While sizing is inaccurate, people of every size deserve clothes that fit

In the summer of 2014, J.Crew announced that it would expand its sizing to include XXXS as a size, two sizes smaller than an XS or a zero. The “triple zero” was hounded by media agencies that poked fun at the move, claiming that no one would ever be able to fit into that size unless they were a “healthy eight-year-old.” When J.Crew explained its reasoning, which was that it was expanding its market to Asia and needed smaller sizes for the new market (a business move that many American companies have made recently), websites and news outlets still tore the company apart.
Everyone should be able to wear clothes that fit them. Women of all shapes and sizes should be able to shop for clothes without worrying about if they can fit into them or not. This is a step in the right direction for J.Crew to become more inclusive of women, and should not be treated in the negative way that it has been by the news. I am glad to see retailers trying to be inclusive when it comes to sizing, and it should be happening on both ends of the size spectrum. We should not be alienating any women just because they have sizes that may vary from what we have come to believe is the ‘average’ or ‘normal’ size based on an arbitrary number system.
Not only are sizes arbitrary, but do they really mean anything? Several women have made headlines for posting pictures of how they fit into a range of pants from size six up to size 12, showing that sizes mean different things at different stores. Beauty website, The Gloss, is conducting a crowdsourcing experiment to have women try on their sizes at multiple popular stores. I have had similar experiences, even when shopping at the same store. Sometimes, at any given store, my size in tops will fluctuate between two or three sizes. Even within one company, their sizing fluctuates. This shows that the number does not and should not reflect any given body.
On one of my favorite television shows from high school, “One Tree Hill,” Brooke Davis creates her own fashion line entitled “Clothes over bros.” In one episode, Davis proclaims “Zero is not a size.” While I agree that we should not be encouraging women to be a certain size, this size, even though it should not be called “zero,” is a size that many women do wear, myself included.
Women come in all shapes and sizes. Women who wear XXXS and women who wear XXL are still women. Even though we should not be labeling women as sizes that suggest some women are smaller than they should be or larger than they should be, we should make clothing accessible to all sizes and shapes. They are still women who struggle with the arbitrary sizing that exists within the women’s clothing industry. Women on both ends of the size spectrum struggle to find clothes. Many women who are an in-between size struggle to find clothes that fit. They should neither be punished nor hated on for wearing a certain size. However, this is not just a women’s issue; men also struggle with clothing size discrimination. But, at the end of the day, who cares what a number means? Just because I wear a size two or four and my friend wears a 10 does not mean we should have different shopping experiences. plus size shapewear  Clothing should not be alienating anyone and that alienation ends when we change our view on sizing and start catering to women of all shapes and sizes.


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