Style: A Zara hack says the labels have secret sizing codes – and we are intrigued

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High street sizing can often be hard to get right, with sizes seeming to vary both between and even within stores. This makes shopping when you're in a rush online feel like something of a gamble as, whatever you order might not fit perfectly, even if you choose your regular size.

a person standing in front of a store: This TikTok Zara size hack has gone viral for claiming the Spanish retailer's product labels have a secret code showing whether you should size up or down. © Marcos del Mazo - Getty Images This TikTok Zara size hack has gone viral for claiming the Spanish retailer's product labels have a secret code showing whether you should size up or down.

But what if we told you that there's a viral hack that claims to clear up the whole sizing situation for Zara?

The hack in question, shared by the account @officially_outfits on TikTok, takes a closer look at the labels on the Spanish retailer's products, suggesting there's a secret code on each tag that will help decipher the sizing.

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"Unsure which size to get at Zara?" asks the TikTok. "The little box around the tag hole means true to size, get your normal size. The triangle round the tag hole means it comes up small so size up."

Since surfacing earlier this year, the hack has done the rounds on social media with over 612k watches and 27k likes on TikTok alone. Shoppers have taken to their own accounts to share their reactions to the theory and this is one of our faves:

This user also added a more extensive breakdown of the various symbols and what they mean:

"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."

Here's another reaction to the same hack:

So, is there any truth to the claim? Well, possibly. The correlation between the sizing hack and the collection could have some substance.

The original @officially_outfits TikTok account also shared the hack video on its Instagram, writing in the caption, "Each different shape stands for which collection the piece is from whether that be TRF or the main collection. Each collection fits differently which is where this theory comes from."

While Zara hasn't confirmed whether the hack is genuine, we'll be raiding our wardrobes for Zara buys to check out all the symbols.

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