A Size-able Matter

Every woman faces the same issue when they go shopping – wearing one size in one store’s clothing while wearing another size in a different store’s clothing. And Tess Holliday proved this week that even fashion models aren’t exempt from this problem.

Holliday posted a photo on Instagram while cleaning out her closet for a clothing sale of six different pieces from her wardrobe from brands that are consistent in their sizing. Her caption for the photo, however, told a story similar to that of many women around the world: a story of size inconsistency. Holliday wrote, “Plus-Sizes are SO inconsistent it’s infuriating. In some brands I’m a 2x, in other’s a 3x.. Sometimes a 4x! For my crop tops, they are mostly L from Forever 21.. Thats a massive difference!”

Screenshot of plus-size model Tess Holliday's Instagram post.

Screenshot of plus-size model Tess Holliday’s Instagram post.

Cosmopolitan reports that since Holliday’s recent rise to the spotlight, she has faced many naysayers who say that she doesn’t look like she wears a size 22 as she claims. Holliday seems to have addressed these haters specifically in her recent Instagram photo, saying, “Basically you can’t judge someone’s size from photos, (nor should you) it only makes you look petty. At the end of the day, it’s how you feel that matters, not the label in your clothes. I wouldn’t care if the headlines said I was a size 0 or 28 model- it doesn’t define me.”

Holliday’s Instagram photo has brought to light two key issues in the world of fashion and in everyday life: size inconsistency and snap judgements. In having inconsistencies in clothing sizes, women can either become elated by fitting into a smaller size or completely devastated by wearing a larger size – inconsistencies in sizing force women to not just pay attention to the size of the clothing they are wearing, but to almost become obsessed with the size they wear. It becomes less about feeling good in clothing no matter what size is worn, and more about ‘fitting in’ to certain parameters for beauty.

This seems to lead right into the idea of snap judgements – instantaneous judgements and size inconsistencies make size the be all and end all of a person. Size is what is worshipped, and it seems that both the fashion industry and society in general have placed a high value on a small size.

By Holliday bringing both of these issues to the forefront of our minds, maybe it will spark some changes not only in the fashion industry to create consistent sizing, but also in society to not make snap judgements – it’s time that both areas of life undergo some extensive alterations.

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