…when you are shopping that is.
Let’s just get one thing straight – I am not completely delusional about my body type and size. I do not try and pull size 10 items off the rails when in fact I am much, much more like a size 14. The truth of the matter is, I am probably (like many ‘voluptuous’ people out there) more inclined to pick up a size 16 rather because I see myself as being bigger than I actually am.
Clothes shopping can be a major confidence killer and retail therapy is an absolute joke – it’s more like a horror movie (which I wouldn’t watch if it was an actual movie because I don’t do scary stuff well – but you get the idea)
Anyway, that is not the problem. The issue I have is that the sizes are not consistent from store to store, and when I shop, I have to keep in mind where I am when choosing a specific size to try on. It just puts me off the whole experience.
For international readers, the sizing here is kind of based on UK sizes and sort-of works like this:
size 8 = 32 = small
size 10 = 34 = medium
size 12 = 36 = large
size 14 = 38 = X large
size 16 = 40 = XX large
etc etc etc
The frustrating part is that at any given time, I probably have at least three or four different sizes in my cupboard, which all fit me at one particular time. It is utterly ridiculous that I have a size 12 top from Woolworths, size 14 top from Edgars and …wait for it…a flopping small from Ackermans! A SMALL! I have not fitted into anything resembling a small since I was in high school (and that was some time ago). Clearly these stores need to get together to discuss where they are going wrong and try and create some kind of consistency between their sizing and measurements.
And it does not stop there. Oh no!
My poor child, who is only 1.5 little years is already suffering the same fate (thankfully she has no clue that it is even happening yet). She is quite tall for her age so I buy size 3-4 yrs instead of size 1-2 yrs because the small size fits her waist but the ‘long’ pants end up being 3-quarters on her long legs, barely covering her little calves. She grew out of her 1-2 yrs costume, so I went to buy her a bigger size and came home with a 3-4 yrs which, when measured against the 1-2 yrs one at home, was actually smaller. That makes absolutely no sense what-so-ever. If someone can explain that one to me then please leave a comment below and we can chat about this a bit further.
In my opinion, all of the clothing manufacturers who determine sizing are a few sandwiches short of a picnic basket, and should all be taken out back and shot (okay, maybe not shot – but should definitely be given a stern talking to).
There are so many people – yes, men and women – out there who struggle daily with body image issues and who are already self conscious about their size and/or shape. And along come all of these clothing stores with their supposed “standard” sizing charts, which just make everything worse for your self confidence when the jeans you bought last week are a size 14, but now all of a sardine your find yourself not squeezing into that size at the store, but instead the sales assistant brings you a size 16 or 18 to try on.
To all of the clothing manufacturers and retailers out there – Thanks for making me feel great about myself. (Note: that is me being utterly sarcastic)