When I walk through the thrift shop, I look through every size. That’s mainly for two reasons — not every brand’s sizes are equal and rewashing and wearing clothing can affect the fit. Plus I love a good hunt, and people like to hide the good stuff in unexpected sections, but that’s a story for another day. Bottom line: when I found the most adorable palazzo pants, I knew I had to try them no matter what. Then I looked at the tag.
Inside the back of the black and white, floral printed palazzo pants read, “Brandy Melville one-size.” Honestly, I hadn’t seen that word since the ’90s when those really weird stretchy shirts were in style. I knew of the brand, but I wasn’t completely familiar with it. The friend that I was with told me that the designer makes one size only clothing because they fit a variety of different body types. A clothing line that redefined sizing once and for all? It was too good to be true.
Naturally, I took the pants to the fitting room and tried them on, just like I would do to any other item. They were comfortable, dressy but casual, and only $2 — SOLD! I’m really short, but, worn high-waisted, they fit pretty darn well. I could see them working in formal or laid-back settings and they actually made me look tall. Well, taller.
You all already know that I love looking through thrift shops. The second part of the fun is taking the items home and styling them. After giving these a good wash, I tried on the palazzo pants with tank tops, a jean jacket, and tees. After there was a hefty pile of clothing on my floor, that I realized that these pants went with everything. The only problem was that, unless I hemmed the palazzo pants, I need to wear platform shoes. Luckily, my eco-friendly KAANAS heels worked perfectly.
The one thing that was still bothering me was the tag — the daunting one-size fits all.
I couldn’t help but think about that four-letter category. Or should I call it the un-sizing? If that’s not already a thing, I’m totally trademarking it. The idea is daunting. Intimidating. So out of the norm. I thought that there had to be more to the story, and boy, was I right.
One Google search of the brand led me to plenty of articles. They all had one major theme — this is a teen-favorite brand. Why? Well, because they offer one size only, and that one size is small. Every single item available on their website is deemed “small” or “one size.” I honestly could believe it. I think I spent about a half hour clicking through all the items, thinking there had to be a catch.
Just for the record…
Fashion is not one size fits all, and it’s absurd that someone would claim that it is.
The point of fashion is not to fit it. You don’t need to form to a brand to make you worthy. The whole point is to stand out, feel comfortable, and be able to speak without saying a word. For a brand to make a person feel — literally or just by their limited sizing — “un-worthy to wear” is absolutely ridiculous.
I’m not going to beat myself up for the purchase. After all, I am still helping one piece of clothing stay out of the landfill. But I won’t be purchasing straight from this brand OR buying it from Goodwill again. I want my clothing to make a positive statement. I would never want to promote or support a brand that designs for such a minuet part of society.
Fashion shouldn’t be restrictive. You shouldn’t have to form to fit a brand. The brand should want to fit you. Because no matter what you look like or what size you wear, fashion is for you.
What do you guys think of a one-size-fits-all brand? I’d love to hear what you guys think and if you’ve ever tried anything from the brand. While the item that I got would fit a variety of body types, this seems to be rare for the brand. I’d love to know if you know any other brands that do this as well!