Dr Oz: Why Are Jean Size Different Based On The Store?
Defeated, hopeless, and humiliated are all words women have used to describe shopping for jeans. Chances are, you’ve had the same experience. So why jeans never seem to fit right? Why do they cost so much money? And why does jean shopping cause so much stress and anxiety that it even affects your health? Dr Oz’s entire audience was decked out in denim and he first turned to a woman who expressed frustration over fitting into different size jeans depending on the store she’s in. As exciting as it can be to fit into a smaller size, it’s downright frustrating when you walk two stores over and fit into a size that’s two sizes larger.
It’s known as vanity sizing and Dr Oz sent Elisabeth Leamy to find out why.
Dr Oz: What Is Vanity Sizing?
Elisabeth visited five different national stores to buy jeans all in the same size: size 8. But would they really be the same? She made a trip to GAP, Old Navy, H&M, Talbots, and Chico’s. Every single pair she bought was a size eight and when it came to the last pair, she noticed they were so small, she had her 9-year-old daughter put them on. They were only slightly too big on her so it wasn’t too surprising that they didn’t fit Elisabeth at all.
Elisabeth then joined Dr Oz and joked that it’s called vanity sizing but she renamed it insanity sizing because she started to feel a little crazy. Elisabeth then explained that the American Society for Testing and Materials has a voluntary standard. They say a size eight waist should be between 28 and 29.5 inches. But that’s a voluntary standard which means retailers don’t have to follow it and it’s pretty clear that they don’t.
Dr Oz: How Sizes Of Jeans Vary Store To Store
Dr Oz then hung up each pair of the jeans Elisabeth wore, from smallest to largest. Keep in mind they were each size 8’s in the store she bought them in. You can find the measurements and where they were bought below:
- 27.5″ waistband from H&M
- 31″ waistband from Talbots
- 31.5″ waistband from GAP
- 33″ waistband from Old Navy
- 33″ waistband from Chico’s
Elisabeth admitted that while the larger waistbands certainly made her feel better about herself, she prefers jeans that are looser-fitting overall. She believes stores should keep in mind a more “curvy” fit because a lot of the jeans were really tight in the thighs and rear but baggy in the waist.
But it turns out that sizes don’t just vary from store to store, but also from time to time. Dr Oz found some vintage jeans from the 80’s and pointed out that they were two inches smaller, even though they were the same numeric size if you look at the tag. That’s how much manufacturers have changed things over time.
Elisabeth wanted everyone to know that size does not matter and encouraged stores to cater more to different sizes, as opposed to smaller ones. Dr Oz added that no one should let a number hold power over their self esteem.