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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sizes schmizes......

Just when you think you know what size you wear, something throws you off......

I know I've talked about this before but it's worth mentioning again...and again....and again.
We just can't measure our success by numbers....
Yeah, I know, I know....less than a week ago, I ran home from a shopping trip, threw my new pants on the bed and proceeded to take pictures of the size tags.....
That was then.....this is now.
Anyone who has lost....or gained....a good deal of weight can tell you--trying to keep up with what fits and what doesn't can be a sometimes futile but always expensive exercise.
I've got an entire attic filled with clothes that don't fit.
Hell, at this rate, I've got an entire closet filled with clothes, piles of clothes strewn about my bedroom and boxes of carefully folded clothes--that don't fit.
Even though I've done a good job of weeding out and sharing things and giving things away, I'm left with a million dollar wardrobe of sizes.....
And just when I think I've got it all figured out.....I slap on a pair of circa 1992 Levis in a size 10 petite and they do not fit....
Nope, that zipper just ain't going up....
I know, I know--what's a girl doing with a pair of 18 year old jeans?
I saved them.....doesn't everyone save their coveted size jeans?
I mean, I finally find those prized jeans (beneath a bejeweled heavily shoulder-padded acid washed jean jacket packed in a big Pampers box) and the damn things don't fit...
FYI....the jacket fits just fine.....did I really wear that?
Yes I did. With my big hair and my big glasses, thank you very much....

So much for that size 6 I bought last week.....
But, here's the kicker---I weigh less now than I did back there in 1992 when I wore those jeans!
So.....vanity sizing has reared it's ugly head again....
Leaving me to demand---will the real Size 10 petite jeans please stand up!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hear ya sistah, but my note this week were a pair of black pants I just purchased....THEY HAVE TO BE RETURNED - TOO BIG!!!! woo-hoo

L

Gen said...

I think a size 10 back then is equivalent to a size 6 today...don't sweat it - and give that shoulder-padded jacket a proper burial!

Jody V said...

Every store I go into I am a different size. That always bothers me. It shouldn't because I don't shop on the "other side" anymore. No more plus size clothes!

Jody

Eileen, Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

Storing clothes in Pampers boxes. Too funny. I did the same thing. It was great for baby clothes.

Nella said...

Definitely don't sweat it!
The sizing in Canada and the US is just crazy!

Sandy Lee said...

I agree with Gen. I think they have re-sized everything over the years. They were much smaller back then. So go out and get ye some new clothes!

I also wanted to tell you how much I loved your story posted by Gen. You made a lot of things clear. Funny, but I posted a "It's a Journey not a Race" just recently because it came clear one day. I have the rest of my life to do this and your thoughts were so helpful. I'd love to have a few drinks with you--I'll buy :D