Penneys face backlash on TikTok as former Miss Ireland shows 'disgusting' difference in sizing

By Amy Donohoe

Penneys has faced backlash on TikTok as Miss Ireland 2019 showed the dramatic “difference of sizing” in their clothes.

Chelsea Farrell shared a video on the popular social media app where she highlighted a major difference in the clothes sizing.

The Ardee native compared several pairs of shorts, which were all size 12, but appeared to be different sizes when they were all measured side-by-side.

This created a stir on social media as many said that "people will believe they've put on weight".

In the video, the student midwife said: "I just want to come on and talk to you about something my mam has noticed and I think is absolutely disgusting.

“As you can all see, every pair of shorts here is a size 12 from Penneys. These four are a denim short mid-rise, the exact same one in size 12, and this one at the back is one from last year.

“Now can Penneys please explain to me why all of the size 12s are different? These are all the exact same pair of shorts in a size 12, yet there’s a massive difference between them all.

“I’ve pulled them up where all of the waistbands are in line with each other and look at this. That is not fair.

“The problem with this is that people who wore a size eight in Penneys last year and are now a size 12 or 14 in Penneys and they think they’ve put on weight, it’s giving them a weight complex.

“Penneys need to do better”.

Penneys faces backlash on TikTok as former Miss Ireland shows dramatic ‘difference in sizing’ (TikTok)

Users were shocked at Chelsea’s realisation, one commented: “The only point of this video is to show girlies who have lost confidence over this that Penney’s sizes don’t define them.”

Another said: “Recently had a baby and my body image is bad enough. Had to get a size 16 in Penney’s even though I’m a 10/12 in other shops."

A third added: “Thanks Chelsea. This sizing doesn’t help young girls who have eating disorders."

A final person posted: “I was size 12/14 in Penneys jeans and I had to get a size 18. It upset me because I thought I gained weight."

A spokeswoman from Penneys told Dublin Live: "Everyone is welcome at Penneys which is reflected in the broad size ranges we offer. Consistency of fit matters as much to us as it does to our customers.

"We are always working with both our suppliers and technologists in our quality team to track and improve this.

"We continue to fit our designs using Size UK data as standard but always encourage customers to get in touch with us if they have concerns about sizing and we will happily look into their query”

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