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Clothing Size Is Just a Number, and Here’s Proof

We all know the inevitable dressing room struggle: grabbing a bunch of sizes, hoping one of them fits and ultimately walking away disappointed. There is nothing more frustrating than the inconsistent sizing at stores. Size tags have long been a mystery since people most certainly don’t come in a one-size-fits-all variety, nor do we all perfectly fit into different sizes. This woman’s incredible photos truly prove why clothing size really doesn’t matter.

Earlier this month, Deena Shoemaker shared a Facebook post of herself while trying on six different clothing items that fit her the exact same way. The catch? They all ranged in size from five to twelve. 

She wrote, “No, I’m not selling my pants; I’ve just got a bone to pick.” Not only is this something that Shoemaker has experience firsthand, but she also works as a counselor to preteen girls. At their age, size tags mean everything to them — and somehow Shoemaker has to explain why it doesn’t matter.

“I’ve listened to countless girls tell me about their new diets and [weight-loss] fads. I’ve had girls sob in my arms and ask me, ‘If I were skinnier, would he have stayed?’ I’ve counseled girls who were skipping meals. I’ve caught some throwing up everything they’ve just eaten.”  

In reality, it’s not just women who deal with this and it’s most definitely more about being healthy and happy than fitting into a particular size.

Shoemaker leaves us with a pretty powerful message:

“The size printed inside your clothes is subjective to the fashion industry’s personal taste and it fluctuates rapidly. Stop believing the social [norms] about who and what you should be.”

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Written by Allison Cooper. This post was originally published on ClassPass's blog, The Warm UpClassPass is a monthly membership that connects you to more than 8,500 of the best fitness studios worldwide. Have you been thinking about trying it? Start now on the Base Plan and get five classes for your first month for only $19.

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