Since my blog last week I’ve been thinking about clothing and sizes and I have been pondering a few things. I’d like to take a moment to talk about size…
I was a little girl. I know that’s true for about half of the population, but I mean it in the truest sense of the word. I was “little”. Think age 11, size 6 little girls clothing, in 6th grade, little. In my 7th grade sewing class, I was the only girl not using a Junior size pattern. My pattern was a Girl’s size 7. I was just grateful it wasn’t a size 6! I’ve changed a bit since then. I think sizes have, too.
And so I begin by asking a crucial question…
What in the world is a size 0? And, as if that’s not small enough, it has smaller relatives…like 00 and 000! What do these even mean??? Does the person that wears these sizes turn sideways and disappear? Do they even really exist? By definition zero “stands for the absence of quantity…” So, technically, do these girls have no bodies?
When I was a kid “5, 7, 9” was a store. Really, it was, and those were the sizes you could find there. Looking back my politically-correctly-enlightened mind tells me that was not a very nice store to an awful lot of girls. I don’t think it lasted that long. Now I go to “3, 6, 9,” but that’s for Chinese food. I’m not sure what it stands for, but my husband likes the food there. Of course, if you eat there with any regularity you will never wear those sizes. Maybe the name is a warning?
Men have it easy, their clothes are based on their measurements, waist x inseam for pants; neck measurement for dress shirts and S, M, L, XL, etc. for casual shirts. Easy. Things are not so clear for women. Odd sizes are Junior (teen, young adult) sizes. (See the correlation there?) Even sizes are Women’s sizes. We also have Plus Sizes and I’m thinking the aforementioned zero trio can be labeled Minus sizes. Of course we can’t forget Petites, that wonderful category for the vertically challenged where they use less material and charge you more money. I remember being very grateful for Levis jeans. I could always find my size and never had to roll them up unless I wanted to.
I think I speak for most women when I say, to some degree, that I do appreciate the Kardashian ladies. Their unashamed flaunting of their over-sized bottoms are a boost to women everywhere. Because of them, big butts are in style. I’m not sure why we need celebrities with over-sized rears to help us appreciate our own, “butt,” really it’s not that big a deal.