I know I am not alone in my struggle to understand the different sizing that brands use. Even when we’re in a store, the size labels can be confusing. A reader named Vicki asked a very interesting question over in the AWSL Facebook group this week which got me reflecting on how these sizes are literally “labeling” us.
Many of us have had the following scenario play out as we try on clothes: We’re browsing in a clothing store we grab a couple of nice items we like the look of, select our usual size and set them aside for the dressing room. When we go to try them on, they don’t fit. Maybe they’re too small, maybe they’re too large, and either way, it can feel unsettling or upsetting. Our expectation at that moment of what our size should be does not match the reality from the rack.
It’s not uncommon to zero in on size as an indicator of how our body looks or feels in clothes. And yet, I think focusing on the number can be a really misleading and unhelpful indicator. On the one hand, every brand has a different “fit model” that they use to assign their sizing numbers. You’ll find in some brands. your size ranges, by a little or by a lot. Some brands mark their sizes much smaller than others (typically referred to as “vanity sizing” – what a horrible term!) with the idea being that women will feel more confident if the number on the tag is smaller than what she’s used to.
I am a big proponent of NOT focusing on the number on the tag. I feel like they’re an arbitrary number assigned by designers in the fashion industry, and most certainly not a measure of your value or your worth. And how dare those tiny pieces of fabric sewn into the backs of our clothes attempt to wield power over how we feel about our bodies and our style!
Wear what fits your body, regardless of the size. Rip out the tag if it makes you feel better! The fact is you’ll like the way you look if the clothes you choose match your style and they fit you well. You’ll feel confident if you feel comfortable.
I know it can be an uncomfortable topic, and I really do appreciate the supportive and respectful dialogue that we have created in this community.
Here are a few weekly sale updates:
Banana Republic – the Labor Day Sale is on with 40% off your purchase, no code needed plus free 2-3 days shipping over $150 with the code BRSHIP.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Ann Taylor – 50% off your purchase
Saks – up to 75% off plus free shipping with code FREESHIP. I have four pair of these stretch crepe pants and I absolutely love them. I never travel without them and always pick up new colors when they go on dale, like now.
J. Crew – their bye bye summer sale is on with 40% off your purchase including new arrivals with the code BYESUMMER.
Soft Surroundings – end of summer sale with 40% off new sale plus 50% off all other sale with the code BYEBYE.
Great pieces to wear going forward into cooler weather
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.