The Blue & Gray Press

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

“Sizes” made for women do not fit real women’s bodies

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We have all been there before. We walk into a store, looking for a new pair of pants, but the sizes are 10, 8, 4, 0, XS, M, XXL, petite and any number of adjectives the fashion industry decides to come out with in any given year.



Remember: the lower the number, the smaller the size, the healthier the body. In clothing stores men’s pants are sized by their waist size. A pair of pants for a 38-inch waist is labeled with a 38.

They still have issues with pant length and tightness around the legs, but waist size is laid out for men, not transformed into a generic number that has nothing to do with the waist size.

Men’s pants are also made of thick, strong material with large pockets and no extra frills. The same is true of shirts. Women’s clothing, on the other hand, is a nightmare.

There is a reason it takes a while for women to find clothing that fits.

Many shirts and pants are made of flimsy fabric that rips and stains easily. They have bangles and sequins and all sorts of decorations that are difficult to clean and come off after a short period of wear.

Women’s pants typically come without pockets, as if there is a conspiracy to make us buy purses. Of course, designers still place fabric in the right places for the appearance of pockets, as if pockets are now a fashion statement rather than a place to put things.

On top of this is the ripped jeans fashion. Jeans that come with a pre-ripped look are more expensive than un-ripped jeans, and they fall to pieces in the wash.

This is encouragement to come back and keep buying clothes rather than go somewhere else and get something perhaps not as fancy but actually functional.

Sizes for women make no logical sense. A size zero does not mean it fits a person with a zero inch waist.

Any piece of clothing labeled with the small, medium, large or other variations of these are completely random.

One designer’s medium might be another’s large.

Here is a secret that the fashion industry does not want the general population to know: all those fashion shows and pictures in magazines are not just photoshopped. Those clothes are tailored to fit the body they are on. People who walk on the red carpet wear tailored clothing.

That model or actress on the cover of the magazines at the grocery store is most likely not wearing a size two or a size zero.

They are wearing a piece of clothing that was cut to fit their shape.

This is the reason that when average Jane walks into a retail store looking for that dress she saw a model wear last month, it sags in some areas and is too tight in others, even though ‘I know I’m wearing the right size.’

Clothing is mass-produced for general body shapes, not the diversity that exists in reality.

In real life, women of the same waist may have different busts, thigh sizes, and heights.

In the clothing industry, they frequently do not, unless the customer gets their clothing tailored.

Do not be ashamed that a size zero or size two does not fit.

It is no remark on anyone other than the obnoxious individuals in the fashion industry and the money-grubbing people focused on body shaming women into feeling obligated to spend endless amounts of money on clothing and other products like the ‘get thin fast’ diets, exercise equipment and beautification products to make themselves look thin and ‘beautiful.’

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