Is Your Favorite Store Guilty of Vanity Sizing?

Find out what vanity sizing is and why it may not be good for your health.

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Why You Shouldn’t Commit to Your Jeans Size (3:31)

Vanity sizing is when retailers manipulate the size of clothes to make you feel better about what you're trying on. For instance, jeans can be labeled a size 8 in three different stores, but all three pairs have varying waist measurments, making some people believe they are a smaller size than they actually are.

While it's not bad to wear something to make you feel as though you are a smaller size, not knowing your actual waist measurements could be detrimental to your health. Your waist length should not be more than half of your height, regardless of what size you are in stores. Reference the handy card below to see the discrepancies between sizing protocol in stores and why you should know your waist size in inches.