Most of my tops fall on the small end of the spectrum, but skirts, pants and dresses? Forget any hope of consistency.
Spoiler alert: The sizing struggle is real.
Recently, while cleaning out my wardrobe in preparation for a move, something occurred to me: I have everything from a size zero to a size eight in my closet…and it all fits. What gives?!
Apparently, I’m not alone in my size identity crisis. Last week, a 27-year-old woman from Kansas took to social media to vent her frustrations with her inconsistent wardrobe. In her post, which has now been shared over 73,000 times, she shows off six different pairs of pants—ranging from a size five to a size 12—that all fit her perfectly.
“I started to notice how dramatically different the size of all my pants were,” Deena Shoemaker wrote in a Facebook post. “I have a real problem with the fact that my size 5 pants fit me THE EXACT SAME WAY that my size 12 pants do.”
After seeing Deena’s post, I took a closer look at my own closet. Most of my tops fall on the small end of the spectrum, but skirts, pants and dresses? Forget any hope of consistency. There’s the size 12 vintage pencil skirts passed down from my grandma (don’t even get me started on those sizes), the size six dress which fits like a glove, and the size zero J. Crew jeans, which are actually a little big.
Aside from the obvious frustration this causes every time you try to order something online (wait, what size am I at Anthropologie again?) it also sends a seriously confusing message to women, which Deena, who works with a girls youth group, pointed out in her post. “The size printed inside your clothes is subjective to the fashion industry’s personal taste and it fluctuates rapidly,” she wrote. “Stop believing the social normative about who and what you should be.”
BRB while I go cut the labels out of my clothes and just enjoy having things that fit.