Viral tweet perfectly illustrates why shopping for jeans is the worst
Ask just about any woman and she’ll tell you that shopping for jeans sucks. You have to spend hours in and out of fitting rooms because you truly never know what size is going to fit you. Don’t believe me? This viral tweet perfectly illustrates how maddeningly inconsistent women’s jeans sizes can be.
18-year-old Chloe Martin has a closet full of jeans she bought in a size 12, because that’s her size, or so she thought. She recently pulled out a pair to wear during a night out, and was surprised to find they wouldn’t even fit over one of her legs. It inspired her to pull out seven pairs of size-12 jeans and snap a photo to show that that number, 12, means literally nothing.
Incase you’ve ever wondered why women get so frustrated with our clothing sizes – every pair of jeans pictured, is a size 12 pic.twitter.com/V88JAPQZTI
— c (@chloemmx) March 8, 2019
The pants, all laid out on top of one another, are clearly very different sizes. Yet according to their tags, they should be the same. This is the struggle women face when it’s time to shop for denim.
The photo has since gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of retweets, showing exactly how relatable this struggle is.
“I literally just posted it cause I thought my friends would see it and think it was kind of funny and relate to it, but I didn’t realise 290,000 people had the same issue!” Martin told Scary Mommy. “Lots of people relating thought it was just them.”
Martin said she can understand why brands would want to mislabel their clothes, because it gives women a confidence boost when they fit into a pair of pants smaller than the size they thought they wore.
“If you go into a shop and you buy a size 10 pair of jeans that fit, you’re going to want to keep going there instead of the shop down the street that you are a size 14 in,” Martin said. “However, it’s very frustrating when you’re a different size in each shop.”
Plus, of all the things women have to worry about, the size of their pants should be far from the biggest issue on their minds.
“There’s so many social pressures on women already so we don’t want to have to worry about jean sizes, too!”
Responses to Martin’s tweet have been a chorus of people fed up with inconsistent sizing, not just in jeans but in all kinds of clothes.
Clothes sizes in general are a weird thing. I’ve had shirts ranging from M-XXL which were more or less the same size. How does that happen? oO
— Tim Rozenski (@TimRozenski) March 10, 2019
No wonder we all just live in leggings and yoga pants now
— Bookish Bitch (@bookishbitch) March 10, 2019
I used to be one of those “leggings aren’t real pants” people and now I don’t remember the last time I wore jeans
— 𝓝𝔂𝔁 (@mythra_nyxera) March 10, 2019
Is the solution to just quit denim altogether and stick to leggings? Some people think so.
Welcome to “Whose Pants Are These Anyway?” Where the sizes are made up and the numbers don’t matter
— kellybot 🤖 beep boop (@kellyknowlesart) March 10, 2019
This is tragic, one pair is a size 4 and one pair is a size 10.. no difference at all pic.twitter.com/IXlI8LXrdG
— Jade🌙 (@Jadeelouuisee) March 10, 2019
Others are pointing out how these sizing inconsistencies make it pretty much impossible to shop online, which is a huge bummer for people who enjoy the convenience of not spending hours at the mall just to buy some pants.
Anyway, back to the original tweet – I know exactly what you mean, I have clothes in my wardrobe ranging from a size 8 to a 16 – all of which fit me. Cannot figure out what size I am. I daren’t buy any clothes without trying it on – so no internet shopping for me
— Michelle Birkby (@michelleeb) March 10, 2019
the other day I wore a pair of size 4 jeans with a size L jacket and a size XS top and it all fit
— Jessica Langer, PhD (@DrJessicaLanger) March 10, 2019
What’s actually worse than the fact that this is frustrating and makes shopping entirely too time-consuming, is the effect it can have on women and girls’ self esteem.
My 12 year old was in tears in H &M, as nothing fit. She was even trying on adult size 12 and 14! Never going in there again, teenage girls have enough to deal with.
— joanna riddle (@Jo_Riddle) March 10, 2019
The self esteem issues this can cause too… i’ve definitely cried in a few changing rooms!
— your dad (@krisvantas) March 11, 2019
So in 2019, I propose a few changes to the entire jeans-shopping experience. First, let’s stop letting a completely arbitrary number on a tag dictate our self worth. Whether you’re a size 0 or a size 20, it doesn’t matter because somewhere in the world, there’s probably pairs of pants in both those sizes that are exactly the same dimensions. And second, let’s petition clothing companies to adapt some sort of standard that makes sizes more consistent and predictable. If we keep speaking up about how much this sucks, maybe some companies will see it and start to change. It’s worth a shot.