consider buying it. It was a little shorter on me, but I didn’t mind. The jeans were long enough and fit us both well in the waist. If Jolie and I weren’t broke college students, we would have purchased the entire outfit in a heartbeat.
Next, we wanted to go to a store notorious
for inconsistent sizing. We headed to H&M, where disaster struck. We still wanted to go for a nice fall look, but H&M failed to deliver. Below is the unfortunate and traumatic outfit we tried on. This outfit was atrocious. The top technically fit both of us, but it didn’t flatter either of our bodies. The quality was also extremely poor — neither of us would ever consider buying this shirt. But the jeans were even more offensive than the top. Usually when jeans don’t fit me, my thighs aren’t the issue, but these jeans were so tight my legs couldn’t breathe. Even if I had laid down and sucked in my stomach all the way, there was no way these size four jeans would button. Although I hate to say it, it was kind of disappointing that the pants didn’t fit me. I know body positivity means ignoring store clothing sizes because they’re arbitrary, but not fitting in my usual size definitely made me think that maybe I was gaining weight or that I should start watching what I eat. I know I shouldn’t let sizing have that much of an effect on my self confidence, but it’s so hard to just let it go, which is why focusing on sizing is such a waste of time. This experiment was extremely eye-opening. I can’t say the results were surprising; it makes sense that the same size clothes would fit Jolie and me differently. That being said, I do think it’s the fashion world’s responsibility to pick up the slack in terms of becoming more inclusive. As for large retailers, their responsibility is even greater, as they control most of the options on the market. My main takeaway from this experience is that stores should consider other factors when designing their clothes besides general waist and hip sizes. For tall girls like me, clothes often fit our waist and hips, but they’re never long
OUTFIT 3 enough. I’ve noticed that stores are beginning to include long and short versions of sizes, which is an improvement, but there is still work to be done. Size inclusivity would only be advantageous to a brand. It would make their image more body positive and could even increase sales because more people will now be included in their target market. Ultimately, while retailers everywhere are beginning to take note of the importance of size inclusivity, there is always room to grow.
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