This Zara sizing hack is a total game-changer

This could change everything!

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Clothing sizes are always a bit of a gamble. There never seems to be consistency when it comes to measurements for size brackets across the board, making window and online shopping a bit of a trial and error, guessing game. But according to Tiktok, there’s been a Zara sizing hack under our noses this whole time.

If you cast your eyes over some of your Zara purchases in your capsule wardrobe, you’ll likely spot a symbol on the label, either a square, circle, or triangle—and some savvy TikTokers think they’ve de-coded what they mean.

According to TikTokers like @officially_outfits and @Muddlethroughmummy the square either on the fabric label or on the cardboard label means true to size, the circle means runs large and the triangle means comes up small. We know, our minds are blown too. This could be the best TikTok hack since the 90’s blowout and bikini top hack.


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If true, this is such a game-changer for us all when it comes to the try-on heartbreak when your newest purchase arrives and doesn’t fit. It also makes finding the perfect fit so much easier in Zara, as sometimes figuring out what will be the perfect oversized or curve hugging fit can be hard. 


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The videos have received thousands of likes and views with many confirming that they have found the same symbols on their Zara clothes.

Others have said, however, that they actually indicate what section the clothes belong in, such as womenswear and basics. But even this helps us shoppers figure out the style and likely fit of the items.

This should definitely be something clothing brands work into their labels as a size 10 in one brand can fit the same as a 12 in another—and right now, we all need to be living our best lives in our new clothes—not returning them because they don’t fit.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.