Teen Calls out American eagle for Inconsistent Clothes Sizes in Viral Facebook Post
Shopping for clothes marketed to women is a difficult task. Trousers with pockets are mythical creatures and tank tops that do not show bras are so rare they end up being urban myths in shopping center.
Clothes merchants are especially guilty of "vanity sizing," which is the practice of pumping up the size on a garment's label in spite of the actual measurements staying the exact same.
Missy Rogers, a 19-year-old swimming instructor from New Jersey, made a Facebook post taking clothing merchants to job for failing to control a universal size system, even within their own store.
In her post, Rogers compares 2 pairs of shorts she had actually bought from American Eagle Outfitters. Missy had tried out a set of maroon shorts in the store, and was puzzled to discover her usual size could barely be pulled previous her knees.
Although the shorts seem proportionately the same, their sizes are dramatically various: one set is a size 4, the other a size 10.
"Having to go approximately a size 10 made me question just how much weight I acquired, but once I brought the shorts home and compared, I realized that size is literally simply a number," Rogers wrote.
Since publishing, her picture has actually been commonly shared online, with over 74,000 shares on Facebook.
For Rogers, her shorts prove that a person size does not fit all, and in reality can be the root for self-confidence concerns for girls.
"In women's clothing, you can be a size 0 in one store and a size 12 in another. You can try on the very same clothing in a different color and be another size."
In response to Rogers' post, American Eagle Outfitters sent out a statement of assistance to TODAY.
" We agree fully with Missy that women are a lot more than numbers, which is why we are so strongly dedicated to body positivity," Chad Kessler, the company's international brand name president, said in the statement. "Like every seller, we strive for consistency and clarity to assist our consumers makes decisions. We've connected to Missy to get her feedback on her shopping experience and look forward to participating in a conversation around this vital concern."
More and more individuals are speaking out about the ridiculousness of clothing sizes.
Comedian Amy Schumer blasted clothes shops for having no concept what to do with sizes above 8 in an episode of her TV show, "Inside Amy Schumer."
Sizing is a problem annoying men, too. One man wore his sweetheart's dress, to show a point about how women's XXL clothing was perpetuating body shaming.
The yo-yoing of women's clothes sizes can be traced back to the Great Depression. As European made-to-fit customizing become pass, the demand and industrialization of mass style led the United States federal government to survey women's sizes. The study failed to capture success (which could be due to the study just interviewing white women, Slate reports).
Until clothing sizes end up being standardized, Rogers has a message for fellow women.
"Find clothing that make you feel great, comfy, beautiful, and most notably yourself rather than stressing over the size," she wrote. "You are more than a number."