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Myth Buster: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

April 25, 2012

Allow me to point out  very clearly…when you see that tag in a pair of leggings or a dress that stretches and it reads, “One Size Fits All,” trust me when I say it’s not true.  It seems to me that many women tend to get tricked into this believing that if that woman of 130 pounds can wear that dress then a woman of 310 pounds can, too.  Not!  Let me explain.  Full figured women who understand fashion just as much as I do (and I weigh currently 169) will tell you themselves that they can’t wear every thing simi-skinny women can wear.  It’s just not possible.  Just like simi-skinny women or skinny women cannot wear everything in Ashley Stewarts or Lane Bryant.  Don’t get me wrong, because of my hips and my overall body build, I can step into an Ashley Stewart and walk out with a killer outfit and wear it with ease.  But that’s me.

The “One Size Fits All” was actually catered to women who basically weigh no more than 140 pounds.  Anything above that then you’re pushing it.  Now, there are those dresses that are made in a way where if you weigh more than 140 pounds but not more than — say — 165 pounds, you may can get away with it, but keep in mind that it does have it’s limits.

So, I bought a pair leggings some time back to wear with a long sweater I have (it’s a hot sweater…you’ve got to see it fully, but that’s it to the left).   The boutique where I purchased them, unbeknownst to me, had One Size Fits All sizes and plus size leggings and I unknowingly purchased a plus size pair (honest mistake…they were all mixed together on rack).  I took them back to return them and politely asked the manager, “why do you have your plus size leggings mixed in with the One Size Fits All when you have your plus size clothing on one side of the store, totally separate from the junior sizes?”  I stood there waiting for an answer because to me that’s just fashion boutique 101.  Of course she gave me this blank look, like I crazy or something. 

Ok, so I go home (never got a straight answer) and proceeded to try on the new leggings.  Wouldn’t you know it, I had to struggle to get them up.  At that time I was weighing about 160 pounds.  It took some doing, a lot of sweating to get them on, but managed to get them on.  What’s so ironic is I have other leggings of the same size caliber, but they go on without a hitch.  Fact:  Not all leggings are made by the same manufacturers, made here in the state or made in the same country, so you are bound to experience a huge size difference in just about every One Size Fits All labeling.

You might be asking yourself, “why is Rene’ talking about this?”  Let me tell you why!  I’m a curvy woman even at 169 pounds, so I know what I can wear comfortably and not look like I’ve been stuffed into my clothes, and what I cannot wear comfortably — clothin I totally avoid like spandex.  I am very self-conscience about what I wear which is why if I second guess it just once, I’m out of it before I leave the house or I come back home and change my clothes quickly.

When I go shopping and I see that tag, I am very skeptical because it’s almost like a false advertisement to some degree because the truth is one size doesn’t fit all when you have women who are a size 22W.  Think about how they feel when they walk into a boutique, see a pretty maxi dress they’d like to purchase and later discover they can’t wear it regardless of what the tag says.  It’s almost upsetting.  My mother who has dealth with weight issues most of her life gets terribly upset when she can’t find clothes that fit her.  I can’t remember the last time my mother has gone shopping for herself.  Only in the last year she’s been buying herself clothes (thank you Liz Claiborne) only because my sister and I fuss at her and tell her to stop buying us and my daughter things and buy her some clothes.

She gets discouraged because of her height in buying pants because she hates the thought of having to have them hemmed.  I sew (a trait picked up from her), so you know I could hem them for her and save her the money.  She’s looked at the One Size Fits All label and has been caught cursing under her breath because even she know’s that’s not a true statement.

My daughter who is a size 3-5 can easily step into a One Size Fits All item easily.  Hell, anyone that size can.  If you’re a size 12 or below, you probably could.  But moving forward let’s be real and honest with ourselves, and exercise a little common sense.  I say DO AWAY WITH THAT  BLASTED “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” BECAUSE IT’S A CONFIDENCE KILLER!!!

If you don’t believe what I’m saying, go and conduct a little experiment.  Go and purchase a few items from different locations with the One Size Fits All label.  Make sure you purchase them from a store where you can either return the item for a refund or get an exchange because you are bound to be returning something.  I’d say go with three or four items or whatever you can afford.  Make sure what you buy is similar to each other so you can fully understand what I’m talking about — leggings or mini skirts, or a long dress are good, but make sure that they have that label.  Try them on and see if there’s not a size difference and log the difference in each one.  If it’s the same for all then you are one of the lucky one.  If not then you’ve just experienced what I’ve been talking about.  It’s almost like when a blouse says it’s a size large but fits like a small, and you can clearly see it’s not a large and the sales lady is trying to convince you it’s a large and she wears a size 2.  Seriously.

We have to be considerate to all size women because we all have different fit needs when it comes to fashion.  The One Size Fits All label is just not doing it.  What are you thoughts about it?  Have you experienced this at some point?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. kristinekroken permalink
    April 29, 2012 1:41 pm

    Are you saying that if you’re fat you should stop using nice clothes, because they’re not nice on fat people anyway?

    • April 30, 2012 9:03 am

      Oh, no, that is not what I’m saying at all. What I’m saying is that we see the One Size Fits All label all the time when in fact it doesn’t live up to what it says. I prefer the One Size Fits Most which is a label that is rarely seen, but makes the most sense, stating that particular garment may and may not fit properly depending on your body type, weight and size. Frankly, I don’t like the term “fat” it denotes a persons appearance, has a negative point of an opinion if they suffer with weight issues. Most “curvy” or “full figured” or “plus size” (however you want to call them) women are comfortable in their skin and recognize what they can and cannot wear and should and should not wear. I’m simply saying that One Size Fits All labels in clothing under advertises the truth of who can and who cannot actually wear it. It’s actually a level of common sense. Think about it. I weigh 169 and can’t wear all of the One Size Fits All labels. I’m hippy and have a pooch and muffin top. And since I’m really self-conscience about what I wear, I tend to stay away from those label markings just to save myself the humiliation. I have nice clothes, in fact, wall-to-wall of nice clothes…clothes for every and any occasion, that’s because I pick and choose, and measure myself to make sure I fall into the right category of size before I order anything online or purchase anything from the store. So, to make it clear, there are nice clothes for everyone of all body types. Whether you’re skinny or fat (and I hate the term “fat”). Stores (department stores and boutiques) are waking up to the reality that plus size women deserve nice clothes as well, which is a huge plus to the fashion industry. The Mode, Torrid, Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant are among that list of stores that are topping the charts in bringing trendy clothing for the plus size woman to the forefront of the fashion industry. It helps to not so much focus on that one label that doesn’t play by the rules, but helps them to feel beautiful in the clothes made for them. I hope this clears up any minsunderstanding. 🙂

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