It’s Not You, It’s the Fashion Industry

Something happened to me this weekend that I wanted to talk about. Before your mind starts racing, it’s not as bad as you think. It’s about clothing.

I was out shopping this past weekend to snag some of those Black Friday deals when I decided to look for some new jeans. The jeans I had were on their last legs (no pun intended). They were slightly too tight and the material was starting to wear.  They were so bad that they sat in my dresser drawers for months without being worn because I feared they would rip if I wore them.

I walked into a store where I’ve been buying my jeans for years. Since my current pair of jeans was slightly too small, I decided to go with a size up. I could still button my current jeans, but I knew wearing jeans one size up would be more comfortable. I brought them into the fitting room, expecting this to be a quick try on. But, when I put them on, I couldn’t even get the button to button. It was inches away from buttoning. They wouldn’t even budge. I checked the tag again just to make sure the jeans were sized correctly, and they were. These jeans were a size up from the ones I had at home, and I couldn’t even get them on.

Frustrated, I went back out and grabbed two more pairs. One that was another size larger, and one that was two sizes larger than the pair I just tried on. Since the first pair I tried on was so far from fitting, I tried on the larger size first. To my shock, they fit perfectly. Jeans that were three sizes larger than my slightly too tight jeans at home fit me perfectly.  I can’t even imagine what would have happened if I tried on the same size I had at home.

Luckily, I’m at a pretty good place with my self-image (we’ll talk about my low points with that later). I knew it wasn’t me. I have actually lost a little bit of weight over the past few months, so fitting into jeans three sizes larger than normal wasn’t something that made sense. I knew it was the company and how they decided to size their clothing.

Although, if I wasn’t in such a good place mentally, that would have really affected me. With that brand, I doubled my pant size. I was now into the double digits with that brand, which I promised myself I would never let myself get back to that size. But, I let it roll off my back because I knew my body wasn’t the reason, and that the reason was the company. Sizes are just numbers, numbers that aren’t even based off of true dimensions. Unfortunately, a size 4 in one store could be a size 10 in another.

The next time you go into a store and you’re shocked that you can’t fit into a certain size, try not to blame yourself. Clothing brands are notorious these days for making clothing sizes smaller and smaller. Just remember that clothing is supposed to conform to your body, you’re not supposed to conform to the clothes.

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