I was at the mall the other day window-shopping for my outfit in our company Christmas party and I noticed how a lot of the clothing sizes are getting increasingly smaller.
I know I’m not exactly petite, but I was trying on a large-sized dress and I was so surprised that it doesn’t fit me. I mean, seriously Zara, what is your idea of a large woman? What is this, a center for ants or something? OA naman.
I actually prefer numbered sizing, like what they have in the US. You know, sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, etc., because at least they accommodate more people instead of forcing them to fit into either XS, S, M, or L. Sometimes they don’t even carry XL. (Some of us happen to be between sizes!) They’re marginally less judgmental. But sadly here in the Philippines, 90% of the time we are stuck with XS, S, M, or L. So if your size is in-between, then you just gotta have to deal with wearing clothes that are a little bit too tight or a little bit too big.
Ever since I gained weight, I always go Medium for blouses, sometimes Large when the store has smaller sizes. And that’s it. But recently, I found several shops wherein Large doesn’t even fit me anymore. I mean, I am only 125lbs. Sure a little overweight for a 5’3″ but I am such in disbelief and find it discriminating that I couldn’t fit a Large. And I know a ton of people who are much much bigger than me. Do they have any idea how humiliating it is to ask for a bigger size when the largest one they have on the rack doesn’t fit? I mean, come on..
I know that my proportions are considerably more challenging to dress than most girls out there, but to tell you honestly, I don’t feel large. And when I look at all the nice, supposedly large clothes that don’t fit me, I’m like, there are so many people out there who are bigger than I am. What, don’t they deserve to wear nice things, too? I know that most people here are petite and probably skinny (lucky you), but what about the rest of us? It’s unfair.
Am I really that fat? Seriously? Do I have to starve myself to fit into nicer clothes? Do I really have to conform to today’s ridiculous standards of physical beauty?
Ugh. This is why I hate shopping.