There’s no shame in the occasional dressing room selfie, especially if the goal is to call out absurd clothing sizes that make you feel like you don’t fit in with the rest of the world. A U.K. woman recently posted a photo on Facebook to do just that, and it’s getting a lot of attention. Ruth Clemens usually wears a size 14 (U.S. size 12) but couldn’t button a pair of H&M’s size-16 jeans. And that shirt that looks like a crop top? It’s a medium.
“Why are you making jeans that are unrealistically small?” she asked the brand. H&M responded with an apology and said it’s considering the issue. The post is a good reminder not to take clothing sizes too seriously. The fact that we classify our bodies with an arbitrary system of numbers is strange enough—we don’t need it messing with our sense of self-worth.
Check out her note below:
I was browsing your sale items in your Leeds store and spotted this pair of kick flare jeans. They were only a tenner—bargain! —and a size 16. I’m normally a size 14 on my hips (occasionally 16 if buying trousers) so I thought I’d try them on. It did not go well.
As I’m sure you’re aware, size 16 is the largest size you stock (apart from in your plus size range, which is very limited in store and does not offer the range of styles for the fashion-conscious that are available in smaller sizes).
I am not overweight (not that that should matter) and although I’m 5 foot 11, my body is pretty average shape-wise. 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?
You might recognise the top I’m wearing—it’s one of yours and it’s a size Medium. Sort it out would you.
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