Monday, September 13, 2010

Pant Sizes.

We're told to love ourselves, but how can we when we're lied to, and told we're not good enough?
So, this is a rant, really. But an important one. 

I was out shopping today, and went to Target. After getting my storage containers, I decided to go look at the pants and see if by the grace of God they had any in my size. What I found was that about 99% of the pants were skinny jeans. First off, I hate skinny jeans. I'm thin, and I have hips, so they're a bit uncomfortable and crammed at the top. Plus I hate seeing the tops of my feet/shoes. Makes my feet look really big, and I don't like how it frames your legs to go from fat thigh to skinny calves. It just looks unproportional to me. Also, the pockets are too small. They're always like that for girls jeans, the pockets barely pass your finger length. 

Once I found the small corner, literally maybe two rows on a shelf of two brands of regular boot-cut flare (by this I mean two rows of maybe 6ft long, with all of the sizes on them), I dug around and tried to find my size.

Now, I don't know when this happened, but they started to make the sizes weirder and more complicated to comprehend and figure out which fits you. Rather than the original "size 7" or "size 9" or whatever you are on the tag and label of the jeans, it's now in a different language of "size 7L" or "size 9R". I looked all over the tags, and found no definition of "L" or "R". So I went with the L, since the R was way curvier than I'd ever be and awkwardly shaped to my eye.
And I skipped my merrily way to the fitting rooms, happy I found a pair of cute jeans.

And then it begins.
I take off my current SIZE SEVEN jeans, and tug and do that attractive pant-dance to get these on. I thought it took a bit more effort since I just ate a burger, so no biggy. So once they were on, I went to button them up. 

They wouldn't button.
I couldn't even get the button near the goddang HOLE. I squeezed and sucked it in as much as I could, no dice. Since I was just IN a pair of jeans of the same size (when I bought them they were indeed a "7L", so I just go with what I remember when buying things), I assumed they just put the jeans on the wrong hanger, happens all the time, almost bought a size 0 jeans on a size 7 hanger once (yes, they looked THAT much alike). But when I looked at the tag, they added yet another code to their fashion lingo.

"size 7L, fit 6"

'Scuse me, but, huh? Does this make any sense to you? Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but does this mean "this is actually a size 6, but we're gonna say it's for girls who wear a size 7, just to make them feel FAT and then go on a diet and lose more weight so they can be the skinny girls with no curves and CONFORM DAMNIT" ?? It seems so, because those pants would not go on even if I gave them the worlds greatest blow job. I am nearly 100% sure that there's something fishy going on with the people who size these things. Like some sort of anorexic ninja that invades all the fashion designers shops and takes out 2 inches of stuffing from the practice mannequins every 6 months. 
You can yell at me all you want to say I gained weight. But I did not. My other size 7's ALL FIT WONDERFULLY.

I honestly think that fashion designers are slowly taking off an inch of the material, and labeling it the same so that girls will have to buy bigger, and feel as if they need to lose weight. It's already been proven that for guys jeans, makers such as Gap and others are adding on at least 2-4 inches in the material, but labeling it smaller than it is. (I'd give the video, but Yahoo! is being stupid and deletes all of it's shit after a day or something, thanks Yahoo). 

Then there's that "love who you are" thing going around, saying you should be yourself, be happy with yourself and your body, being too skinny isn't good, it's nice to have curves! And all that jazz, but then they all go and fuck with the pant sizes, which make me, 115lb and 5'6" Angela, feel very, very fat.

Anyway, this is really starting to piss me off. Pants were already hard to find for my body in the first place, and now I'm stuck with like 4 pairs of jeans, and I never have all of them in the same place (I stay at my grandmothers a lot, and my mom's place... we'll just say things get lost very easily). I'd rant more, but now I'm tired and annoyed at Yahoo for not having the video anymore.

Stupid Yahoo. 


  1. I know so well how that feels :D I'm very picky about clothes but I'll try pretty much anything that catches my eye.
    A while back I went to check for jeans, going through several stores. One of them had a size 38 (european sizes) I tried them on and they were fine but in the end I didn't like the way it shaped my legs. I went to the second store, asked for the 38, and had to end up asking for 44 because that's what fit me! I guess sizes varie from store to store.

  2. UGH it does! And it pisses me off >< Why can't they just use one pant size for everything? I thought the reason they had pant sizes in the first place was so we could easily find what fit us, not find what fit us in that specific STORE. Do they expect us to carry around a little notebook with a list of what size we wear for what store or something?

  3. I can never find the right pair of jeans, but I'm the opposite to you in that I'm too small to find anything that fits. People say that it's bad to be too skinny but I'm naturally petite and can't help the way I am. I am healthy and normal, even if I am a little smaller, I just wish people would understand that.

  4. Now I'm pissed.... I mean, I've always thought the same thing, but to actually read that about guys' jeans, it's like I'm absolutely confirmed in all that I've thought. I hate the fashion industry. I'm gonna revert to PJ pants (where S, M, L, and XL are generally the only sizes, and where it's okay that I prefer to wear XL when I could fit in a M or L because I prefer it) and skirts, home-made skirts. Oi...

  5. It's totally true and a conspiracy. Wedding dresses are even worse-I got married in May and before that I spent over a year starving myself into a size 6 b/c let's face it my hips just aren't getting any less wide. At any rate-wedding dress sizes are at least (depending on designer) 2 sizes bigger than your 'street size' meaning despite my hard won size 6-my wedding dress was a size 10. Because that's what every stressed out/self-concious bride needs is to feel even more HUGE on their wedding day. Bastards.

  6. I totally agree with this. I wish it would be normal for a girl to wear baggy-guy-jeans. -___-

  7. Haha Sam, that really sucks. I don't wear dresses so I never knew how the sizes work.

    I know right Emily? I remember when I was little and pant sizes WERE S M L XL. every few years they add on another code and think it makes it better and it doesn't, it's so hard to find pants in the first place, why make it WORSE??

  8. I have the same problem... My jeans wont button up! :( LOL

  9. So i actually prefer leggings :) I feel so free whoo hoo

  10. Pants shopping is the worst shopping experience. (I don't like shopping in general (shocker for a girl, I know) because it's so f-ing depressing... Never my size unless it's that hideous shirt/dress/pair of pants that no one else wanted...) But yeah. It might even be a plot to make women start sewing more again. Of course, I don't think that's bad because I think it'd be cool to make my own clothes. But I know it's also a symbol for "inept women" or whatever (like trophy wives who do squat but sit in the house watching day-time TV and stuff).

  11. Ugh I totally agree. Shirts aren't as bad as pants for me though. I HATE going shopping for pants, but I don't have that many, and the only ones are skinnies. I saw today when I was out, every girl was in skinnies, no joke.


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