Miss Ireland Chelsea Farrell calls out Penney’s for massive sizing differences in clothing

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Miss Ireland Chelsea Farrell has called out Penneys for their sizing after her mum bought four pairs of shorts, which all turned out to be different sizes.

She decided to post a video about the issue on TikTok which then went viral with nearly 650k views.

Many commenters supported Chelsea’s video and shared their experiences with the sizing issues in Penneys.

Chelsea told RSVP Live: “My mum went into Penneys and she got four pairs of shorts. The exact same pair of shorts she would have worn over the years.”

“She bought four of them in different colours for her holiday next year and she tried on one of them and they would not fit, they got halfway up her thighs.”

After trying another pair, which she says were “even worse”, Chelsea’s mum got her Penneys shorts from last year to compare them: “They were a good probably six inches bigger than the smallest pair of the size 12s, but they were all a size 12.”

Chelsea decided to try the size 12s on herself: “I tried on the biggest of the four pairs, and they just didn’t fit me and I’m only a size 6 in shorts.”

“They all have the exact same labels, the exact same sizing on them but they were all a different size. And they were far from a size 12.”



Chelsea decided to post a video about the issue on TikTok which then went viral with nearly 650k views.
Chelsea decided to post a video about the issue on TikTok which then went viral with nearly 650k views.

She lined them up to show they were all a size 12 and then put them on top of each other: “You could still see the difference.”

Chelsea says the reason she made a video about the shorts is because of the impact it could have on people: “It was because certain people and young people, in particular, will be really damaged by this.”

“People who were 6 in Penneys last year are now a 12 and people who are 12 are now a size 16.”



Chelsea's mum purchases four pairs of size 12 shorts from Penneys which turned out to be different sizes.
Chelsea’s mum purchases four pairs of size 12 shorts from Penneys which turned out to be different sizes.

She herself has experienced the sizing disparities: “In the last few weeks, I’ve bought stuff in Penneys and I’ve been standing on the scales saying ‘Oh my God, I’ve gone up three pounds, that’s why I’m two sizes bigger’. But it’s not the case. It’s just Penney’s sizes.”

Chelsea says that the differences in sizing can cause issues for people: “Something as small as this is extremely damaging to people’s self-esteem or body confidence.

“While people are already quite insecure by their body, Penney’s and their sizes just aren’t helping.”

In a statement to RSVP Live, a Penneys spokesperson said: “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.”