'Size zero, at last!'

For women, and less so for men, the size printed on the tag in the clothing item they are wearing or trying on is of utmost important. I know women who refuse to try on the next size up if an item in ‘their size’ doesn’t fit right. I know women who only buy one size, no matter how well it fits. And we all know women who believe they are a smaller size than they really are.

Additionally, sizes run differently from store to store. What might be an 8 (38 in Europe) in one store could fit like a 6 (36 in Europe) in another. But many women are bound and determined to not be considered a certain size; if only for the mental reassurance that we are not bigger than we would like to be.

This madness has to stop. Who cares if the tag says you are the biggest size sold in stores or the smallest? No one can see the size written on that tag except for you and maybe the person who does your laundry. And besides the tag doesn’t determine the look of an item, nor does it really determine how you feel in a piece of clothing. The look and feel is based on how the item fits, not the number on the tag. Clothing is made to flatter your natural figure. It is supposed to compliment your body and balance your silhouette.

I’ll be honest my closet holds a number of sizes all of which I never even glance at. (Although I wasn’t always this way.) Now I care more about the way the item fits, where and how it falls, the shape, the pattern, the design. This needs to be a mental switch that women world-wide undergo. We need to care less about the size and more about the proper fit. I wear on average 4 different sizes. I have a general dress size, shirt size, pant size and skirt size. They all vary based on the item, the store, and the general makeup of the item.

(And if the size on the tag really bothers you that much, buy the item that fits the best no matter the size and then cut the tag out. That way you’ll never have to look at the size again.)

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Katie Hinderer

Katie Hinderer is a freelance writer and social media enthusiast. She holds a degree in Journalism from Marquette University. Over the years she has transitioned from traditional publishing...