This Is What “One Size Fits All” Actually Looks Like On All Body Types

All women’s bodies weren’t created equal.

1. “One size fits all” stores are popping up everywhere. Brandy Melville, for example, is a retailer that caters to teens and young women, selling clothes in a single size only.

This is the sign you see when walking into a Brandy Melville store. If you purchase clothes through its website, the size option is listed as “fits size small/medium.”

2. But, assuming that women of all sizes shop in this store, we got five women to try on its different “one size fits most” pieces to see just how well they fit.

 

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4. The “Heide” Top

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Allison: “I think it’s meant to be a crop top, but wasn’t so much on me. I liked it, though!”
Lara: “It seemed like it would be a comfy shirt, but you put it on and your stomach is showing, and you’re instantly uncomfortable. And then there’s some sideboob. And you’re like, YO, BOOBS, stay in your assigned seat.”
Candace: “I felt like I was wearing a small box. Like if I was SpongeBob and needed a gray crop top, it would be perfect.”
Sheridan: “It’s not as tight as I thought it would be, but it’s still a bit short for me. I think the problem is if you have any inkling of a boob, it’s going to bring up the length of the shirt and expose your entire stomach. I’m sure there are size-4 girls who can’t wear this shirt because they have a larger chest.”
Kristin: “This feels like a piece of clothing that wanted to be a shirt but got bored and quit halfway through.”

6. The “Emilia” Skirt

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Allison: “Not sure who this would fit. I think if they are trying to do one-size-fits bottoms, the waistband needs to be made of elastic. Even still, this skirt makes no sense. It’s tiny, like for children, but requires childbearing hips. Made for Barbie.”
Lara:” Trying to put this skirt on was like reliving nightmares of trying to fit in Hollister as a child in an effort to fit in. It isn’t a good feeling.”
Candace: “This says one size fits all, but fits small/medium so… (shrugs). I’m a medium and this wouldn’t even go over my hips. It really made me feel awful.”
Sheridan: “I’ve always wanted a skirt that can barely clasp over one of my thighs…”
Kristin: “This literally would not have fit me as an 8-year-old. I don’t know how anyone fits into this.”

8. The “Mary” Tank

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Allison: “I could see myself wearing this to da club, if I were so inclined. Very nipply, though.”
Lara: ” I felt like you could see my nipple, and I might as well just wear a bra.”
Candace: “When I looked at it on the hanger, I wondered, How is my body going to fit in this? I don’t even have a big chest but I feel like only half of my boobs made it in. It made me feel awful about my body.”
Sheridan: “I thought this could have been so cute…if I needed a new bra. My main question is what kind of bra are you supposed to wear with this? It’s basically saying you can’t have a bust to even fit in this shirt.”
Kristin: “I thought I’d be embarrassed about wearing this shirt. But honestly, the shirt is the one who should be embarrassed, for thinking that it could call itself a shirt, instead of what it actually is: one-fourth of a halter dress, on a good day, with the right bra.”

10. The “Jada” Dress

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Allison: “I would totally wear this. I feel like I could just throw it on and go.”
Lara: “This dress was very short, and I felt like if I had to bend over or walk anywhere with a breeze, everyone would see my vagina. Basically, people are going to be seeing a lot of my vagina if I wear these clothes, OK???”
Candace: “Even my being 5’6”, it was extremely short, and my chest barely fit in the top portion. It’s like, you have to have no chest.”
Sheridan: “I’m sure it would have looked great if it fit over my head — it probably would have been a crop top for me. I don’t see this working on someone who has curves; it’s very much a dress for the traditional model-type of body.”
Kristin: “Why would anyone make a stretchy jersey dress with tightly sewn together, non-stretchy straps? You had one job, jersey dress.”

12. The “Layla” Hoodie

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Allison: “Definitely more of a long-sleeve shirt than a sweatshirt, but I liked the material and found it to be the right fit. Would wear, but not for warmth.”
Lara: “I didn’t like how it fit. When I wear a sweatshirt I want it to cover my stomach. And the arms were way too short and thin.”
Candace: “The sweatshirt was just super short. The pocket came up to my belly button, when with other sweatshirts, the pocket’s at my hips.”
Sheridan: “The arms are a little tight for me, and with sweatshirts, I tend to choose roomier ones. But this feels pretty comfy. A+.”
Kristin: “Can I keep this? This fits perfectly and I do not really want to give it back.”

14. “Vodi” Shorts

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Allison: “When I saw them off I was like, ‘Are those underwears?!’ But they actually worked. Would wear again. Kind of felt like lingerie but I could get down.”
Lara: “I couldn’t really think about anything about the shorts, except for the fear of my ass or vagina coming out. I felt like I was just walking around in my underwear.”
Candace: “I felt like Tommy Pickles circa 1995. Even if you have somewhat of a butt, these shorts won’t cover it. I mean, I love my butt, so I guess I’ll show it off.”
Sheridan: “Not too bad. Except when I thought about how the chafing would be in the summer. I think the problem is how thin the material is. And this would definitely give you a wedgie even if you have a small bump for a butt.”
Kristin: “This is hands down the fanciest diaper I have ever worn.”

16. The “Milly” Top

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Allison: “Didn’t really do anything for me.”
Lara: “There’s a very specific body type that this would look good on and it’s not mine.”
Candace: “The arms were super small while the body of the shirt was really loose. I had to tuck it in to just make it look normal on my body, but it fit!”
Sheridan: “I liked the shirt a lot. I thought it fit really well. The arms were tight, but I could see myself wearing that shirt.”
Kristin: “This can’t possibly be ‘one size’ because the sleeves feel like a completely different size than the rest of the shirt. This is basically a Frankenshirt.”

18. After trying on everything, we all had some final thoughts.

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Allison: “There’s clearly no such thing as one size fits all! Everyone has a different shape, and clothing stores should embrace that instead of making people feel shitty for not being able to fit what they deem to be a universal size. ‘One size fits all’ sends a message that if you don’t fit into the clothing, whether it’s too big or too small, you’re not ‘normal,’ and leads to all sorts of body dissatisfaction.”

Lara: “It made me sad to realize that I felt better about myself when I actually could fit into these clothes. That’s not how I should feel about clothing. When I couldn’t fit, I felt sad. But why? No one body is the same, and that’s how it should be. We’re all different, so the idea of ‘one size’ for all of us is just absurd. DIFFERENT BODIES, UNITE!”

Candace: “It’s really hard to not be able to fit into clothes that should fit everyone, especially when I’m not even considered ‘plus-size.’ It’s difficult to label clothes as one size fits all when all women are not created equal, physically. Instead of trying to fit into what someone considers the perfect size, I would rather celebrate my unique size and wear clothes that fit me beautifully rather than approximately right. Trying on some of these clothes unexpectedly made me upset and shameful of my body, which shouldn’t ever happen.”

Sheridan: “I get that the makers of ‘one size fits all’ probably see the average girl as a certain size and a certain height. But the problem is that there is really no such thing as the average girl. You could be the same height as someone but a different size, a different weight, a different body type, and more. I’ve never been one to get upset about sizing and the controversy behind it, but shit like this makes me angry. Am I not allowed to be part of the ‘all’?”

Kristin: “As weird as some of the design choices were on some of the garments — why did that super-flowy tee have such tight sleeves, again? — I was amazed at how well some of the stuff fit me. Still, I don’t think these clothes are so much ‘one size fits all’ as much as they are ‘one size fits a mystery size, to be revealed when you actually try it on.’ That said, that purple diaper was weird, and no one should wear it.”

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