Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Just a size...
D and I have been invited to a masquerade party in a few weeks. As such, we recently purchased costumes online. On the website that I ordered the costumes from there is a warning, "Costume sizes run small, please check the measurements to ensure accuracy in fit." What I would like to know is how does a size "run small?" Why isn't a 10 a 10? Why is a 10 an 8 in some stores and a 12 in another? WHY? It is very difficult to have to try on every single item that you would like to purchase just because you can't determine whether you will even fit in the item based on the size. When my sisters and I discuss pant sizes we always differentiate where that size is from, such as, "These new jeans are a size 12 from the Gap, which means a Wal-Mart 10!" When I went to get my wedding dress the sales lady asked me what pants size I wore and then got me dresses a size bigger because wedding dresses "run small." If items "run small" and the designers know that they "run small" why don't they put a tag in the item with a smaller number on it? I mean really, why simplify things for people, or make people feel good about the size they are wearing. Life is much better when people think they are larger than they really are. It really makes people want to shop more.
Yesterday, our costumes arrived on our front porch step, which is another whole story as to why the UPS man rings the doorbell and then bangs on the door like the boogie man is chasing him only to leave the package on my porch without even waiting the 10 seconds for me to answer the door. Anyway, our costumes arrived. The costume that I ordered for myself says that it should fit a woman from size 16 to 24. Well, since I am closer to the bottom of that, I figured there would be no issues. Let's just say that if a woman that normally wears a size 24 tries to fit into my dress, it will no longer be a dress because I, at an 18, barely fit into it! BARELY! It is just a size? Yeah right, how good do I feel now?
I told D that size shouldn't matter, it is just numbers. When I met D and we got married, I wore between a size 8 and 10 depending on where I purchased my clothing of course. Now after having a baby and gaining a lot of weight (sadly), I wear an 8 plus a 10, but they are the same numbers and sizes are just numbers. So, it shouldn't really matter right. One size fits most...yeah right!