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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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fairlyløcal (13 hours ago)
i wear a size 3, and im like 5’5. i’m only 93 lbs. help.
Sam Blake (1 day ago)
try buying dresses when youre a 2 up top and a 6/8 bottoms... thats when the real fun begins
leemoNo ༄ (2 days ago)
I got too tired, I just wear gym shorts. I never been so relaxed. I find it kinda comfy also, that's another plus.
Glib by Glob by (3 days ago)
My brother asks about my size and why it's so weird. Let's just say he's able to see
EVERY single time I need to go shop for clothes it triggers my anxiety and my self hatred.
SIKE nah (4 days ago)
I actually never struggle with pants. I’m usually a size 2 with exception at different stores so I just eyeball it between size 2 and size 4.
Maria Lams (4 days ago)
I thought this video would also adress the fact that, in women´s jeans, for example, you can´t fit a single thing into the pockets.
this is why I don't lie online shopping, at this point IDK my size I just wear what fits right
warda youssef (5 days ago)
Lol in some shops i have size 4 and others i have size 6 or even 8
Genesis Smith (10 days ago)
I actually feel better about this ...because i hate that i wear a 6 in some and 10 in others but i can wear jr miss at Wal-Mart which makea ne shop more there cause i feel tiny
jane (14 days ago)
someone make good looking jeans/shorts/sweatpants/hoodies/skirts/dresses with pockets so women dont have to carry bags everywhere. i always have to wear a light raincoat when i go out in the summer because i cant be bothered to use a bag, the coat has big enough pockets for everything but cant i just have it all on me WITHOUT the jacket ? even my brothers pajama shorts have pockets
this is why you learn to sew
Fangirl? Fangirl. (1 month ago)
I go shopping for jeans, and after four or five hours of wasting my time, I just come back home with a shirt???
Minaomameru chan (1 month ago)
me : small, medIUM, LARGE
Rose Vampire (1 month ago)
English sizes. I can wear both a size 4 and a size 16 top. I can wear both size 10 and size 14 trousers.
FreshPasta 10 (1 month ago)
So that’s why my mom takes so much time to pick cloths
Marcy Marcy (1 month ago)
Let's just start using clothes bigger than us and wrap them with some strings
francisjavi3 (1 month ago)
Man's clothing has the same problem.
Harjot Kaur (1 month ago)
i cant stop thinking about how much research you guys have to do for just one video
Unicorn Puppet (1 month ago)
*looks at title* _tell me about it_
bitTorrenter (1 month ago)
Whilst Monroe's waist & hip measurements are indicative of a Size 12/13 for 1945, her 36" bust would only have fit in a Size 18.
Bailey Bonds (1 month ago)
You are so right
jkjkjkjk (1 month ago)
You look like a size 2 😔
Isabella Johnson (1 month ago)
That’s a terrible message to give off you should know if you’re letting go of yourself or not
Sonicz Forever (1 month ago)
Yeah I agree with that, sadly the uk clothing seems to only cater for every thin women. I am anorexic and bulimic I weigh 103 pounds My hip is 34.25 and I need to take 2-3 bigger as there are so few jeans with elastic. It has made me regret almost regaining the weight needed to survive. I have a slow metabolism and the jeans situation had me in tears. The size was so small in dresses meant I had to buy a 16 to accommodate my shoulders,. I was disgusted in my arms. It was just the way I turned out. It only started after I regained the weight. It messed with my head. I follow models numbers as I don't want to look very curvy. Preference. I have damage to my upper body and it has not developed normally. I think its terrible and women need to have more jeans that have some stretch in them. The message if you are a certain size forget about shopping. I find the process expensive and humiliating and go for mens. All well and good to cater for for smaller bodies but this is getting unreasonable. I tried to slim my shoulders as the tee shirts in one store were very small now I have to make my own tops as they are far too big in all the other shops. Very very unrealistic and such a waste as no one can ACTUALLY buy them.
Aye_ LilyPie (1 month ago)
I don't understand, someone explain 😂
ana (1 month ago)
as someone who gained 13 pounds last year, it’s been so hard to find jeans that fit me. I was always a 0 but now I find that I’m either a 2 or a 5 depending on what store I go too it’s mad annoying sksks so thank god for mom jeans that fit way too big but look cute
Chewy _DaBae (1 month ago)
Same thing with shoes
sick dude. (1 month ago)
My jeans are always perfect in the front of the waist but super loose in the back and just stands out??? Am I the only one with this problem?
Napk1ns (1 month ago)
With all the respect to women, how narrow minded can you be to think men's clothing doesn't experience the same problems?
