Saturday, January 27, 2007

Will women's clothing sizes be standardized one day?

Read this article, Spain to standardize women's clothing sizes in Toronto Star today. Spain is really setting a good example for the rest of world. I hope someday we will all have a standardized sizing sytem. Some stores' sizes are on the small side, and some stores' sizes are on the big side. There's just too much confusion over sizes. It can really freak a girl out when one minute she's a 6 and the next she's a 10.

"MADRID, Spain–Spain's government has reached an agreement with major fashion designers, including the owner of the Zara chain, to standardize women's clothing sizes with the aim of promoting a healthier image.
The program, designed by the health ministry, will also prevent those companies from using window displays featuring clothes smaller than a European size 38 (10 in Britain, 8 in the United States). They will have five years to phase in the change.

The health ministry's program aims to end a situation in which a woman who buys a size 40 dress from one designer may not fit a size 40 garment from another designer. The ministry said the differences sometimes lead women to feel compelled to lose weight.

Designers should be encouraged to "promote a healthy physical image that conforms with the reality of the Spanish population,'' the ministry said.

The agreement also stipulates that European size 46 no longer be specifically labelled as a larger size.


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