By Gwyneth Allred
With summer around the corner and warm weather well on its way, for many this means summer shopping. This can be daunting just because of the broad selection of styles alone, but clothing companies are making this even more difficult on women thanks to their size labels.
Size measurements seem to be shrinking and shrinking lately. The numbers associated with sizes today have no correlation at all. They are “vanity sizes” made up by the companies that sell the clothing.
The picture above shows two pairs of shorts, both from American Eagle. “The black pair is from two years ago and the maroon is from this year. The black is a size 4. The maroon is a size 10” (from this post). Why are sizes shrinking? The rising generation of young girls will have even smaller sizes to compare themselves to. What we need to be telling ourselves and our daughters, sisters, and friends is that beauty and worth is not dictated by a made-up number on the tag.
Take me for example. I weigh 140 pounds, which is exactly in the middle for the ideal average weight range of women my height. Though I don’t have a perfect body, I am not a large woman. This past week I purchased a new swimming suit online. After using their size measurement chart and measuring my hips, waist, and bust, I ended up ordering this bathing suit in an extra-large. Was this a little disheartening? Yes. But I know that I will still look beautiful in this swimming suit because of who I am.
It never feels good to have to buy a bigger size of jeans, shirts, swimsuits, or any clothes for that matter, but we need to remind ourselves that size really doesn’t matter. It is a random number assigned to clothing and it does not dictate your self-worth. You will still look like your beautiful self in whatever size you wear, as long as you are smiling and happy with yourself.
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