Summer time is the best of times ... and the worst. Finally moving away from the baggy sweatpants and hoodies of winter, you're ready to break out the shorts! Even better, you're ready to get a new pair.
So, you head out to American Eagle, grab your usual size 4, and for giggles, you try them on in the fitting room so you can take selfies and snapchat it to all your friends. But what happens when those size 4 shorts won't even go past your knees?! Cue the gasps!
According to an article on Total Sorority Move, Facebook user Missy Rogers had such an experience when she tried on a pair of her usual size 4 shorts and realized they didn't fit. To her puzzlement, she had to size up to a 10 in order to fit.
You might think this was just a case of someone realizing they simply grew. But after buying the shorts and taking them home, to Missy's surprise, the size 10 shorts were exactly the same as the size 4 shorts she already had!
Take a look:
The width and waistline of the shorts remained the same, only the style, length, number, and year she bought them changed.
Many stores like American Eagle, Abercrombie, and Hollister have been criticized for refusing to carry larger sizes in their stores. Rogers says she realizes that size is just a number. However, she's concerned about the message this sends to young girls.
Labeling what was initially a "smaller" size as "bigger" can have a lasting impact on the way customers, mostly young teenagers, look at themselves and their body.
"I do worry about the message younger girls have with media promoting 'the perfect skinny body,'" she wrote in her Facebook rant. "They have been convinced that the smaller size you are, the more beautiful you are."
Either way, just because the number on your clothes changed doesn't mean you have. You're still the same, amazing, perfect person, no matter the size you fit into.