A Student Proves Once And For All That Clothing Sizes Are Pretty Darn Inaccurate

Diply 21 Jun 2016

Shopping for new clothes can be either really fun and exciting or nothing more than a task you’d rather not do. Shopping takes time and as much as we may want the process of trying clothes on to go quickly, we don’t always get our way. Especially when trying to find the perfect fit. Depending on the store, sizes can vary slightly. Some fabrics are stretchier than others or the fit tends to be on the smaller or looser side. But when you find yourself trying to fit into a size that is grossly off the mark for you, you might be feeling not so great about yourself.

Not everyone is able to shrug off the fact that at one store they're a size 6 and at another they're a size 12. It doesn’t make sense. A student recently did some shopping and found she wasn’t able to fit into her regular size of clothing and it had nothing to do with her.

Ruth Clemens is a 25-year-old student.

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She was at H&M when she spotted a pair of jeans on the sale rack. Who doesn’t love sale clothes? Well, maybe when you can’t find your size, which is common for sales, but this size mishap is a whole other thing.

Ruth is a size 14 in women’s pants. She says she occasionally fits into a size 16 when buying trousers, so when she saw this size of jeans on the rack she thought she’d give it a try.

Size 16 is the biggest size the store stocks until you reach plus sizes and limited selection, and it was still not big enough for Ruth.

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“I am not overweight (not that that should matter) and although I'm 5 foot 11 my body is pretty average shape-wise.”

Facebook | Ruth Clemens

“It's already difficult enough for me to find clothes that fit well because of my height, why are you making jeans that are unrealistically small? Am I too fat for your everyday range? Should I just accept that accessible and affordable high street and on-trend fashion isn't for people like me?

"You might recognise the top I'm wearing - it's one of yours and it's a size Medium. Sort it out would you.”

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H&M responded to Ruth via Facebook where she posted the picture of her in the change room.

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“Hi Ruth, thank you so much for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience in store recently. We always want our customers to have an enjoyable time when shopping in store and to leave feeling confident in themselves. At H&M we make clothing for all our stores around the world, so the sizing can vary depending on the style, cut and fabric. We value all feedback and will take on board the points you and other customers have raised.”

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Ruth isn’t the first person to have an experience like this.

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Her post has been shared over 10,000 times, and the 8,000 comments clearly show that people are fed up with inaccurate sizes. Size really does sometimes have to do with fabric and cut and style, but when you’re a small here, an extra large there, a medium here, it’s hard to figure out what size you really are.

In the meantime while stores try to figure out their sizes, remember that your worth and beauty have nothing to do with a number on a tag. #‎whatdoesplussizeevenmean‬ ‪#‎bodypositive‬ ‪#‎fashionforall‬

Have you had a similar experience to Ruth's? Let us know in the comments!

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