Raein X (1 month ago)
I have never found any shorts, skirts or pants that fit me perfectly. I have slim legs and waist but my hips are quite wide. If they fit my hips, the waist is way too big and so are the legs. If they fit my legs, they won’t go over my hips, it’s a nightmare
NUMBER 09 (1 month ago)
J C (1 month ago)
Speaking from a male point of view... This is soooooo stupid. woman sizes are a marketing scheme
Fallon Leaves (1 month ago)
So last year, I wore a 2 in jeans. My thigh/butt area went up to a 4, but my calves and waist didnt. Pants are already too long on me, and then if they fit my legs they DONT fit near the waist. The only way i can fit in jeans is if they're "Mom JEans" which I love, but it's frustrating that I have to look for a specific style just to fit the shape i have.
I’m Jake Paul 🤨 (1 month ago)
Sometimes I’m a small or a medium or a large like wth
rose l (1 month ago)
that's why i wear boys clothes
Alina Rudya (1 month ago)
Monroe had a 35 inch bust and 35 inch hips (91 cm) with a waist of 22 inches (55 cm). She was NOT a size 6 in the modern measurements, but likely a 4 or even a 2!
RIGGS (1 month ago)
This isn't just for women mens clothing has the same issue
LadyJosie (2 months ago)
baselinejhs (2 months ago)
y'all know when jeans fit around your waist and thighs but not around your calves? those mf's basically bell-bottomed then lmaooo 😫
삔쎄요 (1 month ago)
baselinejhs omg I feel you. I’ll try on “super skinny” jeans and they flare out and look so ugly
Emily Mintern (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
I will have a 5 night gala the day women’s jeans get pockets
DM-audioswaps (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Just measure in imperial/metric units
Katelynn Rogers (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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
삔쎄요 (1 month ago)
laura Minnick you should try shopping in different stores! I don’t know where you’re from but in Canada we have Garage and they have a sister brand called Dynamite that sells casual to business casual clothes that I actually love. Garage is targeted for teens and Dynamite is basically targeted for when they grow up
Nomi the Magpie (2 months ago)
this makes hell for transfems...
Chuck Clare (2 months ago)
Just be skinny
ThePhantom710 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
This is why I like more really long shorts....
ii_noxdle (2 months ago)
This is why I like more really long shorts....
Meymes (2 months ago)
So is this why women take hours in shops, only to come out with 2 or 3 items???
Leigh Feria (2 months ago)
Thank you Uniqlo for accepting women in all forms ❤️
athena8794 (2 months ago)
or just do what i do: buy your jeans in the dudes section. predictable sizing and actually usable pockets!
Vulcon (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
"why is <INSERT_ANYTHING> f***ed?" Money. Always.
Ella Sophia (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
If they just went to inch sizes and went away from the random number crap the problem would go away
Elias Oberlechner (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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.
anermly (2 months ago)
big woop
Liv NYC (2 months ago)
I go in H&M and I’m a medium large..... in other stores I’m a xstmall🙄🙄😔
Trine Langohr (2 months 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 _ (3 months ago)
Kohl Martin (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Okay but obviously do companies make clothes thatd fit their demo better like isn't that kinda self explanatory on why
Jarid Gaming (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Men's pants: waist X leg length. Women's pants: random number generator
Joon Young Kim (3 months ago)
feminism is society's cancer
Blue Gachas (3 months ago)
Woman’s Clothing as Aired before this LOL
the_cosmic_alexolotl (3 months ago)
I buy nearly all of my jeans from the same store because they consistently fit
brandon chan (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
In India, pant sizes are in inches, in most clothing stores!
emily aaaAa (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
It's the same for mens clothes. it's the brands size that vary. Just never order any garment from china.
siddhu g (3 months ago)
18 to 22 yr bra size
RHN (3 months ago)
Do women ever stop complaining
Copper CatFox (3 months ago)
0 is too big, 00 is too small
Emily Grace (3 months ago)
I have pants size 9, 11, and 13 and they all fit me lmao
Viv Wallace (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Most of my jeans are either cut coz theyre too long, or sewed on the waistline cos its too big
GinHindew110 (3 months 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
YaBoi Kermit (3 months ago)
i honestly feel like i cant order anything online in womans size cause im scared its gonna be the wrong size
Shannon Wiggins (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
it takes me(a female) a max 20 minutes to shop.
TRUTH.IS.HELLA. BITTER (3 months ago)
Clothes are designed for TRANSGENDER People. Marilyn Monroe was a Man. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!
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Copper CatFox (3 months ago)
I’m Bored (3 months ago)
I think this is why I could never find the perfect pair of jeans.................
Rachana Baditha (3 months 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
anna orlovtsev (3 months ago)
just buy pants that are sized by the waist (24,25,etc.) its much easier and makes more sense.
Max Hoffer (3 months 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.
Emanuela (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
For me, they waited don't fit past my heel, or the legs fit perfectly, but the waist is way too big

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