It’s no secret that clothing sizes for women can vary wildlydepending on the brand. You might be a size 10 at one store, but maybe a size 12 or 14 at another.
Inconsistent sizing is unfortunately all too common in fashion, but this woman’s story might just take the cake.
Kirsty Dee, 29, recently ordered a dress from online retailer Pretty Little Thing. The black, ribbed T-shirt dress was labeled as a U.K. size 8, or a U.S. women’s size 4.
When it arrived, however, the dress was much too small for her. In fact, it just about fit her preschool-aged daughter, Molly.
She tweeted a photo of 4-year-old Molly modeling the “size 4” dress.
— kirsty 🦋 (@Kirstyfruitz) May 21, 2019
“Honestly, I couldn’t believe it,” Dee told TODAY Style. “I was like, how can they send me a dress this small? … I said, ‘Molly, let me try this on you,’ and it actually fit. And I was just gobsmacked, and at that point I just started laughing. Like, how can something that’s a (UK) size 8 … fit a 4-year-old girl? It’s ridiculous.”
Dee paid about $13 for the dress, and she said that normally, she wouldn’t make a big deal about it.
“You just think, it’s too much effort to go to the post office to send the parcel back, so the majority of the time, you usually just throw it in the bin,” she told TODAY.
But the size was so off in this case that she decided to speak out about it. She said that when retailers get sizing this wrong, they could be damaging women’s confidence.
“It’s body-shaming as well, if you think about it, because I mean, Pretty Little Thing, they’re all about body confidence, women’s bodies, be yourself, but then they’re sending people things that are too small. I actually thought, am I not size 8 anymore? Am I putting on weight and don’t know about it? It could really knock someone’s confidence if they think they’re bigger than they are.”