Most women know that clothing sizes change based on where you shop. You may be a size 6 at in one store, but when you go to a different store, your size may go up to an 8. Every brand makes their clothing differently, so it’s almost impossible to be “just one size.” It often times makes having labels on clothing meaningless because you never really know until you try it on.
To prove this point, one Twitter user shared a photo of seven different pairs of jeans from different brands. She told her followers that surprisingly, each pair of jeans was marked as the same exact size. Obviously, they look nothing alike. @chloemmx tweeted the photo saying:
“In case you’ve ever wondered why women get so frustrated with our clothing sizes – every pair of jeans pictured, is a size 12.”
Incase you’ve ever wondered why women get so frustrated with our clothing sizes - every pair of jeans pictured, is a size 12 pic.twitter.com/V88JAPQZTI— c (@chloemmx) March 8, 2019
The message resonated with so many others on social media that in less than four days, the post had garnered over 1,200 comments, 113,000 retweets, and 271,000 likes. She followed it up with a subsequent tweet underlining the absurdity of the jean-sizing dilemma.
“And you know what’s even funnier, the very bottom pair fit me perfectly, the 2nd pair from the top, are too small,” she wrote, adding, “how does that even make sense when the top pair is bigger????” And replied to another tweet about how damaging vanity-sizing could be for women’s self-esteem.
“No wonder women feel so insecure,” Chloe wrote. “I’ve had size 10 dresses, fit fine, then I’ll try on size 14 jeans that won’t even go past my hips, it’s not right”
Needless to say, women on Twitter related…HARD.
Many tweeted that jean-shopping, in particular, is a thankless, frustrating, and often-futile activity.
“No wonder we all just live in leggings and yoga pants now,” wrote one Twitter user in reply.
Not to mention…POCKETS. What’s up with pockets/lack thereof on women’s jeans?
This is a question I’ve been asking for my entire life.
“And it gets worse the larger the size, except the options, are fewer” pointed out @Lutherliz.
Clearly, this is something that bothers and effects all women—no matter what size they are. Therefore, it’s hard for any of us to shop online or shop anywhere that has no fitting rooms. Maybe it’s about time for fashion brands to stop body-shaming and be universal for once.