Thursday, May 10, 2018

Good luck finding clothes that fit . . .

. . . if you're female and you "ain't no size 2."

Start with "Size Matters," by Larisa Klebe on the Jewish Women's Archive.

Then watch Meghan Trainor's "All About the Bass" video and read the interview here.

Like Meghan Trainor, I'm certainly no size 2, and frankly, I resent the notion that all women are supposed to be not only forever thin, but to match a specific description of  "thin."  I can't remember ever having been smaller than a size 8 as an adult, not even when I was in my twenties, with no pot belly and not much by way of hips.  I was in my forties before I became aware that there actually existed women who were a size 2--I had thought that any size smaller than 4 was pure fiction.

Now take another, careful look at the photo of the women in the "Size Matters" post.  Not only are they all size 2, they're also symmetrical.  If a recent clothes-shopping experience of mine is any indication, clothing designers prefer women who are not only thin, but also have shoulders and hips of the same width.  This past winter, I bought a medium-size coat online, but I exchanged it for a large because I could barely zipper it at the hips.  A gornisht helfen (no help)--the large size was so big in the shoulders that I looked like a football player.  It's hard enough to find a below-the-knee down coat in this day and age when many women wear pants almost all the time.  It's darned near impossible if you're also pear-shaped.  Clothing merchants seem obsessed by the notion that down coats must be cut close to the body, less the wearer look fat, heaven forbid.

I'm sick and tired of this nonsense of judging women by their bodies.  I'm neither a size 2 nor symmetrical, and I'm fed up with clothing that's designed not to fit women like me.


Blogger Richardf8 said...

Gap Brands - Old Navy and Athleta - are pretty good for having a better size range. Also, if you have a Torrid in one of your malls, you might want ro check it out. No axactly tzniut, but you may find some useful stuff.

Tue May 22, 08:33:00 AM 2018  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks for the tip.

Fri May 25, 02:59:00 PM 2018  

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