How Big Am I?
Friday, May 18, 2012
The better question is this: What size do I wear?
Today I have on my one pair of jeans that I bought at Macy's a few pounds ago. They're the stretchy, forgiving type, and they're size 14. 14?! WTH? Earlier this week I was wearing a pair of size 8 Alfani pants, also bought at Macy's. Another day I wore a size 8 skirt from Orvis with a size M top from Eddie Bauer bought 20 years ago to go with size 12 pants. Yesterday, I went back to Orvis to return a vest I realized didn't match my style and tried on another skirt and blouse. I went home with a size 6 in each.
So...6 to 14...what size do I wear? I realize the clothing industry has supersized clothing over the last couple of decades, but can't the industry agree on some standard for size? It used to be easy...order the XL out of the catalog of slightly baggy styles that covered a multitude of sins, especially my hips. Now, I can't possibly order from a catalog because even the measurements guide isn't all that accurate.
This isn't a rant blog, but rather one questioning the clothing industry. On the positive side, I absolutely love being able to go into a store and try on things and THEN have to ask the salesperson to bring me a smaller size. That's as good a reward as the new clothes themselves!