My least favorite part of spring is trying on my shorts for the first time and realizing they don’t fit anymore. It’s hard to separate your conscious mind telling you that you are more than just a number from your subconscious mind that is sneering at the double digits on the inside tag. However, a Facebook post has gone viral that might make that pill a whole lot easier to swallow.
I’m not one to be big about facebook rants… But I do feel that this needs to be shared.
This is a photo of two pairs of shorts both from American Eagle. The black pair is from two years ago and the maroon is from this year.
The black is a size 4.
The maroon is a size 10.
As the photo shows, they both have the same waist line and width. The only difference is the year I bought them, length, and slightly different style. How is it that what was considered at size 4 is now the same dimensions of a size 10? How small has a size 4 become?
My first impression when going into the store and trying on the size 4 (as I had in the past) was disheartening as I could not even get them past my knees. Having to go up to a size 10 made me question just how much weight I gained, but once I brought the shorts home and compared, I realized that size is literally just a number.
However, I do worry about the message younger girls have with media promoting “the perfect skinny body”. They have been convinced that the smaller size you are, the more beautiful you are. This is not the case, and I think it’s important to show that clothing size should not define your beauty. If a size 10 is what a size 4 use to be, what message are you implying to younger girls?
In women’s clothing, you can be a size 0 in one store and a size 12 in another. You can try on the same clothes in a different color and be another size….
The point is, we should feel confident in our own skin and in what we wear. With everyone aiming to reach the perfect body, we are missing the bigger picture. A size 2 is never going to be the same in every place or mean the same to every person. A specific size is not a number to describe your beauty, health, and body. It is literally just a number printed on a tag. Find clothes that make you feel confident, comfortable, beautiful, and most importantly yourself rather than worrying about the size. You are more than a number.
The width and waistline are completely identical, but how is this possible? The pressure is on to be thin in America, but stores like American Eagle are making it unattainable. It’s beyond the fact that it’s just a number, it’s the idea that a person who was a size 4, which is on the slimmer side, is now considered a size 10, which is reserved for our bootylicious sisters. Not to mention there are not many sizes that are offered after 10 in regular stores, so anyone who is actually a size 10 is SOL.
But as she says in her “rant,” size is just a number, just like age and body count. Once we free ourselves of the size obsession, we can buy clothes that look good and feel good on our bodies. No one can see the tag anyway, so what does it matter? You can be a 4 in one store and a 10 in the other, but you are still the same person.
Way to go, Missy. Your shorts might not be a size 10, but you sure are a 10..