We all know that just because we’re a certain size at one store, it doesn’t mean we’ll be the same size at every store. Clothing sizes aren’t exactly standardized, and many brands participate in vanity sizing — or the practice of putting smaller numbers on bigger sizes to make folks feel better about the clothes they’re able to fit into, and thus, more likely to make a purchase. However, it seems ASOS just decided to employ the opposite tactic, as they recently put an item of clothing up on their website and listed the “large”-sized offering as a UK size 10, which is the equivalent to a US size 6.
The garment in question is a pair of high-waisted shorts by the brand Pull&Bear with a ruffled hem and a floral pattern. After noticing the strange (and limited) sizing range, Twitter user @GrrlGhost posted a screenshot of the sizing drop-down, followed by a tweet that reads, “Screaming into the void rn.” Many of the people who have responded to her tweet seem to agree that the sizing is indeed worth a scream into the void.
ASOS has since responded and apologized on Twitter, saying there was a “glitch” that affected the sizing of all of their Pull&Bear offerings. The shorts are now available in a wider range of sizes, but the largest size available is still only a UK size 12 (equivalent to a US size 8). Given that the average woman in the US is a size 16-18, only offering to sell an item of clothing to those who can fit a size 8 and below (and calling a size 8 a large) sends a pretty unhealthy message to women about body standards.
It also sends a message about who should be wearing what kind of clothing. People are often body-shamed for their clothing choices under the assumption that only folks with certain body types should wear certain garments — in fact, everyone from Lady Gaga to this beauty queen to this Congresswoman has felt the pressure to conform to cultural beauty standards. However, everyone (regardless of size) should feel free to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable and fabulous — and with hot weather coming up, who couldn’t use a cute pair of shorts?
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