Everyone knows that size is just a number, but when that number is inconsistent and even just down-right confusing, it can make finding clothes that fit as complicated as finding a needle in a hay stack.
As if dressing rooms weren’t stressful enough, what with their weird lighting and mirrors that reflect back warped images most of the time.
Now it turns out that some stores have such inconsistent sizing that trying to wiggle into the clothes in that small enclosed space is getting even harder.
Just askstudent Lowri Byrne who said she could “barely breathe” when she tried on adress at H& M despite it being two sizes bigger than her usual size.
She’s not the first person to have an issue with H&M and their sizes, to say the least. The store has come under fire multiple times for their sizing system.
I am not overweight (not that that should matter) and although I’m 5 foot 11 my body is pretty average shape-wise,” Ruth Clemens wrote to H&M in . “It’s already difficult enough for me to find clothes that fit well because of my height, why are you making jeans that are unrealistically small? Am I too fat for your everyday range? Should I just accept that accessible and affordable high street and on-trend fashion isn’t for people like me?
Byrne decided to write her own post to H&M, and it also quickly went viral.
“Please sort your sizes out because this is absolutely ridiculous!,” she . “I’m a size 12 and small busted and today in a H&M store I had to ask if this dress came in a size 18 (it didn’t…). The dress I have on in these photos is a size 16, and I could barely breathe. Not only was this annoying because I wanted to buy this dress, but so many women take what size dress they buy to heart. If I was one of these girls (thankfully I’m not) requesting a size 18 dress would seriously devastate me!”
“When I asked if this dress came in a 18 the store assistant said ‘ahh yeah you have to go up a couple of sizes with these,’” she added.
“A couple?!? going up 3-4 sizes surely should make you realize that you need to seriously sort out sizing!!!”
Her post has more than 4,000 reactions, with many people chiming in with their own H&M issues.
“I’m ‘too fat’ for this shop because of the sizing…it’s ridiculous and a big problem for influential young girls…..it could have awful affects to some girls confidence,” one wrote.
“H&M sizing is ridiculous, their clothes are lovely but with my large chest I can’t get into a single thing unless it’s very elasticated,” wrote another.
The company issued this statement:
“H&M hugely values all customer feedback. It is only ever our intention to design and make clothes that make our customers feel good about themselves, any other outcome is neither intended nor desired. H&Ms sizes are global and the sizes offered in the U.K. are the same in all the 66 markets in which we operate in and online.
As there is no global mandatory sizing standard, sizes will differ between brands and different markets. Our dedicated, in-house sizing department works according to an average of the sizes and measurements suggested by the markets we operate in. H&M sizes are continually reviewed by our in-house sizing department.”
But the fact they keep having to reply to these posts shows that the changes aren’t really being reviewed quite enough. For some people, it’s just annoying. But for others, it’s a blow to their confidence.
Have you experienced this?
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