Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I'm now a mere ounces away from my all-time low goal weight, the lowest "healthy" weight for my frame. I am occasionally compelled to pinch my no-fat self, especially when recently purchasing jeans at Gap in a SIZE 0Petite OR SIZE 00Petite. I HAVE A 24-INCH WAIST, for crying out loud! Me! A woman in her 60s! I feel like a teen again; so much energy and verve; rockin' those skinny jeans.
Let me come down to earth for a minute and figure this out. Who is kidding whom out there? Retailers have gotten wise to this size thing. Size 00, my derriere (which isn't so huge any more, either). In the 50's and 60's, a woman's ideal measurements were 36-24-36, usually a "perfect size 10." I remember my mother agonizing over the fact that her size 10 Talbot's slacks were a little snug on occasion. She'd go on her campaign of eating nothing but cottage cheese, a hamburger patty, and half a grapefruit for days on end until her size 10's zipped up easily.
Manufacturers have dramatically changed sizing, and it's getting ridiculous. They do this to make us feel better about our chubby selves. I think it's ridiculous to have sizing in the minuses. What about the 100 pounds-or-less category of women? 00000? Why can't women's sizes be uniform like men's?
I have a silk fitted wrap-around skirt from the 80's in size 6 that I could never bring myself to give away, even when I was a size 12. It's a lovely art skirt, a drapey elegant thing. It fits me perfectly now. I, who wear size 0 or size 00 Petite jeans in 2011, can also wear a "perfect size 6" skirt from 30 years ago. Go figure.