The lack of consistency in the sizing of clothes is no secret. Each brand establishes it’s own list of measurements. A size 8 of Brand A may have a completely different set of measurements for the chest, waist and hip in comparison to a size 8 of Brand B. Even brands that are grouped under the same fashion retailer can have very different measurements for each of its sizes.
Let’s use the Sussan Group as an example; a leading fashion retailer that is widely popular in Australia and New Zealand. Whilst this group consists of three different brands- Sportsgirl, Sussan and Suzanne Grae, each of these three brands are catered to a different age group. Accordingly, as Sportsgirl is designed for young girls in their teens and 20’s, their size 12 is much smaller than a size 12 in Sussan or Suzanne Grae, which are designed for women in their middle-ages and for mature women respectively. To put simply, the sizes of clothing can sometimes just be a way to market clothing to a targeted group.
Nevertheless, we like to put our trust in a number. Because numbers allow us to keep track of whether or not we’ve gained or lost weight- supposedly anyway. Because it’s something so simple, so clear-cut, so definite. It’s not uncommon these days to hear statements like “I want to trim down to a size 6 by December” or “I went up by two sizes after my holiday trip.”
Why though? There’s so much fuss over a number that doesn’t even really mean anything- a number nobody even SEES unless they’re washing your clothes.
So I’d now like to chuck in another quote that is both totally inappropriate and appropriate- “size doesn’t matter.”
Which is probably another reason why I love thrift shops and its nondiscriminatory sizing. When thrift shopping, try on all different types of sizes. You might become pleasantly surprised by the unintentional ways that you can wear particular clothes. Be experimental!
Here, I’m wearing some giant size 16 patterned shirt as a jacket I found from Salvos. I’m also wearing the waist belt of one of my shorts as a tie for this blouse from Dangerfield and pairing it with black shorts I upcycled a while ago that were once long pants. Both the black boots and the satchel once belonged to my mum.