Clothing sizes have officially gotten bigger. I am all for accepting every body type, but this is catering to obesity. There’s not argument.
My older clothes, including vintage clothes are all different sizes. I have some shorts that are a size 3/4 from about 2 years ago (second hand from a friend). They fit perfectly. When I wear older clothes this is generally the smallest they are, 2’s in dresses.
This is the size that I am after losing weight, I used to be in the 9-11 range.
So. I go shopping at a second hand store, these sizes hold true.
I go to a newer store, where I try something on in a size that is the same size as the clothes I’m wearing. Today I am wearing a dress that I bought in a similar style just this January at the same store. Target, to be exact. The dress still fits well, maybe even better because my body has more structure now.
The dress I’m trying on looks like a gunny sack.
But it is just about a size and a half too big.
A new frustration for shopping.
No, an old frustration.
I have spent my whole life not being able to find things that fit me right.
And here we are again. I had a good 4ish of really knowing what fit me.
All bodies are beautiful.
But health, in my opinion is the most beautiful at all.
And a healthy body reflects that.
That is what we’re about in this community.
This is not so much about me complaining about not being able to find my size, but about the fact that sizes shouldn’t cater to the obesity epidemic. I know its about marketing, and that society shouldn’t force women to look a certain way.
But more attention needs to be called to the fact that a growing population of (mainly) young people are unhealthy. Obesity reflects unhealthiness.
These little changes are the things that help people turn a blind eye, this is the first generation in the US to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
Read this article, it will help explain.
I got into a conversation with my mom, and have started asking around.
Next time you go clothes shopping, wear something that you bought a few months ago that still fits you well. Try on something with some similarity in structure and of course, size. Its not all stores and brands doing this, but a lot of them are.
What do you notice?
I know I have not lost this much more weight. I’m petite, but not so skinny that I should be shopping back in juniors to find something that fits me.
Which is what I’m starting to have to do. I spent all of my insecure years shopping in juniors.
So it pisses me right off.
If you are going to make all the sizes bigger, maybe make sizes that include the smaller sizes that were just there. Do you really think that we people don’t exist? It messes with my mind, I think that’s why I don’t like it. I’ve been troubled. I have, and I’m realizing what it is now. It makes me think that maybe I should eat more, like I shouldn’t be as fit. They are trying to impose the notion that bigger is better. Health is better. Whatever you look like in result of being healthy is what is beautiful. And there is no end result, because it is a life. Not just a lifestyle.
I’m not talking about working out every day at a high intensity not being a fitness guru, but being active, not eating unnatural processed foods. Eating things that come from the earth, enjoying real flavors over something created in a lab.
We are not getting bigger as a nation because of dessert. We are getting bigger because of that dessert being food of things processed so many times that it becomes… what?
Tell me what that is. Because I don’t even know.
Good thing I’m a thrifter.
Fitblrs are a movement. ‘Nuff said.
Happy Healthy Living!