Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Wonder Team. Wonder Team Wonders, “Does one size fit all?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Wonder Team!

Do you like shopping for clothes? For some people, a trip to the mall isn’t complete without spending a few hours in a department store, trying on the newest styles. For others,  clothes shopping is a tedious exercise best kept to the shortest amount of time possible.

Of course, if you’re going to buy clothes, you want them to be the correct size. Sometimes, this means you have to try things on. At other times, you might be able to pick out your usual size and estimate whether the garment looks like it’ll fit.

If you’ve spent much time in a department store, you may already know that not all items come in different sizes. Instead, some pieces of clothing and accessories come in just one size. If you look at the tag, it will say “one size fits all”!

Does one size really fit all? In most cases, no. People come in many shapes and sizes. It would be impossible to design something that would truly fit all people. Most one-size-fits-all items are actually “one size fits most.” In some cases, even “most” may be a stretch!

Items that are one size fits all are designed to fit a range of differently sized people. They may be snugger on larger frames and  baggier on smaller people. The phrase is often used to describe clothing styled to be worn loosely, such as ponchos and some other types of outerwear. It’s also used to describe some accessories, such as jewelry and ties. However, it’s often inaccurate for these items, as well. 

In fact, the concept of one size fits all has come under fire in recent years. Many people feel that it contributes to negative body image among people who don’t seem to fit into the “all.” To promote body positivity and healthy living, many companies are moving toward more inclusive sizing practices.

Over time, one size fits all has also been used to refer to anything meant to apply in all circumstances. Many people dislike this approach. They feel it treats all people the same when they obviously aren’t. Some use the phrase to describe something that’s generic and has little attention to detail.

Have you ever seen something labeled one size fits all? Did you think the description was accurate? Talk about what you think with a friend or family member today.

Standards: CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1

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