I am certainly not the first to say it, but the sentiment proves its truth each and every time I go shopping, particularly for pants: The fashion industry aims to keep women neurotic. This is the only possible explanation for the wild inconsistency in sizing from brand to brand, and even within brands across styles. Yes, women's sizing is necessarily more difficult than men's because there are more variables to take into account. But seriously. This doesn't begin to explain why the sizing of women's clothing is so dreadful.