Friday, July 15, 2016

WTF, Fashion Police?

Even though I've lost quite a bit of weight over the last three years, I'm still a big girl.   I accept my size, and tend to focus more on my health than my weight. And I'm not a fashionista, puzzling over various outfits for hours a day.  With a few exceptions, my shirt size is a 2x.  I buy random 2x shirts, so I can just grab one from the closet, dress as quickly as possible, and be out the door. 

Except that I can't do that anymore.

The gray shirt on top is a 2x.  The black shirt underneath is a 2x.  I could post more, but you get the idea.  The black shirt fits wonderfully, but the gray shirt presents a challenge for my boobs to fit in.  The gray shirt appears to be more of a large, and I would chalk it up to mislabeling, except that I am finding more and more "2x" shirts are not actually 2x, at least not in woman's sizes.  And there does not appear to be a rhyme or reason that you can rely on. 

What is up with that?  Is there rationing of cotton fibers that I don't know about?  Are we secretly reverting to the metric system?  What logic is behind randomly shrinking the sizes of women's clothing?  Wouldn't it make sense to have more accurate sizing?

This is a perfect job for the fashion police.  Instead of running around calling out women wearing plaid with stripes, they should be ticketing Fashion Row in NYC for felonious sizing.  And also for making people think that puce is coming back into fashion.  It is not even a real color.

Women already battle body issues.  We're already made to feel horrible about our size, our eating habits, and our life choices.  I hate looking at myself in a mirror, especially after all this cancer stuff.  I hate trying on clothes.  I especially hate trying on clothes when my son is along for the trip, asking me if I'm done yet, am I done yet, am I done now? Knowing that I was size 2x up top gave me a break, saved me time, and saved me from getting a complex.  I could think about other stuff, like whether or not hallucinations count in Pokemon Go.   Now I can't do that.  Some of these 2x shirts marketed to women fit my eight year old child.  The size difference is that big!  Don't even get me started talking about pants.   

Get your act together, fashion industry.  A size 2x should be consistent across the board, no matter the cut, style, or the fabric.  Same with a size 4.  It shouldn't be that hard to find decent sized clothes, and if things don't change, my money will be spent on other things. 


  1. The only good thing is that sometimes a rather small shirt can have a huge size on it and you can get it at a great discount. Too many passed over it because they could not stand that huge size.
    But you are right, sizing is so unreliable.

  2. I don't know about the random sizing but I do know that all my cotton T shirts keep shrinking so that the older 2x eventually get to be misfits, I like my T's loose and comfortable.

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  4. I hate that stuff too. I'm the sort who buys things off the rack, and I damn well want it to fit! Universal sizing would be nice.
    I'm a size 3X, and anyone who has a problem with that can stick their problem where the sun don't shine. I'm done calling my body horrible names, and I'm definitely done with diet culture.

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