As I’ve travelled, I’ve noticed how arbitrary sizes can be. I am a large in Hong Kong. I’m a medium in Sweden. In Canada, I’m a small. However, a small today is roomier than it was even ten years ago, making way for extra small.
Negative sizes now exist, but this doesn’t mean that there are now smaller women than ever. It means that the smallest framed women have been bumped out of the average clothing size.
Retailers have banked on the phenomenon of “vanity sizing,” confronting the truth that women are much more likely to buy an item if they fit into a smaller size. Whether you’re fitting into a larger or a smaller dress size than you were ten years ago, here’s why the numbers don’t matter.
1. Sizing has changed.
2. There’s no such thing as standard sizing.
3. Health itself is not a size.
4. Your friends don’t like you because of the size of your butt.
5. Beware of high-end brand tactics.
If the size is bigger than you thought it would have been, some more solace: the less high end a brand is, the larger the sizes will be. What this means is that you are paying money to be a smaller size. Pocket that change or put it towards a personal training session or exotic tea instead.
When you shop, look at the shape of the garment rather than the size. Before you try it on, eyeball it to see if it looks accurate. Often, it’s not you, it’s them if the result is larger than you would like. And if it is you, more incentive to get back on the healthy track – the track that is always waiting for your return.