One Size Fits None

Grace Tepper puts it best: “There are billions of people on this planet, and every one of us was made differently.” Yet, clothing companies and brands seem to want to ignore this wonderful fact in favor of producing few to even one size of clothing for a very limited body type.

Whether you like it or not, everyone eventually has to go shopping. Even your favorite jeans get worn out eventually, although you’ll always remember how good they were to you. When you inevitably step into a store to find a replacement, you probably want a range of sizes to choose from, right? There are billions of people on this planet, and every one of us was made differently. Unfortunately, not all companies believe that. As an almost six foot tall athlete, I know firsthand the crushing disappointment that comes with ending a great day of shopping with a stop in a one-size section.

One-size clothing belongs in the ninth circle of hell (Dante must have omitted it in his final draft of Inferno). It only caters to one body type. Long legs? Jeans are too short. Plus size? Everything is skin tight. One measurement off in any direction and one size stores, like Brandy Melville, are almost all off-limits for you. It doesn’t matter how cute the shoe is if you can’t wear it. If you’re buying something to just sit on your shelf it might as well be a book (which you’ll honestly get more wear out of than too-small stilettos).

For many, there are boundless body image issues that come along with the physical inability to sport one-size fashion. Hit brands that make the clothing are excluding so, so many body types from wearing their clothes. This can lead to insecurities about oneself or feeling a need to fit the “ideal” fashion standards. It’s quite the slap in the face. It’s something you don’t always think about until that adorable skirt across the room is only available for one of your friends. You can’t even check for other sizes in the back of the store, because the company purposefully made only one. How are curvy women, straight-bodied women and all others supposed to fit in that size zero?

Brands that portray this fashion inequality continue to do so despite public backlash, which only worsens the issue. Over the years, even companies with more than one size have reduced their options, like in the case of Abercrombie refusing to sell large sizes a few years ago. On the bright side, websites and stores are opening up that cater to less-represented body types, like tall and short sections or plus-size stores. They are a perfect response to the brands that have put down other body types for so long, telling the majority of the population that they simply weren’t good enough for the mainstream.

If you do fit into the clothing sold by one size stores, then by all means wear what makes you feel good! If you don’t, just know that there are places out there that are trying to support you rather than bring you down. The entire human race isn’t supposed to look like one person, and if it were, fashion wouldn’t exist. After all, your closet isn’t just 15 replicas of one outfit, is it?