I was in the mall last week and saw a ton of sale signs proclaiming it was back to school season. I laughed at myself remembering how excited I would get for this time of year as a teen. My mom and I would make a day out of back to school shopping. We’d hit the mall, she’d help me pick out new clothes and treat me to lunch after. It was such a fun day! But I also remember the stressful side of back to school shopping – my clothes size.
My biggest fear would be that I’d find out I’d gone up a size. I knew I was a growing teen and that my size could fluctuate, but it would fluctuate two or three sizes depending on the store! It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized and understood that my clothing size doesn’t matter. Okay, maybe it does in certain circumstances. If your clothes are starting to feel snug, it’s a good indication that you’ve had a few too many cheeseburgers at all those summer cookouts. But the actual number on the tag? No, it doesn’t matter.
What does matter is how your clothes fit. There really isn’t a standard size for women’s clothing. You can be a 6 in one store, a 10 in another. Sometimes you’ll be a different size in the same store but in a different brand of clothing. It never stops!
Who cares what the number on the tag says? The tag doesn’t determine the look of an item, and it doesn’t determine how you feel in that item either. The look and feel is based on how the item fits. Clothing should flatter your natural figure. It should compliment and balance your shape. An easy way to do this is to buy clothing and then take it to your tailor and have it custom-made to fit you better. This is what every single celebrity does. They don’t buy and wear their clothes off the rack and neither should you!
If I had known about proper tailoring and “vanity sizing” when I was younger, I probably would’ve felt a little better about my body. So if you’re taking your teen back to school shopping this month, talk to her/him about clothes sizes and assure them that it’s completely normal to have to go up a size or two. And remind yourself the next time you’re out shopping. And if the number on the tag really does bother you, cut it out as soon as you take it home.