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As the new Pfister Narrator, I have been spending time at the beautiful Pfister Hotel. Consequently, I invested in a few items to spruce up the wardrobe.
I buy most of my clothing second hand, but I decided to try a few affordable new-clothing stores, too. So I asked around. Multiple women suggested H&M, Target and Kohlâ€™s Department Store.
I donâ€™t like malls or shopping, so I decided to check out these stores in one swoop to get it over with. I started at H&M. Indeed, I found some items I liked. And the prices were pretty good.
I was excited to find slightly upscale attire that still had edge. Like dress pants with a subtle skull print and black, vaguely Gothy tops.
But my enthusiasm waned behind the dressing room door.
Ninety-eight percent of my wardrobe is a size 6, and so, naturally, thatâ€™s the size I grabbed at H&M. However, I could barely pull the pants above my knees. So I got an 8. Better, but still too small.Â
I thought about grabbing a 10, but then I got annoyed. Itâ€™s not that a size 10 is upsetting to me â€“ itâ€™s an average size for a woman â€“ but I realized that if scrawny olâ€™ me needs to try on clothing thatâ€™s two sizes or more larger than her usual size, what does this mean for women who are a 10 or a 12?Â Do they grab a 14 or 16 at H&M?
Does H&M even carry a 16?
I ran this by a couple of other women and both agreed that the sizing at H&M runs small. A male coworker said he noticed the same thing in the menâ€™s clothing.
Iâ€™m not suggesting vanity sizing where I miraculously fit into a size 0, but H&Mâ€™s sizing seems unfair. Especially for women who already struggle with body acceptance. (Ahem, most of us.)
Interestingly, I went to Target and Kohlâ€™s following my trip to H&M (where I bought nothing because I was so frustrated with the sizing) and I easily fit into a size 6 again.
I just donâ€™t get it H&M.
Size 12 women can't shop at H&M, because an average US size 12 translates to plus size at H&M. Not sure if the stores even carry plus sizes, the web site probably does. FYI, most of H&M's clothing is made in Bangladeshi sweatshops, one of which recently burned down claiming 400 lives.
Yes, but the same is to be said for stores like Express - I typically wear a size 4-6 and was trying on jeans (ugh!! the worst, right?!) and was down to a size 1. Look... as good as that felt, because, like most women I have body-image issues, I KNOW I am not a size anything below a 4. I'm just not. Not even on a good day.
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