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Sunday, November 28, 2010

I've repeatedly told myself (and anyone trying to buy me new clothes, i.e.: my mother and other family members), that I will not have anything new as I have no space in my wardrobe. I still have tons of old stuff that is too large to use. I'm giving away bits at the time to people who can make some use of them, and I'm trying to recycle other bits for myself if they can be altered or if they can be used in different ways from their intended purpose. Still, it's taking some time.

Last winter it was great as, with it being so cold I could use most of my old winter stuff by wearing 2 or 3 items of the same clothing at the same time (two pairs of trousers over socks over stockings, a couple of t-shirts under a couple of jumpers, that sort of thing). I looked a bit like the Michelin man but it wasn't too weird. This time round I don't think I can do that as I've lost a bit more weight and it's getting more difficult to pull it off.

Lately it's been quite cold here in London again, below 0 C at times, and I've found it difficult to find suitably warm clothes to go out in, from my old stuff. I can do it, but it's getting harder and harder. So when I saw this lovely coat while out in Camden yesterday I gave myself permission to break my own rules and treat myself to it. Except... it was one size and I couldn't even get my arm in! Same thing with a similar one in another shop. I was venting my frustration out to Mr Gent, telling him how annoying it is that clothes are made for stick insects. It must also be awful for young girls who are a perfectly normal size but can't get anything pretty to fit them properly because they're not anorexics. No wonder a lot of them have so many problems! Mr Gent told me that an ex gf of his was slightly taller than me and pretty slim, and even she couldn't find anything that fit her. His opinion was that manufacturers and shop chains have a target image of people they want in their shops to make them look cool, so they intentionally make things in impossible to wear sizes unless you have the body of a pre-pubescent boy - that way they don't get "fatties" (anyone with a normal body) even through their doors.

I'm glad I'm not 15 - I'm not sure I could have coped with this sort of pressure at that age!
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    I am sure you will find a coat.

    I have treouble finding things that fit my arms too... emoticon
    3616 days ago
    I tried on a jeans jacket at Pimkie's and it was 'L'- I could barely wear it. I am no longer a teenager so I can wear whatever I like...I'll get one from another brand, the hell with Pimkie...anyway they told me most sizes are largely for Japanese & Chinese women who are much smaller than the average western woman, more power to them...I really enjoy MaxMara, PennyBlack, Penny & Co., and therir sizes for real women emoticon
    3616 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/30/2010 6:07:32 AM
  • MONIA30
    And again Mr Gent was right. I'm quite lucky as i am the high of a midget and lot of tings suits me, so i can't realy complain. There is however one thing which is worrying me. My daughter is 10, very tall and slim (model figure) and all this presurre from shops and tv is taking its toll. She told me that she has to loose weight. She is 10, 146 cm and 5.03st. I don't think so!!!Thank god she eats like horse, if i see any lack of apetite im going to stuff the food in her mouth!!
    About coat-hope you'll find someting nice very quickly as i heard it will get very cold and your sensitive english/italian butt will freeze to death ;)))xx
    3617 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    So I'm not the only one who finds coat sleeves and cardigan sleeves are cut so thin you can't get your arms in? I thought it was just me! :-)
    It is infuriating! *growl*
    Lex xxx
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    3618 days ago
  • no profile photo LYFO12
    You said it right Screwie!! All we see on tv and ads in magazines are girls/women in a size 0. Is that healthy or normal? I'm not too sure about that. In the 1950's, stars were a healthy size 14 and were sex symbols, i.e. Marylyn Monroe. How did everything change so drastically over the years? I like watching America's Next Top Model, but lately, I'm a bit turned off at some of the contestants. You can clearly see their ribs and that's scary. I think that a person can be still be slim and healthy without looking like they're starving to death.
    3618 days ago
    That's sad! I'm sure you'll find another coat that will be better than the stick-insect coat.
    3618 days ago
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