The viral Zara sizing hack that will help you find the perfect fit

A new hack for shopping at Zara has been discovered

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Zara shoppers have found a new hack that's super handy when it comes to finding the right size.

It's no secret that Zara sizes can vary from piece to piece. Some items in your chosen size may fit like a glove, while with others it's a real struggle.

Disgruntled shoppers have even taken to social media to share their angst. "I bought so much Zara stuff and I’m banking on the fact that I’m returning half of it due to sizing and fit," said one shopper on Twitter. 

"Zara’s sizing is so different with every type of clothes they have," said another tweeter. 

However, our prayers may have just been answered as some savvy Zara shoppers have figured out the easy hack to help navigate the varied sizing in stores, whether you're after a new top or the best jeans.


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TikTok users have discovered that Zara clothes have little symbols on the tags that indicate whether the clothing runs small or large. 

These symbols are on both the purchase tags and the inner tags on the clothing items and can help you work out whether you need to size up or size down when shopping.


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Other TikTok users have discovered the hack and looked at their own clothing to work out whether it is in fact true.

It's believed that a circle symbol on the clothing item means that the item runs large, a square means that the clothing is true to size and a triangle indicates that the clothing line runs small.


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Zara shoppers are delighted and have taken to social media to talk about this new hack. One shopper shared their success on Twitter and showed fans a photo of the different items that fit her body and how this correlated to the symbol hack. 

She wrote on Twitter, "I tested the Zara size hack so sharing with visuals: Triangle = runs smaller so always go a size up. I always go up for short dresses/shorts Circle = runs bigger. I always buy my Zara size (M) when it’s their tops, and yes this slightly bigger Square = True to size."

However, some Zara employees have tried to debunk this rumor and have argued that it's not true and in fact, these symbols refer to different ranges at Zara. 

"It's nothing to do with size!" Commented a TikTok user underneath a video of someone talking about the hack. "I'm a Zara employee and it's to do with different collections within the store," they said.

Zara stocks three main collections in store: TRF, Woman, and Basic. 'TRF' is typically aimed at a younger age group and features a triangle on its labels. The 'Woman' range is their main range and features a square, and the 'Basic' range features a circle and targets the average customer who is looking for essentials. 

However, this hack is still handy as one social media user pointed out, "But TRF runs smaller because of it being for a younger age group, so it's not entirely wrong." 

So if you're shopping in the 'Basic' range you may want to think about sizing down and if you're shopping in the 'TRF' range you may want to buy a larger size. But good news if you're purchasing from their 'Woman' range as the sizing seems to be the truest to size collection.

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Laura Harman

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