“Drop a Size” diets are all over the place. If you stand in a supermarket checkout line for more than two minutes, you’re sure to see a magazine loudly proclaiming that you can “DROP A SIZE BY NEXT MONTH”!
Recently, some fashion designers have come under fire because they consider models who are size 8 and up to be “plus-sized”. Really. Size 8 is plus-sized in the fashion world. No wonder we’re all obsessed with being as small a size as possible.
It’s becoming clear that women’s clothing sizes are a giant waste of time. Here’s why.
Why Women’s Clothing Sizes are a Giant Waste of Time
They are ridiculously inconsistent.
If you’re reading this at home, get up and go into your closet. Count how many different sizes of clothing are hanging in your closet. If you’re anything like me, you probably have items in at least three different sizes.
Clothing manufacturers are free to set up sizing anyway they see fit. So you might be a medium at Old Navy, but an extra-large at American Apparel. Needless to say, I don’t shop at American Apparel, unless I have a sudden desire to destroy my self-esteem.
Not only are women’s clothing sizes inconsistent among manufacturers, they are even inconsistent within the same article of clothing. For example, if you have a pear shape and you want to buy a sheath dress, be prepared to have it hanging off your midsection while barely holding in your hips.
Or if you want to buy a two-piece suit, you’ll probably find that the bottom is way too tight and the top is way too big. It’s no better if you have an apple shape, a triangle shape, or just about any other shape that is perfectly normal for a woman to have.
They have absolutely nothing to do with fitness.
But the main reason why women’s clothing sizes are pointless is because they have no bearing on whether a woman is fit. There are some incredibly flexible women who are full-figured and women who are size 4 who can barely do a sit-up. Fitness is absolutely not one-size-fits-all.
Unfortunately, we have to put up with the awfulness of women’s clothing sizes. But we do not have to let them dictate our self-worth. Which is why I will continue wear whatever size pants allow me to sit down without unbuttoning them at the end of the day. So there.
Have you been frustrated by inconsistent clothing sizes? Have you ever obsessed over being the “perfect” size in the past? Share your experiences in the comments!