Fashion Nova has been taking the Insta-world by storm since high profile influencers like members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan started promoting their products online. Obviously, this is nothing but positive news for the Fashion Nova company, but are its products worth the hype? Moreover, are they true to size?
Interestingly enough, Fashion Nova uses a different style of sizing than most other brands: they revert to using US junior sizes (numbers between 1-15), and so it’s already difficult to determine whether they are really true to size, especially if you’re not sure what your size is.
So, even when you’ve figured out which size is best for you, will it fit you the way that it should?
How To Figure Out The Sizing
First thing’s first, you have to figure out just what the Fashion Nova sizing means and how you can translate it into sizes that you may be more familiar with. Luckily, there is a size guide on the site, so that will hopefully ease some of the confusion to begin with. According to this experiment carried out by a journalist for The Cut, you can figure out how to navigate the unusual sizing world of Fashion Nova, but it’s still best to take what you think you know with a pinch of salt.
What To Do Once You’ve Got Your Size…
So, now you’ve managed to figure out which Fashion Nova size would best reflect your usual size, do the garments reflect this fairly?
Well, like the majority of other fast fashion brands, Fashion Nova tends to have sizing that has been described to be ‘hit and miss’, to put it politely. There is an abundance of Youtube videos and message board chats that range from discussing the inconsistencies of Fashion Nova sizing, to calling the chart an outright lie.
Many people who buy, or who have bought, from there advise people to buy a size up from their usual selection to account for their garments coming up a bit small, especially when it comes to jeans. However, even this isn’t a sure-fire way to get around the Fashion Nova sizing discrepancies, as sometimes you may order the next size up and find that the garment swamps you, whilst one size smaller won’t even budge past your thighs.
This doesn’t even seem to be the case with their jeans alone: customer reviews and social media discussions seem to allude to the fact that their dresses, skirts, trousers, and sweaters tend to come up too small. Even their shoes have been accused of being miss-sized.
Being such a popular brand among the likes of the Kardashians, and advertised by models who present a similar aesthetic, it is no surprise that some of their garments seem to cater to a certain body type with specific measurements. This style is obviously the aspiration of many, whilst others criticise it for being unattainable: like with all fashion brands, it all comes down to a matter of personal taste and desired fit.
If we can take an example from The Cut’s piece on Fashion Nova, the study found that even after having worn a garment, seemingly without issue or concerns about sizing, the size perception can change.
Fashion Nova is unabashedly, undoubtedly and indisputably a fast fashion brand, meaning that, yes, perhaps the quality isn’t the finest that money can buy. This, in turn, means that the garments can be wont to stretching or deforming after a couple of wears or washes. This is, of course, something else to bear in mind when considering shopping from there: not only is the garment initially true to size, but will it remain true to size?
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence on the Internet that Fashion Nova is not true to size. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to shop from there, though. All it means is that you may perhaps have to shop savvy: buy a size (or two) larger than usual, and be sure to take proper care of your garments to ensure that the size doesn’t become distorted from washes or wears.