Lifestyle, Mental Health

Distorted Body Images: Sizing charts

I have a problem with sizing charts and its, lets say ‘aura’ (namely online sizing charts). It categorizes people into a particular group, and more often than not, into unrealistic standards. It asks for conformity. If you fit into this, you’re this. If you don’t fit into this, well then good luck out there. I dislike how they don’t take into account other body shapes. I am a pear shape with basically no bosom, so sizing charts for one pieced items never work out. And no one ever talks about such a body shape, but that’s another tangent. I understand a sizing chart is a rough estimate of how an item is to fit, but the lack of flexibility in those listed measurements bothers me. However, my main problem is with the stigma around the idea of fitting into a particular size and what that means to society.

I dislike how a number or a letter on a label has the ability to reduce us into self-conscious, confidence-lacking individuals.  It’s silly. Why put so much time and effort into a number or letter? What is your true source of happiness in all this?

And then a couple years ago vanity sizing became a thing. Another can of worms.

This is a big topic, so here’s just a little bit of what’s on my mind. What are your thoughts? Leave them below!

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9 thoughts on “Distorted Body Images: Sizing charts

  1. Lena says:

    I agree; we should not subjugate our health and well being to the standards set by society. With they said, it is in our nature as women interested in fashion to want to conform to those stereotypes. I’ve been thru those stages but as I mature and become more comfortable in my skin I’ve tried to put those unattainable goals aside and focus on being healthy and happy. Like I said it’s not easy (I still go gooey-eyed over tall statuesque women with perfect proportions in magazine spreads and occasionally wish i can be that “perfect”) but it’s a work in progress 🙂

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    • Hi Lena,
      Thanks for dropping by and giving me your thoughts. Women are generally more interested in fashion and thus are more likely to be targeted to conform to these stereotypes, but I think if we can somehow change what these idealistic goals are we can be in a healthier place. I go “gooey-eyed over tall statuesque women” in magazine shoots too, but perhaps because I’m quite forgetful, I forget about the image quite quickly!

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  2. Ugh I’m not even going to get started on this subject, I’ll just say there are plenty of women who haven’t really hanged sizes throughout their life other than times like pregnancy yet according to fashion and shop sizing they’ve gone up and down sizes and if they’re a particularly small or large or half size then it’s extra for hard for them. A size 12 from the 50’s is most definitely not a modern size 12 and voluptuous starlets past and present are usually thinner than we realize but have the hourglass figure so it’s not as noticeable. Ridiculous really to be told by some fashion committee that you’re short/petite one day and a midget the next or to change the meaning of words into buzz words for a target group as if it only applies to them.

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    • Oh yea, society’s vision of what a female (or male) body should be is definitely way off! I think as long as one is healthy and working out reasonably, it doesn’t matter what size you are. Thanks for leaving me your thoughts!

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