I told y'all about my habit of keeping clothes for a long time. Decades even. Most of my pants [blue jeans, dress pants] were bought when Wallene was born or before .
After Wallene was born I was able to purchase size 8 and size 10 pants, skirts, suits - the same sizes I had worn most of my life as being 5'8 [or 5'7 depending on who is measuring me] and mid 130's. From high school, through college and into the 90's [except when I was pregnant] I fit into either a size 8 or a 10.
Now that I have managed to up my weight from my post hospital size of 118 lbs to a respectable 130.6 lbs my old clothes fit again. Go me. [Told you I would do it!] And my clothes are still 8's and 10's because I am still wearing my old clothes.
So why do I read blogs where people weigh 160 lbs and are buying and wearing size 6's? Today a friend showed me a cute dress she had bought that was a size 4 and she weighs 30 lbs more than I do. She looks adorable in it and I saw the tag, but...
Size tags on my clothing don't matter to me - never have - but has it been so long since I bought clothing that I have to ask if manufacturers are skewing their sizes to make everyone feel better about themselves? Is this a marketing tool of some sort I don't know about?
Don't get me wrong - I want everyone to have a good self body image and feel good about themselves but when I told my girlfriend I was an 8 she said it wasn't possible since she was a 4. I had to peel my blue jeans down to show her the tag. She scoffed and claimed they were mislabeled. I said no, they were just 13 years old. [Maybe I should've kept my mouth shut?]
I couldn't have worn her dress, it would've been too big. [I didn't say that. It was just obvious] I don't want to suck the wind out of any one's sails but doesn't this just speak to the obesity in America? I am not saying 160 lbs is obese, or even fat on my friends [I am taller than both] - but if they are remarking the sizes to make woman feel better about their size, as in "Oh, look I am X size when I am XXX lbs" don't you have to question what the true answer is?
I think I need to go shopping.
I may be a size 2 at this point.
[I am NOT going shopping. I am just kidding. You know I hate it.]
Can anyone explain this phenomenon?