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Why women’s clothing sizes don’t make sense

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Women's clothing sizes are very inconsistent. So no, it's not you. It's the women’s clothing industry. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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Emily Mintern (3 hours ago)
It is true I always feel so horrible when I don’t fit into a pair of jeans that are my size ! Just depends what shop I go into 😂
spacefrog 712 (11 hours ago)
I will have a 5 night gala the day women’s jeans get pockets
DM-audioswaps (3 days ago)
The reason why i buy mens clothes, especially for shirts. Women clothes are usually too big or too short, mens fits much better
NewLogic 1/4 YT (4 days ago)
Just measure in imperial/metric units
Katelynn Rogers (10 days ago)
I used to always feel crappy about myself because my clothing size seemed to change so drastically, very often. Once I realized that the sizes for clothes mean nothing, I felt a huge sense of relief. To this day, my size can vary from a size 0 (or XS), to a size 4 (or S). American Eagle is the only company that sells pants that fit my entire leg properly, at a size 2.
María Rodriguez (12 days ago)
I bought Levi’s jeans in the USA and they fit, I bought the same model and size in México and only one of 3 fit
laura Minnick (14 days ago)
And not to mention style of clothing. Like I'm a size 0 and most clothes in my size are super Revealing. Like why can't I wear something you can't see my bra in, or covers my stomach, etc
Nomi the Magpie (15 days ago)
this makes hell for transfems...
Chuck Clare (17 days ago)
Just be skinny
ThePhantom710 (18 days ago)
Even guys deal with this. In my personal experience, I’ve found that Arizona jeans tend to run slimmer than Levi’s, which in turn run slimmer than Lee and Lucky. Clothing sizes for both sexes should honestly have an ISO standard. Vanity sizing should be classified as misleading marketing and banned.
ii_noxdle (19 days ago)
This is why I like more really long shorts....
ii_noxdle (19 days ago)
This is why I like more really long shorts....
Meymes (21 days ago)
So is this why women take hours in shops, only to come out with 2 or 3 items???
Leigh Feria (21 days ago)
Thank you Uniqlo for accepting women in all forms ❤️
This Channel (22 days ago)
Why am I watching this I'm a guy lol
athena8794 (22 days ago)
or just do what i do: buy your jeans in the dudes section. predictable sizing and actually usable pockets!
Vulcon (22 days ago)
Im a simple man, i got one kind of jeans and if i need a new one i buy this exact jean again!
wizardom (22 days ago)
"why is <INSERT_ANYTHING> f***ed?" Money. Always.
Ella Sophia (22 days ago)
I'm an 8 at TJ maxx but a 4 at Ambocrombie and Fitch. Kind of annoying.
why this is on my youtube recommendation ?
Joseph Jorgensen (23 days ago)
If they just went to inch sizes and went away from the random number crap the problem would go away
Elias Oberlechner (23 days ago)
@vox I´m doing a research about sizing and i have already read the study from Ruth O´brien. My question is, where i can find the study : "Body measurements for the sizing of women's patterns and apparel" from 1958. Do you have a link for me to find the study online? I`d be thankful for every information.
Sam_in_Black (24 days ago)
Y'all. Duluth Trading Company sells women's clothes by MEASUREMENT just like men's! We need more stores to do that.
Josh Schaefer (24 days ago)
so many comments saying that women's pants should be sized like men's. I've literally tried on 3 different pairs of pants from H&M that all said 32, and were all completely different waist size. Although the numbers make more sense, the fit and true size always changes.
macc (25 days ago)
big woop
Liv NYC (25 days ago)
I go in H&M and I’m a medium large..... in other stores I’m a xstmall🙄🙄😔
Trine Langohr (28 days ago)
Even if the basis for the measurements was bad because the group was probably all-white and quite thin - even so, the system would be useful if it was consistent. I like the chart at 2:50. It shows that "size 0" and "size 00" are actually perfectly normal measurements that have always existed, and are neither "extreme" nor "unhealthy". They have just been re-named, and people pretend (or really believe?) that they're new sizes meant to shame women into becoming skinnier and skinnier. When in reality, we first-worlders all get fatter and fatter. Which is also masked by vanity sizing. And that is, sadly, not a good thing.
Seikoocekili _ (28 days ago)
Kohl Martin (28 days ago)
Why doesn't the industry size women's clothing like men's? I wear 36 x 32 jeans. 36 inch waist x 32 inch inseam. This isn't that hard. Men shirts are measured by neck, chest, and arm length inches.
Kay (1 month ago)
I'm so glad that this video exists so I have proof that I'm not crazy for taking forever to buy clothes.
Klara (1 month ago)
Okay but obviously do companies make clothes thatd fit their demo better like isn't that kinda self explanatory on why
Jarid Gaming (1 month ago)
4:00 Size is not just a number lol, if you are a woman and you are overweight dont buy into that bullshit. Do what is right for your health and lose weight, same for men. Being overweight can cause you to live a shorter life. You raise the risk of heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, strokes, cancer and more. Please talk to your doctor about how to lose weight and how much you should be eatting. I don't know why other women are pushing this "if your overweight it's ok agenda." They obviously dont care about you enough to warn you about the seriousness of being overweight. This goes for the same in men, or any gender. Lose weight. You will feel better and live longer. Look up your height and weight and age to see if you are at the healthy weight for you. If not talk to your doctor.
