Don't Let Your Dress Size be an Albatross Around Your Neck

If your self-esteem is dangling by a size tag, take heart, the numbers on your size tags are NOT numbers to live by. And yet everywhere you look women continue to define ourselves by a standard that isn’t consistent and, in fact, it isn’t even real.

Did you know there are in fact five size standards used in the manufacturing of women's clothing? Each of those size standards is based on a different woman's measurements, a different body type and a different fit. There is literally no there there.

So what does this mean to you? Not only is thinking based on a dress size inaccurate, it can be disastrous for your self-esteem and limiting for your look. Standardized sizing (especially plus size sizing) is not an exact science either. Not by a long shot. In fact those five size standards are not consistent brand to brand so when you're trying to determine your dress size, you really need to determine your measurements. I know, I hear the groaning. Somehow it's just easier to find a size to hang your hat (one of the only sizes that IS standardized) on. But it's a dangerous game.

A couple years back I shared my experience and perspective on this, earned from years of designing and manufacturing Cello Clothing, in a plus size fit article over on my Curvy Counselor site. If you want to take a look under the hood of how sizes are determined, check it out. For a lot of women it’s a real eye opener.

Now, if you’re looking for numbers to live by, pay attention to the ones most of us can’t recite in our sleep: cholesterol, resting heart rate, blood sugar, etc. Keep your eye on the important stuff and get out from under the tyranny of the tag.

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