6-10 and 10-12 and thought the latter looked too big while the smaller seemed teeny! Their fabric also, despite being in lovely designs, doesn’t seem to have the same stretch and flexibility and hasn’t washed as well. Also, goodness help me because I get told I’m skinny, I am finding the 10-12 too tight and I certainly shouldn’t be needing a 14-16!!! Where can we go for good pants?

  4. Jessica Strudwick
    January 9, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    Its so annoying when that happens. But when i cant find my size r find any i like, i have a look in the packet undies section. they retail at £3.00 and have MANY amazing designs and are in loads of designs, such as thongs (with the filly/lacy comfy bit at the top), bikini, ect. it is deffintly worth looking. hope i helped 🙂

  5. Sarah
    January 9, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    They’ve done a similar thing with their super cosy tights – I bought medium a few years ago and they fit perfectly. Now they’re s/m or l/xl. The s/m are too short for me (I’m a pretty average 5’5!) and the l/xl are long enough, but too big.

    I really don’t care how much money they’re saving by sizing their things dodgily this, I just want things that fit!

  6. Stephanie Samuel
    January 10, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    This is my fave of your blog posts 🙂

    Stay Creative Chy xxx

  7. Rhiannon
    January 14, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    I fell out with Primark pants quite some years ago, they just never lasted very long. My favourite place to buy pants is Bhs, they might cost a bit more but they’re comfy and they do lots of nice ones. And they wear well! Boux avenue also have lots of nice pants and 3 for 2 offers on their seperates pants. Xx

  8. Sally
    September 25, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Absolutely this! I am exactly that and 8-10 with a tendency to be more of an 8. I am certainly not a 6 however. This has caused a problem for me with their sizing since it was introduced.

    However, yesterday I succumbed as needing new knickers and being pretty poor right now I went to Primark for some. I deliberated on the knickers – which to get? I plumped for the 10-12 worried however that they were going to give me baggy bottom. What do I find however? They are too darn small! I’ve tried on two pairs and the same for both, otherwise I would say they are labelled wrongly. I suppose they still might be. Even their 8-10’s used to be a little roomy for me but not enough to go down in size but now I am just perplexed. And annoyed. I have a choice of going knickerless, cutting off the blood supply to very important parts or trying to take them back (not going to happen!) Stupid that’s what it is.

    For the record I have no trousers or skirts currently that are not an 8, so it is not me – it’s them!

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