PTV Assignment: Production Standard

For this assignment, I was instructed to go into a few retailers and try on clothing. I needed to try on several sizes of a number of garments and document how they fit.

This was actually a rather interesting exercise, a lot of people can easily say they know what size they are whether it be a top, bottoms, etc. And it’s true, typically we do know our general sizing when it comes to clothes.

But more often then not, it will usually depend on the store. I feel like there is a huge difference in clothing production standards. For example, I love Target and I love Abercrombie & Fitch. Now even though these two are mass retailers, the fit of their clothing is very different.

I see Target as more of an everyday/anyone kind of clothing store. The clothing at Target is meant to be accommodating to all body types. Whether your curvy, petite, pregnant, they have specific lines and  clothing to make sure every body type is comfortable.

Now, I have purchased a few staple items from Abercrombie that I have truly cherished. But their philosophy is completely different. I see their idea of a “general body type” as unrealistic. If I need to get a top or let alone pants, I’m going to have to go up at least two sizes.

Obviously, this observation of Abercrombie & Fitch is nothing new, this company has been under fire for their insensitive remarks and statements about who can wear their clothes. Needless to say I don’t shop their often at all, but let’s face it, we all had that middle school/high school phase where we all wanted to wear this brand.

With that being said, I decided to take this assignment to test out another one of my favorite retailers- American Eagle.


This is the item I tried on and eventually purchased. I didn’t have anything like this piece in my wardrobe, and I thought it would be a fun addition for the spring/summer time.

This piece was incredibly comfortable- and, I’m not going to lie, made me feel a little like a princess. The only real issue I had with this item was the length. It seemed to end just a little beneath perfection. Obviously I am not the tallest person so I decided that I would have to  get this piece hemmed or just wear heels with it, or probably both.

Overall, it was a fun and knowledgeable experience and it was nice learning more about clothing and the fit rather than just seeing what looks pretty.

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