07 May 2006

This is why I can't buy pants.

I was all happy about gaining some hockey weight until I started outgrowing my pants. Shopping, always a favorite hobby - especially when sanctioned by actually needing something rather than just going for a recreational jaunt - has lately been more an exercise in frustration than anything else. On each attempt, I've selected items one size larger than what's in my closet and gone to try them on. Uniformly, they fall to my ankles. Discouraged by the gulf between two sizes and disappointed that I won't be able to justify the pretty new skirt, I'll go get the item in the size I usually wear...just to imagine wearing it. Lo and behold, TOO BIG. The next size down from that, the smallest size in the store, also turns out to be too large. ??? I've gained enough weight and bulk to pop buttons off my waistbands at home, but can't hold up pants a size smaller in the store? At last, official word that I am not psychotic: 0 is the new 8 - The Boston Globe.

There is some satisfaction in being able to order from L.L.Beans and Land's End kids' catalogs, where a shirt in Girls is usually considerably less expensive than the identical shirt in the Womens section. I'm not much for "skorts" though, and it would be nice have a choice of prints other than pastel daisies...

3 comments:

Epiphany Alone said...

Must be the hip measurement that foils pant shopping? Have you tried shopping in one of the stores that caters to petite sizes? My personal problem with those stores is though I wear a petite pant size, I have a long torso so petite tops look cropped on me. I like to shop at TJ Maxx and Marshalls because they carry a good amount of petites, and generally the same labels of both misses and petite clothing, so I can mix and match.

I'd love skorts in women's sizes. I'm the girl who nearly always is wearing bike shorts under a skirt ;)

Rob said...

The article in the Boston Globe does not prove that you aren't psychotic, just that you aren't the only one with size issues.

bibliofilly said...

Girl, the other thing I've noticed lately is that tops are made to be narrow in the shoulder and long in the sleeve...corroborated by my friend Theresa, who is not at all built like me (she's tiny everywhere at barely 5'1" versus my zaftig top-heavy frame - I have no butt to speak of). WHO ARE these narrow-shouldered, long-armed people? It's a conspiracy...

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