Buying clothes based on their size is pretty much a roll of the dice, especially for women. While men have to deal with small, medium, or large, it seems like women's clothing uses a variety of different measurements that don't really seem to match up between brands.
Sometimes, they don't even match up between the exact same items. To highlight this point, Instagram user Katy, who goes by wodthefork, recently posted a photo of herself trying on two pairs of denim leggings at Express, which were allegedly the same size and cut. Except they apparently weren't...
“If you ever find yourself in a fitting room ready to bust into tears when something doesn't fit (we've all been there, myself included... millions of times... ask my mom) REMEMBER THIS PIC! There are times I'm a small, times I cant even muscle into a large, times a 10 falls off my hips & times, like this, it doesn't even get past my thighs."
“Sizing is silly...no one will know if you had to bump up or down because of the cut, style, or likely completely wrong sizing on the store's part. You mean so much more than fitting into the smallest size you can. Our value should never come from a number...on the scale or in our clothes.”
And Instagram commenters seemed to agree.
"Omg," one user wrote. "That is quite the eye opener...I never try clothes on in store and definitely not same sizes so I would never notice. So crazy! Thanks for sharing!"
While another added:
"Thank you so much for pointing this out. I have found myself many times in a dressing room crying my eyes out because of the size of my clothes. I wear a 7 in one brand of jeans and a 14 in another. It's absolutely ridiculous."
Clothing companies need to fix this.