Many of us have a love hate relationship with jeans – yes, they go with so many things and are a true wardrobe staple, but finding the perfect pair can sometimes be nothing short of a nightmare. Especially right now when, despite shops reopening, many people would still rather do their shopping online than go in-store, and so determining your perfect size via an online sizing chart makes the task even more difficult.
Add to that the fact that high street and fast fashion brands can have questionable sizing at the best of times, meaning none of us really know what size we are, especially when it comes to the holy grail of denim. Which is why it’s so important to remember that the number on your label doesn’t mean anything and the only thing that really matter is how great you look and feel in them.
Solidifying this, fashion and lifestyle blogger @the_rebeccaedit recently highlighted the exact problem with high street and fast fashion sizing when she ordered multiple pairs of jeans in different sizes and from different retailers to reveal the shocking differences.
She ordered a pair of size 8 jeans from ASOS, size 10 from Topshop and size 12 from Zara and the results were shocking, the biggest revelation being that Zara’s supposedly size 12 jeans came up much smaller than both ASOS’s size 8s and Topshop’s size 10s.
Becki commented: ‘Sizing. Specifically high street sizing. I have no words. These photos feature jeans in a size 8, a size 10 and a size 12. Now if you’ve seen my stories today you can probably guess which is which but the point I’m trying to make is this: sizing is not an exact science (especially in fast fashion) and you absolutely cannot attach your self-worth to the number on the label because you’re setting yourself up to fail! I mean, look!!!
‘The white jeans are a size 8 – a little snug yes, but on. The black ones are a size 10, roomy, comfortable and make me feel great. The blue ones, the ones that I couldn’t even get over my arse (see final photo for all that booty 🍑!!!) are a size 12. Is there any wonder no one knows what size they are?!’
An excellent reminder to disregard the number on the label and focus wholly on how fabulous and great our clothes make us look and feel, because that’s all that matters.