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Wouldn’t it be nice if the sizing was universal and the shopping does not have involve extensive guesswork to determine what will work? The age-old problem of inconsistent sizes, especially for women’s clothing, has yet to be resolved. Behind every online order or visit to the mall is a text of a group of women debating the true size of a pair of jeans. It’s exhausting! But alas, a wave of hope swept through our collective consciousness when TikTok videos pointing to a possible explanation for sizing at Zara went viral.
Was the retailer with the least user-friendly website in online shopping history really about to reveal a sizing secret that could solve all the unsatisfactory walk-in closet problems? It sounded too good to be true, like, path Too good to be true.
In a few now viral TikToks (such as this one by @muddlethroughmummy and this one by @ lucyc.jpeg), users showed how the simple circle, square, and triangle symbols on Zara’s tags could be used to predetermine how each element would fit. A circle would mean the item is large, while a triangle means it is small and a square means it is true to size. Brilliant! Game change! But unfortunately, a myth.
Believe me, I’m just as disappointed to debunk this theory as you are to read it. According to a brand spokesperson, the symbols on the Zara labels do not represent the size of the item but rather the Zara collection of which the item is a part. If you’re not a Zara expert, you might not even have noticed that the retailer consistently offers three different clothing collections: Zara Woman, Zara Basic, and TRF. The symbols correspond to the area of ââbrick and mortar stores with which the garment is to be grouped.
Now for a crash course. TRF stands for Trafaluc. The name doesn’t mean anything, but the collection generally offers more trendy pieces at lower prices aimed at a younger consumer. The TRF range is a great way to experiment with seasonal trends without spending a lot of money. Then there’s Zara Basic, which is pretty self-explanatory. Think classic white t-shirts, practical blazers and denim galore. And finally, Zara Woman has a higher price tag with better quality parts that suit both fashion and classic styles.
Ironically, I turned to retail therapy to combat my disappointment with the size scandal. Go ahead and play retail roulette and order two of each of the cutest things on Zara’s site (you know you’ll have to return one anyway!). In the meantime, I will continue to dream of a consistent size. Hopefully Zara or other fashion retailers have taken note of the internet’s short-lived collective relief and will implement their own label symbols!
Fringed leather handbag
Pro tip: When shopping for accessories, you don’t have to worry about the size. This bag is one size.
Oversized jacquard knit sweater
Aside from the symbols, the word “oversized” in the name gives a clue as to how this sweater will do. Select your size accordingly!
Jogging pants with pockets
Only certain items from Zara, such as these chic pants– go up to size XXL, so be on the lookout if you find their pieces fit you small.
Special Edition Leather Gloves and Keychain Set
Leather gloves will be all the rage in 2022 and Zara has a range of several sizes, so you can get the perfect fit.
Double-breasted fleece coat
Sizing outerwear is always a good idea so that you can layer it underneath, although this gray teddy bear is so hot you may not need it.