Jarid Gaming (1 month ago)
Women clothes are so low now to make them feel thinner instead of actually being thinner. Men's are our waistline size because we are not sensitive about our weight.
Alex Krause (1 month ago)
Some of my stuff is M. I guess thats my usual size. In China the stuff I had to buy was 4XL ... and thats still tighter than my M clothes from Germany
Wasif Tajwar (1 month ago)
Size doesnt matter if ur pretty average or abit more than average. ..size does matters if ur pretty obese ,than ur pretty unhealthy nd gotta lose weight
Brandon Pohl (1 month ago)
Men's pants: waist X leg length. Women's pants: random number generator
Joon Young Kim (1 month ago)
feminism is society's cancer
Damaris croffoot-suede (1 month ago)
Woman’s Clothing as Aired before this LOL
the_cosmic_alexolotl (1 month ago)
I buy nearly all of my jeans from the same store because they consistently fit
brandon chan (1 month ago)
The reason this video didn't mention varying size scales for men is because men don't wear pants(unless they stretch). Simple.
Bhavya Bhavya (1 month ago)
In India, pant sizes are in inches, in most clothing stores!
emily aaaAa (1 month ago)
jeans suck because if they fit my hips they don’t fit my waist and vice versa and then they are too long and then i have to cuff them and ugh
Benjamin Castillo (1 month ago)
It's the same for mens clothes. it's the brands size that vary. Just never order any garment from china.
siddhu g (1 month ago)
18 to 22 yr bra size
RHN (1 month ago)
Do women ever stop complaining
Copper CatFox (1 month ago)
0 is too big, 00 is too small
Emily Grace (1 month ago)
I have pants size 9, 11, and 13 and they all fit me lmao
Viv Wallace (1 month ago)
US, please, just use inches for waist sizes for pants. People will get f0cking used to it. F0ck marketing. Europe and y'all, do the same in cm. Wished that it was all standardized, but people's bodies aren't easy to standardize. We are all different shapes and sizes.
Aygoo Booyaa (1 month ago)
Most of my jeans are either cut coz theyre too long, or sewed on the waistline cos its too big
GinHindew110 (1 month ago)
So, is all because of vanity sizing, nice to know but to try to undermine its effect by claiming stuff like "is just a number" kinda goes against the previous content of the video "using a single measurement for a woman's body is madness" and all that stuff, instead they should have stayed in the clear approach without adding opinions, i mean, do you think men need encouraging about their body sizes? the ones who want to improve their bodies will do it and the ones who are not will accept it, there is no need to treat women as if they had less mental fortitude than men and try to comfort them
Gabriel Castaneda (1 month ago)
Men's clothing is starting to catch up. Men's sizes start @ effeminate, gay, skinny, regular, and relaxed fits.
YaBoi Kermit (1 month ago)
i honestly feel like i cant order anything online in womans size cause im scared its gonna be the wrong size
Shannon Wiggins (1 month ago)
I gotta save this video somewhere for whenever I hear a guy complain about how long it takes a woman to shop. This. This is why.
Elizendo (1 month ago)
it takes me(a female) a max 20 minutes to shop.
TRUTH.IS.HELLA. BITTER (1 month ago)
Clothes are designed for TRANSGENDER People. Marilyn Monroe was a Man. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!
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Copper CatFox (1 month ago)
I’m Bored (1 month ago)
I think this is why I could never find the perfect pair of jeans.................
Rachana Baditha (1 month ago)
I live in India...and so much of the clothes here are meant for only skinny people. Even the XL size! I’m a bit chubby and so it’s such a pain to find good clothes here
nyc anna (1 month ago)
just buy pants that are sized by the waist (24,25,etc.) its much easier and makes more sense.
Max Hoffer (1 month ago)
I'm a man, quite slim, I buy normal clothes and if I can buy any pants in the same size that fit me in two different stores, then it would be a miracle. This isn't a female only problem.
lovin_ari (1 month ago)
They have to start making pants for really tall people, I'm really skinny and tall and can never find my size. It would either be too short and fit the waist or the perfect length and be big, wthhhh
S E (1 month ago)
Here’s one for the list: why is that a smaller waist and larger hips are considered ideal but THEY DONT MAKE JEANS FOR THEM!?
Jimothy Peanut (1 month ago)
For me, they waited don't fit past my heel, or the legs fit perfectly, but the waist is way too big
Yayayay Yayaya (1 month ago)
this is why i wear skirts and oversized tops they go together and most fit well
Zylith Purrfect (1 month ago)
Peters palace (1 month ago)
Okay but can we add deeper pockets to girls pants
Joe man (1 month ago)
This is why I let the nuts hang
AnimeL0v3r AndPotatos (1 month ago)
I belive this is why most women wear leggings now, right?
Phanpy 121 (1 month ago)
Ok, but like this happens with menswere too.
