Operation Skinny Jeans: What the actual fuck, Target?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What the actual fuck, Target?


I am gonna hop up on my soap box for a moment.

Obviously there are size inconsistencies in women's clothing. This is something, that as a woman, you almost come to expect. There are even size variations within the same store, as I pointed out about my Old Navy shorts earlier this year. But I think that sometimes this goes too far.

For example, Target.

I freaking love your store Target. I would spend all of my monies there if I didn't have to pay for rent or my car. But you make me feel like I am not good enough to wear your clothes by your OUTRAGEOUSLY inaccurate sizing.

Not sure if you noticed, but I am now a 16. Not by "make-you-feel-better-about-yourself-fat-girl-store-sizes", but by normal, mainstream sizes at Old Navy and Maurices. But when I walk into your store and pull a size 20 off your rack and can not squeeze my body into it, I think the problem is yours, not mine. Why are your sizes SO much different than other stores that sell similar items? I can guarantee you are not making any friends by forcing women to size up to fit into your clothes. No one wants to be a size 6 everywhere, but a 10 at your store. Why don't you look at what other industry standards are, and get with the program?

Now I understand this is falling on deaf ears. And that inconsistencies in women's sizing is a fact of life we all have to deal with. I am just so over feeling like I am not good enough to fit into a certain stores clothes because their sizes are off. It is a great thing my self worth is not measured by my pant size.

So you wont find me in the clothing section of Target any time soon. The homegoods section tho, is a completely different story. I'm not THAT unreasonable :)



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21 comments :

  1. Old Navy is known for its generous sizing, so I'm not surprised you wouldn't be a 16 everywhere. My pants range from 12-18 depending on where I am, and at some places, I can't fit into anything because of the way the pants are cut. Don't let it get you down!

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  2. Ditto what Starr said about ON's sizing-- LOFT's sizing tends to be generous too (but shoot if I won't throw a dressing room party over wearing an 8 there!). Totally hear you on Target's sizing though!! I have pants there that are borderline too big, but I try on the same size pencil skirt and it's not even close to fitting. WHY CAN'T WE JUST HAVE MEN'S SIZING? So many problems would be avoided. Honestly, I try to avoid focusing on the number and instead focusing on what fits (and looks damn good) on :)

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  3. Target usually isn't that bad! Maybe you were looking in the juniors section? I actually fit really well in the women' section- more room for hips but can not wear any of the larger junior's sizes.

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  4. I'm with Candice, the junior section is no good (size 7-14?!), but I usually have good luck with the sizing in the women's section.

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  5. Well I have to agree with you about Target's sizing... their bottoms sizes are ridiculous and you will never find me buying them there! Love me some Target, but after more than one dressing room nightmare, I never even bother with their clothes!

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  6. Love everything about Target, except for this! I've always had this issue there with their pants because I have never had super thin legs/booty.

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  7. Unfortunately, a lot of stores, including Old Navy have vanity sizing. I love Old Navy because I can wear a 10 there. However, it's more like a true 16. That's why when you try on a wedding dress or bridesmaid dress, they're likely much larger than the "size" you normally wear. The wedding dresses are sized according to proper sizing. Also, the bigger you are, the greater the variance in sizes. Don't worry though, pretty soon you'll be fitting into those Target clothes no problem!

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  8. I used to have to buy xxl shirts from Target when I was in a L XL every where else - Target does have nice clothes, but they need to get their sizing out of whack!

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  9. Yep. their sizing sucks balls. Especially their jeans. There's something funky about their hip-to-waist ratio. One size I can't even get around my hips, and if I can the vagina is way too tight (hello cameltoe). The next size up will be ok on the waist, but way too loose around the crotch. Who fits into their jeans?!?!? People with fupas?!?! I just don't get it.

    Then again, I hate Old Navy jeans too, personally. So I guess we all just have to find jeans we like and buy them in bulk in case they get discontinued or something.

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  10. target is definitely that way! i bought a dress once thats an XS - it still fits me and did through 9 months of pregnancy somehow. now? i couldn't get any of their XS sizes over my hand i am sure of it. we also bought a pair of NB shorts for my son - he's 4 months old and they're still huge. they are inconsistent ALL AROUND! i can't even fit into their XXL swimsuits. yeeeesh target.

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  11. If you are happy with the vanity sizing pants putting you at 16, then go where you are a 16. I would like to wear the same size that I used to, but I seem to be shrinking. I wear a size six or eight now, but I have read that my measurements were a 12 in the 1950s. If we're going to be consistent, I would rather go the other direction. Perhaps more people would wake up to their unhealthy weight gain earlier.

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    1. That is a great point. But do I think I would have realized my unhealthy weight gain faster if my size had been bigger? no. people know they are unhealthy, but they have to make a decision to change. Maybe their pant size will help them make that decision, but you know you are unhealthy because you FEEL unhealthy. I didn't wake up inches from 300 lbs wearing a size 26 pants thinking I was good to go. I knew i was unhealthy. But it took YEARS to DECIDE to make a change. But I think you made a great point :D

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    2. It is called 'vanity sizing' for a reason.

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    3. You really should not care about the size on the tag. It is not like everyone around you can see it. And if they could so what? Just buy clothes that fit and make you feel good in them and get over it already.

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  12. I wish every store would just go by the waist size like men's clothing! Personally, I don't understand vanity sizing. It doesn't make me feel any better, it's just frustrating that every store has different sizing charts. That being said, Target is very inconsistent with their sizing. I always have to try clothes on there because I never know what size will actually fit, no matter what section it is from.

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  13. Sizing? I am down 60lbs and have yet to buy new clothes, so I am uncertain of my current size. I know all my xxl and xl stuff is MASSIVE and so I started wearing my sixteen year old sons hand me downs as he's quite slim. Target is not my first choice when it comes to clothes anyways so I can't comment on them, but do you want to know who is the WORST with sizing? American Eagle...XL? My fat ass it is...

    Also, Anonymous' comments are weird. While you are not defined by the number on your tag, COME ON! There has to be some sort of standard when it comes to sizing. period.

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  14. I am convinced that Target makes all of their clothing to fit prepubescent teenage girls shaped like little boys!

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  15. Not just sizing.. Their selection is HORRIBLE!

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  16. I find that Old Navy is less consistent than other places. I usually wear a 14 other places but at Old Navy I wear a 12 and sometimes a 10. I've never really had an issue with Target sizing thought. What brand of jeans were they? Maybe they were the juniors jeans! The Mossimo ones usually are a better fit than the Xilaration or w/e it is.

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  17. I don't have a target near me, so I haven't experienced this...but I'm going to agree with some others that Old Navy is just as bad! My big problem with Old Navy is inconsistency! It seems like their sizes change all the time.

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  18. yeah, sorry to say, Old Navy definitely runs big... i love it!! and i dont care if that makes me vain. i'm ok with that :-) I remember being a size 24 in pretty much every other brand except i can fit into old navy regular size 20 (not their women's size 20). When it comes to Target, I have a love hate relationship. I mean, the DO sell plus size clothes...and IN their store (you dont have to skulk around the back door of their website to get something in size Fat). but it's like teeny...and almost mixed with the maternity section. i have actually found that target sizes run a little big...not small, but i only have about 3 pairs of pants and one coat from them so i am hardly an expert. good post! got everyone wanting to throw in their 2 cents! --Eves

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