One Instagrammer is taking on the problems with clothing sizes in a viral post.
Last week, Instagram user Katy posted a photo of herself trying on two pairs of jeans at an Express clothing store and pointed out a glaring problem: They were both labeled size 10 low-rise leggings, but they fit her body entirely differently. One pair was slightly too big, while the other pair couldn’t even fit over her thighs. Despite the discrepancy, she wasn’t the least bit fazed. “If you ever find yourself in a fitting room ready to bust into tears when something doesn’t fit (we’ve all been there, myself included…millions of times…ask my mom) REMEMBER THIS PIC!” she wrote.
Her lesson? Clothing sizes are entirely arbitrary and vary even within the same brand, so focus on fit over the number on the tag. “Sizing is silly…no one will know if you had to bump up or down because of the cut, style, or likely completely wrong sizing on the store’s part,” she wrote. “You mean so much more than fitting into the smallest size you can. Our value should never come from a number…on the scale or in our clothes.” Katy’s message is an important one, as researchers have found that there’s a correlation between clothing sizes and women’s body image and self-esteem when women fit in smaller sizes.
Katy also isn’t the only social media user who’s recently called out clothing sizes. Blogger Michelle Elman published a viral Instagram post in June about how she wore the same dress when she was at two different sizes, and she still felt and looked great in both instances. “The dress is a size 14. I bought it 5 years ago when I was a size 12. Now, I’m a size 20. And yet, I still fit it, which just proves that NUMBERS DON’T MEAN ANYTHING,” she wrote.