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I hate vanity sizing!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I know "the industry" really likes vanity sizing. People can fit their butts into 4's when realistically they are bigger than a 4. I really don't care about my size any longer, but it took a long time to get to this place. I know my oldest gets really upset with what size her jeans are, but that's another story.

We love to shop clearance, the outlets and thrift stores. Today I tried on three different brands. The one I bought was a 9, a little big in the waist, but that's what a belt is for. The other one was a 7 too big and another was a 6 and it was bigger, yet. Yes, the smaller size was bigger. I literally pulled it straight down and it fell off me. The six was a Vera Wang for you fashion guru's. The 7 was Maurice's and the 9 was some brand at JC Penny's.

I hate shopping for pants for this exact reason. Just let me be a number that I can use across the board. Wouldn't shopping be much easier if we were the same number? I like the number 13...so if I fit into that number I could walk into any store, find my size and walk out with the pants I want. No more going into a fitting room, taking off my shoes, trying them on, putting them back on the hanger, walking out, getting a size bigger or smaller....repeat!

Guys have it easier. They are a 32 x 36. Each brand may not fit exactly the same, but it has to be easier than vanity sizing for women! At least they are in the ballpark when they start!

So here are my lessons for the day!
Lesson #1: We are not a number or certain size.
Lesson #2: We are ALL BEAUTIFUL and made for a reason. emoticon

Lesson #3: It is up to us to treat the bodies we were given with care and eat healthy food to keep it running well.

Lesson #4: We need to learn to love the body we have! It doesn't mean that we can't improve on it, but we need to embrace our uniqueness! emoticon

It's too bad that we don't always see ourselves the way those that love us see us. So embrace yourself and love the skin you're in! emoticon
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  • OOLALA53
    Hear, hear!
    1674 days ago
    And the petites are getting longer, or my legs are getting shorter. I used to be able to buy a petite and the length was just perfect. Now the backs of the pantlegs drag the ground. Petites are generally hemmed at 28", although I don't know if that is accurate, or if they advertise that and make them just a little longer for shrinkage. I really need a 27 1/2 inch inseam, so I do a lot of hemming. I am pleased to see I am not the only one shopping at thrift stores and garage sales. My favorite thrift store doesn't even have a try on room, but their prices are so cheap that if I end up with something I can't use, it is no big deal and I pass it along.
    1676 days ago
  • KCLARK89
    This is so true!!! I've had to realize too that I just CAN'T shop in the junior section at even Target to get their cute shorts because they are cut for those who, as I call it, "have no legs" (i.e. no curve; stick straight boy-ish). But if I actually shop in the women's section, I'm a smaller size than I would be shopping in jr's anyways!
    1676 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I totally agree with you about the sizes not being the same. You are so right about not defining yourself by your size! It more important to like your body and feel that it is healthy.

    1676 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Sound reasoning of a delusional greedy industry focused on vanity! Clothes used to be so important to me when I lived, worked, and played in DC! Here in paradise where I can now where designer anything, my focus is on anything "dri-fit!"
    AND you're right about men's sizes. The problem is clothes are made in all countries with the cheapest work groups. The quality and size will vary. THAT's another reason why I will "shop clearance, the outlets and thrift stores!"
    Great Blog, MJ!
    1676 days ago
    Here's to the skin we're in - no matter its 'size'!
    1676 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    I hear you. I believe you. And I'm sorry to say men's clothes are not much different. Thank you for peeved like the rest of us. emoticon
    1676 days ago
    Totally agree with you! I have clothes in my closet ranging from 6s to 14s which all fit and love to shop thrift stores . . . so definitely am aware of 'size creep". Often carry a measuring tape in my purse to avoid at least some "try-ons": I know my waist measurement!!
    1676 days ago
    Yep. I have experienced this. My mom's size 16 wedding dress would probably be a 6 today. Sigh.

    When in doubt, try it on.
    1676 days ago
    It's one reason I actually LOVE thrift stores - I've had to TRY THINGS ON to get a sense of what will fit and what won't.

    So over time I've gotten a little better at holding things up to my waist, looking at how much fabric there is and how it's cut, and deciding whether it's worth trying on.

    And as you've pointed out, the vast range of "sizes" in the labels has immunized me against the whole stupid "woot! I fit into a size 6 now!" or whatever number happens to be sewn in there.


    But I don't say those things because it isn't fair to the people who are still hoodwinked by the industry. To them it's a legitimate "non scale victory" and I don't want to take that away from them, no matter how misguided it is...

    And the converse is true - when I see a blog like this, I breathe a huge sigh of relief that there are other people out there who "get it."

    Thanks for sharing.

    1676 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/23/2013 8:22:03 PM
    That is the worse thing about shopping for clothes. They should just do girls clothes the same as guys by measurement!
    1676 days ago
    I have the same problem buying clothes as you do! I can never tell by the size #. I usually go to thrift stores/rummage sales for most of my clothes. I just put them up to me, and if they look like they will fit I get them. If they don't I am not out that much and I usually know someone who they will fit. But most of the time, that seems to work for me. (yes, I have a closet full of different sizes, from 6 to 10's, and sometimes fitting the same, and they all fit)
    Loved your lessons for the day!! Thanks for sharing this!
    Barb emoticon emoticon
    1676 days ago
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