Clothing sizes, at least American clothing sizes for women, have gotten ridiculous. RI-DIC-U-LOUS!!! I’ve just been shopping and I’m pulling my
hair out. Some people blame “vanity sizing” - meaning clothing makers label a size 12 jeans as a size 6 to make the consumer feel better about
their size and make them want to buy the jeans. As a sales tactic, I guess that is a possibility… and part of the reason for this rant. But I also
think manufacturers are needing to readjust everything for the typical American form… which is quite large.
Everyone needs to be able to get clothes and I have absolutely no problems with large people. (Insert some of my best friends are large people
statement here.) Plus size women can rock some fashionable clothes I’m thrilled that they can now be found easily. I know that decades ago, finding
XL clothes that were trendy was next to impossible. And I can’t totally blame businesses because it makes good business sense to cater to this
growing market (erg… pun was not intentional). But women on the smaller end of “regular” sizes are often left in the dust. And as a fully adult
woman, I really don’t want to shop at “teen” stores or the children’s section.
Let’s be real here. The average american woman is now large… well, plus size, “curvy". I don’t know the politically correct wording any
more. The average american woman is now a size 16-18.
This was reported back in September in People magazine but I’m sure you can find it
American women are on average between a misses size 16-18, or what is considered a plus-size 20W, according to a new study in the International
Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
the project is based on the data that 67 percent of women in the United States wear a size 14 or higher.
I don’t have statistics for what things were like in the 90s, but when I was in high school, there were maybe two or three girls in the entire
school of 300 students that were plus size and likely needed to find speciality plus size clothing (because it was, in fact, considered speciality
clothing back then…) Most girls I remember were fairly fit, some a little skinny some a little pudgy, but all within a range that would fit into
juniors or misses regular sizes. Now the majority - 67% - are plus size.
(Actually, sorry if that is hyperbole. I'm not sure if size 14 is
technically considered plus size or not... I think it is, but i'm not totally sure where the line is drawn. Probably varies by brand. Plus there is
a 14w, which is definitely plus size, and also a 14 misses which is more like the high end of regular misses sizes.)
I have to wonder what it looks like at American high schools now. Are 2 out of 3 high school girls really "plus size"... where in my high school
experience it was just around 1%? Or maybe it’s the older crowd *my generation and my parent's generation) that have gotten significantly larger
over the years but and is pushing that statistic up — but Wow!
This is pretty concerning, but that is probably a different rant all together. This rant isn't about that statistic but rather about how clothing
makers are dealing with the "new normal".
Clothing makers are making more plus size clothes - which is great and is clearly needed. But where does that leave people who were once a size
medium and now need an XS? Or even XXS? Some manufactures even now make size 000 (which are really more like old-school size 6). I don’t even
know what women who are truly XS do (like they wore an XS twenty years ago and are the same size now). I know some have to shop in the children’s
department, but of course the length and appropriateness of the clothing is an issue. Some very expensive high fashion clothing still size old
school, but few have the money for that. I know there are some Asian clothing makers that sell on Amazon and other outlets, but choices are
limited… and few look “adult” or professional as they ones I have found seem to cater to a teen market.
I weigh exactly the same as I did in high school, which was 20 years ago now. Now I’m not saying I have the same body I did in high school. Haha!
No. I don’t! I’ve had 3 kids and some medical issues since that time, so I certainly have some more lumps and scars than I did in high school
and I'm 20 years older… but one would expect that I’d wear basically the same size, right? Do I? Nope. I wear THREE sizes SMALLER.
Why didn’t clothing makers just extend their sizes upwards and leave the lower half of sizes where they were at?
Slim women now face the same problem large women did 20 years ago… they can’t simply go into a store and find clothes that fit them. They have to
buy online - which is a frustrating exercise too because so many clothing size charts are not accurate measurements. They need to find “speciality
I know this is a first-world problem, and not a big deal in the scheme of things. But it is annoying when you are trying to find a new pair of jeans.
I’m sure women of EVERY size would appreciate more standardized clothing sizes… they should range from XS- infinityXL, size 2 (no more of this 00
and 000 crap) - 32 (or whatever, skies the limit on the upper end). This one aspect of our lives would be SO much easier of we could all agree that an
X inch waist is a size X… and then manufacturers must cut the clothes to actually measure that way. Don’t try to add a few inches to make us feel
good about buy a "smaller" size. If we are all about body positivity now, how about we all be body honest? Let's be size honest? If there
truly is no shame in being a size 16 (or 6 or 26) how about we don't tinker with the measurements?
How can positivity go hand in hand with
vanity sizes?? I don't get it. If there is nothing “wrong” with being a size 16 (and, there isn’t, I’ve met many very attractive and
healthy women in that size) then make a 16 a real 16….and make a 6 a real 6!
Sorry if this rant was all over the place. I’m really annoyed and my thoughts are kind of jumbled.
Do men have the same problem? My husband has grown in a bit in our years of marriage
, but he still wears the same size... so I suspect there are
some size shenanigans happening in the men's department as well.