Sandy Tidwell (1 month ago)
The only function size serves is when you're trying on clothes in the store. If the garment is too loose, you go down a number, if it's too tight, you do up a number. That's the last time you need to know the size of that garment.
Scarlett Davis (1 month ago)
I once looked at sizing charts because I was online shopping and found I was almost the largeset size at kookaï (an Australian brand) and the second smallest at forever 21
sacha falcone (1 month ago)
I don’t feel bad about myself because of wack sizing it just makes buying clothes online hell
Tuany Bignotto (1 month ago)
I hate wearing woman jeans so inconsistent and with NO POCKETS!!
Nothing Here (2 months ago)
My sister wears American Eagles jeans and I wear Old Navy so whenever I see her wearing 8s and I’m wearing 12s it makes me feel bad She is slimmer but not by that much Edit: I’m also 3 inches taller
gobang dobal (2 months ago)
Why number of cloth from romantic example M D XL X
gobang dobal (2 months ago)
Where and when spandex is founder?
bean sprout (2 months ago)
Being 94lbs and 5’0 is hard and jeans never look good on me. So i just wear skirts everyday.
Rose Vampire (2 months ago)
Some of my clothes are size 10 and some are size 22. Uk sizing.
Brendon Urie Is god (2 months ago)
And we now know why everyone loves topshop jeans, cause their perfect
Quaking Queen (2 months ago)
When I buy jeans in my size (6) it fits my hips legs and booty but they are too big for my waist
Dalin Zwart (2 months ago)
At some stores I need an M or even an L and that kinda makes me feel bad about myself..
Digital Rae (2 months ago)
Ya someone explain why my shirt is an extra large but my sweater is a small.
hoeworldian (2 months ago)
all i want is a clothing that fits perfect
Jeremy Boeve (2 months ago)
give me my rice (2 months ago)
Zara has the biggest.
Savannah Sophia (2 months ago)
This is so confusing!
bumble bitch (3 months ago)
i can go from a 00 to a 4 depending on the store. it’s crazy how inconsistent it is
Fuuusel (3 months ago)
I'm 5,2ft (160 cm) tall and have very wide hips for my height. To that comes, that I have pretty short legs, thin ankles but big thighs. I'm comfortable with my body, but nothing in stores fits. It's too long, too tight, too wide or simply unflattering and that makes me sad, because it's rubbing me in the face, how my proportions don't fit the beauty standards,
Molly Stringer (3 months ago)
I went into a store to get a pair of black pants: they could be jeans, dress pants, joggers,, anything but leggings. Every single size 8 I grabbed was different. Some were too small, others were too loose, most were too short. It was ridiculous. I ended up just buying a pair of black jeans from american eagle where I know my size.
IceHouse (3 months ago)
“Malnurited white women”
Keziah Oliver (3 months ago)
"It's not you, it's the industry" how to boost up women's confidence with just 6 words
C.L. Banks (3 months ago)
Women sizes should just be like Men's sizes. Measure the waist and leg lenth. I wear a 32Wx32L inch pants for example. Legs about 32 inches long. waist 32 inches circumference. Pants can also come boot cut, regular, straight, slim straight, or slim to compensate for the size and comfort of legs being tailor made. Shirts for Men usually go by the neck circumference and the arm length. I wear a 15 1/2 Neck 34-35 arm length. Shirts can either be regular fit or slim or loose. And then your have the standard xs,s,m,l,xl,xxl,xxxl,xxxxl,xxxxxl for shirts and/pants that offer a general size
Galactic Dragon (3 months ago)
Literally fashion brands are causing suicides and bullying because they are like ( these are just examples ) Zara 4 Extremelly big on friend Hollister 4 Doesent fit in you "Omg u are so fat, i am not big enough for 4 while u cant fit in it lol u are so fat, thats why you should be anorexic and be a b**ch like me lol " Its also a problem when you have a body size that is considered fat in popular brands and the ones focused in ig body types consides you anorexic Another reason to hate fashion and shopping
CALLI CLEMONS (3 months ago)
right now i’m wearing a shirt in a size small, and jeans in a size twelve. My upper half is not even that much small than my lower half. It makes no sense.
Roshea (3 months ago)
soooo what size top do I get my gf
Jeremy Boeve (3 months ago)
Men's sizing is so easy-to-use
Synthra Official (3 months ago)
Don't get me started with shoes... I wear a 10 as a girl and there are only heals.
Zoë Georgia (3 months ago)
I feel like there is less variation in the uk I always fit a either a UK size 4 or 6. My real stickler is when companies only make and sell UK size 8 and above. Not cool.
no jams (3 months ago)
this is why I don't know my size
perry (3 months ago)
i want to have pants that fit me perfectly (at my calves, my thighs, my waist, my hips)
sleepybear (4 months ago)
vox really be out here using the minecraft soundtrack
Yahi Junco (4 months ago)
I just measured myself, and buy clothes that are the most pefrect fitting and a bit bigger so i can just tailor it to actually fit me perfectly. Its a hassle sometimes but at least I can make things look good on me and not just wish they would lol.

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