Ever Wonder Why Women’s Pants Sizing Is So Much Weirder Than Men’s?

I kid you not, trying to understand women clothing sizes is like trying to figure out the Morse Code. 

You would think retailers would use a universal sizing system and take some of the load off a women's backs since we've got a couple of other things we've got to deal with like, oh I don't know patriarchy. But nope, not at all.

To be fair, there is a "universal" system, of which the most common are European standard sizing and North American but even with those set in stone, clothing sizing differ a little from store to store and country to country.

So, the question is...

Why Is Women's Sizing So Different Than Men's? 

Men's pant sizes are way less complicated as they relate to one's body measurements and are simply sized by two numbers. A waist measurement and a measurement of the inseam or legs like 32x34.

The logical, easy two-part measurement system was created so that men could find pants that fit all shapes and sizes - it's foolproof. 

And Then There Are Women's Pants... 

Women's sizes aren't based on body measurements at all, they are meant as an estimation of a ratio to measurements. Back in the day, there were ratios of body measurements that were used to standardize numerical clothing sizes. That explains the women clothing sizes 2, 4, 6, 8 etcetera. Pant sizing, on the other hand, does not quite follow the estimated clothing ratios. 

Women pant sizing was once commonly measured by inseam measurements too, but when it came to advertising for women, marketers quickly discovered size 8 was more appealing than size 25. Brands, in turn, sold more pants with the visible change in sizing.

Women instantly preferred the sizing that did not reveal their real body measurements. It's no surprise the new system included smaller numbers as women are constantly told to believe that "smaller is better." 

But wait, there's more...

As previously mentioned, nowadays a size 6 pant in one store may fit while in another store a size 8 might be a better fit in comparison to a size 6. 

The problem is a 'one size fits all' type model or a simplified waste by leg length type measurement does not account for the various body types for women. Women have wider hips and curves and lovely lady lumps they've got to fit in them pants! 

Well, ladies it doesn't look like pant sizing is going to become anymore 'standardized' or simple anytime soon. To play it safe, I'd advise to always try pants on before you purchase them and pay close attention to reviews and tutorials when shopping online. 


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