Clothes shopping for us girls is a struggle. Shopping days, which should be spent with friends and be fun, often leave me discouraged and often on the verge of a mental breakdown.
I have a love-hate relationship with clothes shopping. I love the idea of it, but when it actually comes to doing it and trying things on in the dressing room, I hate it. This is because of the lack of consistency in the sizing of women's clothing.
When I'm asked what size I wear, it varies between a size 14 all the way up to an 18.
Keep in mind that the average size of a woman is a size 16 and everyone carries weight differently.
If I have that much inconsistency in the size of my clothes, I can't even imagine how many other young women and girls are struggling and having breakdowns in dressing rooms of some of their favorite stores all she can't find the right fit in something.
Heck, I have been there more times than I can count or I will just get so frustrated with the whole situation and I will just leave the store entirely and move on to something else.
I've often had a love-hate relationship with my body parts over the inconsistency in sizing.
I always felt so bad about myself because I thought I was the problem — I thought I was the one who was gaining weight and shooting up jean sizes.
What I understand now is that it isn't my fault, it is not my body's fault. The problem lies within the clothing manufacturers telling us to look a certain way or feel bad about yourself.
It is not your fault if you wear one size in one brand and then a bigger size in another. It's got nothing to do with you and everything with how those clothes are made. Your body is not the joke, it's the clothing sizes that are.