I posted the following status last week on my personal facebook page:
“So yesterday, I went and tried on clothes. I tried on a size 2 dress, a size 4 skirt, a pair of size 5 jeans, a pair of size 9 jeans, a skirt marked XS, and some capris tagged M. They all fit. The moral of this story? Women’s clothing sizes are all bullshit.”
The response was overwhelming.
This got me thinking: why are women’s clothing size charts like some sort of evil science experiment or sadistic math problem?
I read this article on cracked.com, which a friend of mine shared with me and it offered insight to a lot of things about women’s clothing in general. My favorite section though, was what it had to say on Women’s clothing sizes:
“This isn’t just a recent trend. Women’s clothing manufacturers have been making up sizes as far back as sizes have existed. According to one fashion historian, a 32-inch bust would have come out to a size 14 in a 1937 Sears catalog, while being labeled a size 8 in 1967, and coming down to a size 0 in today’s terms.”
The question is why and the answer is simple.
Ladies, look in your mirrors right now, this is your entire fault.
The obsession with being a smaller and smaller size, especially in today’s culture, has caused many brands to not only change their sizing scales, but also assign completely arbitrary numbers to articles of clothing which have no meaning. It is utterly baffling to know your size without trying something on, and the worst part is that even once you know your size, the store may adjust their scale a few years later to accommodate younger and smaller size customers….like Forever 21 did for example.
I noticed size disparity when I worked at the Timeless Trends booth at Otakon on Saturday as well. The sizes some women gave me were just laughable in how wrong they were.
Why can’t we have a regular sizing chart with numbers reflecting our actual measurements?
Because women don’t like knowing their actual measurements. Some women will think it’s the end of the world to hear they have a 28 inch waist instead of a 25 inch waist, or 38 inch hips instead of 36 inch hips. Having a smaller number size makes a woman feel better, and when women feel better about their size, they buy more clothes. It’s as simple as that.
But maybe it’s time we stop caring about the numbers. There’s so much pressure on women to be this shape and not that shape, be this size and not that size…..we should just embrace what we have, as long as we are healthy. Isn’t that all that really matters?
But until then, I guess my size range is anywhere from XS-to 11 and L-0.