Over the years, I have been a wide variety of sizes. My body has worn size 4 to size 14 and stayed in maternity clothes for far too many months more than I would like to admit after my babies were born. There was a time I used to let the number or size in my pants play a part in defining who I was. How ridiculous to live my life by a number on a scale or the number sewn into my clothes. Thank goodness, I can now see how crazy that was and have begun to focus on bigger and better things that truly help define who I am.
But going back to sizes … why do we have them in clothes? You know what I am talking about: the numbers for women starting at double zero that go up to size 20. I understand sizes should make shopping easier and more efficient, but lately I can go into one store and buy a size 4 (and by no means am I a size 4) or size 6 and go into another store and cannot squeeze a size 4 or 6 over my hips or manage to suck in enough to button them. The differences in sizing from store to store is frustrating.
I have also noticed that over the last couple of years, one of my favorite stores (not naming names) has done something bizarre with their sizing. I’m on to you; I know you are placing tags that state a smaller size in actual bigger sized clothing. For what reason? Is it in hopes that more women will buy your clothes because they feel better that they are in a smaller size? My body hasn’t changed much in the last couple of years, but I have noticed that when I go to your store and grab the size I need to try on, I always end up needing to downsize. In the past, that would have made me happy, but today I think you are just trying to trick us women. What do I know? There has probably been market research that shows if women find clothes that fit in a smaller size, they are more likely to buy them, especially with how the media plays a role with body image and self esteem. Honestly, I hope I’m wrong and maybe I’ve lost some inches with all the BODYPUMP I do, but something tells me we are being deceived.
I know this sounds crazy, but in my mind, I wish they would do away with numbered sizing. Okay, I haven’t thought about all the logistics, but wouldn’t it be great if instead of numbers when you went into a clothing store and reached for your size, there were no numbers but instead you saw labels sewn in that stated such things like: gorgeous, wonderful, beautiful, fabulous, awesome, etc? I know I’m dreaming here, but wouldn’t it be amazing if we focused on positive and encouraging words that celebrated every body type instead of numbers that some women let define part of who they are?
Here is my point: in a perfect world, a size 6 or size 12 is the same no matter where you shop. That makes shopping more efficient and easier. I know, there are differences that have to be taken into account for various styles, personal preference, etc., but having a true universal sizing would be great, especially with all the online shopping available. I love seeing all the options for online boutiques that offer such cute clothing for women, but I am hesitant to purchase because I have bought in the past and things don’t fit as described. You know what I mean – “item fits true to size.” True to size according to whom? I don’t even know what my true size is anymore!