Woman calls out sizing differences to encourage body positivity

A woman’s Instagram post has earned her praise for preaching body positivity through a series of photographs.

On July 15, a fashion blogger named Becki, who is based in Leeds, U.K., posted several photographs of herself wearing β€” or attempting to wear β€” three pairs of paints that she had purchased from Zara, Topshop and ASOS in sizes 12, 10 and 8 respectively.

“CLOTHES ARE MADE TO FIT YOUR BODY, NEVER CHANGE YOUR BODY TO FIT THE CLOTHES!” she wrote. “Sizing. Specifically high street sizing.”

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CLOTHES ARE MADE TO FIT YOUR BODY, NEVER CHANGE YOUR BODY TO FIT THE CLOTHES! Sizing. Specifically high street sizing. I have no words. These photos feature jeans in a size 8, a size 10 and a size 12. Now if you've seen my stories today you can probably guess which is which but the point I'm trying to make is this: sizing is not an exact science (especially in fast fashion) and you absolutely cannot attach your self-worth to the number on the label because you're setting yourself up to fail! I mean, look!!! The white jeans are a size 8 – a little snug yes, but on. The black ones are a size 10, roomy, comfortable and make me feel great. The blue ones, the ones that I couldn't even get over my arse (see final photo for all that booty πŸ‘!!!) are a size 12. Is there any wonder no one knows what size they are?! This to me is madness and if I wasn't as comfortable in my own body and my own skin as I am, these jeans would make me feel rubbish, worthless, fat and the list goes on. But I am begging you all, PLEASE do not let the clothes define how you feel about yourself. You are more than a size label. You are more than those jeans that don't quite fit right. And if something doesn't fit you please remember that there is NOTHING wrong with your body and EVERYTHING wrong with the clothes. Don't get me wrong I appreciate, and have come to expect differences in sizing between brands and styles and I'm also aware that I've put on a few extra lbs throughout lockdown but I cannot comprehend a world where a size 12 pair of jeans are SMALLER than a size 8 pair of jeans?!? So hunnies, do not be discouraged by clothes that don't fit, don't let them distort your perception of your beautiful, wonderful body and certainly don't let them ruin your day. You are enough, just the way you are πŸ’•

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In one photo, Becki wears a pair of blue jeans from Zara, which she struggles to get past her thighs. In a subsequent photo, she is seen wearing a pair of black Topshop pants, which she says are “roomy, comfortable and make me feel great.” In a third, the blogger sports a pair of white ASOS pants, which she calls a “little snug.”

“Is there any wonder no one knows what size they are?!” Becki wrote. “This to me is madness and if I wasn’t as comfortable in my own body and my own skin as I am, these jeans would make me feel rubbish, worthless, fat and the list goes on.”

The blogger, however, decided to turn the experience of wearing differently sized pants into a lesson.

“But I am begging you all, PLEASE do not let the clothes define how you feel about yourself,” she cautioned. “You are more than a size label. You are more than those jeans that don’t quite fit right. And if something doesn’t fit you please remember that there is NOTHING wrong with your body and EVERYTHING wrong with the clothes.”

Becki’s message has since received more than 1,000 likes.

“My exact problem!!” one person wrote. “This needs more attention tbh, it’s a total joke and contributes to some of the mental health issues young people [have].”

“Clothing manufacturers do this to women, because we put up with it,” another quipped.

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