A Clothing Label Does NOT Label You
We’ve said it to our men for years but have we gotten the message for ourselves, or more specifically for our clothing? SIZE DOESN’T MATTER! I recently picked up a cute spring dress in a smaller size than I would ordinarily wear, while the shapewear I was wearing underneath was a much larger size. I decided it was a great example of why we shouldn’t base how we feel about ourselves on a number stamped inside a garment’s label.
Most of us waste a lot of time worrying about the size of our bodies and the size of our clothing. It’s too much to talk about both subjects in one post so in this post we’ll talk about why a size tag doesn’t mean much. And it’s definitely not the marker we should use to value or devalue ourselves.
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Size Labels, Schmize Labels
Have you ever been professionally fitted for a bra? If you have then you’ve likely heard the bra-fitter say, “This is only a guide and it gives us a place to start.” She then proceeds to bring in bras in the sizes she thinks might work for you based on her knowledge about the way individual brands fit even though you measure a certain size based on a sizing equation.
The same goes for shoes. I already know that in certain shoe brands or even footwear styles I will need to go up or down by half or whole sizes. And you know what? I don’t freak about it.
I’ll admit it hurts more when the size is directly correlated to my
butt dress size. But listen, it’s something we have to get over. The size tag is only a guide or a starting point for finding your size range with the particular manufacturer. And, it’s TOTALLY dependent on the measurement scale used by the manufacturer and the cut of the garment.
Know Your Measurements
Once again I’m telling you to KNOW YOUR MEASUREMENTS! The size chart is not your enemy. It’s actually the real starting point in the search for your size for that manufacturer. And again, it’s only a GUIDE.
Read the REVIEWS
This entire post is kind of like a rerun of things I said in this post, but I can’t say it enough: REVIEWS are where you’ll find the best sizing information. However, reviewers (that’s us) need to give more detailed facts about their own size.
This is becoming one of my biggest pet peeves about fashion bloggers – “I’m wearing a size ?? for reference.”
What the junk does that mean to me? I’m only looking at a photograph of the person and she’s probably standing at her most flattering angle. And puh-leeze, telling us how much they weigh or how tall they are isn’t much better information.
So, in order to not peeve myself or you to pieces, I’m adding a “my current measurements” section to the Shop My Style page. It’s raw, real and possibly embarrassing, but this way, when I tell you what size I’m wearing, you’ll have a statistical point of reference to go by.
The Inspirational Spring Dress
I purchased this cute spring dress from Loft on a whim when I saw it on a poster while I was checking out. When I ran over to pick it up the biggest size available in-store was a large and to my surprise it fit. Typically at Loft, I’m an XL or larger and have also purchased from their plus-size line.
The cut of my dress is loose and almost a “swing” style. The armholes fit perfection too. They’re not too tight or too loose. It’s long enough that I’m able to belt it without it being too short.
Under it All
I’m wearing a newly acquired pair of Yummie smoothing shorts underneath the dress and they are a size 1X/2X. They serve a two-fold purpose of smoothing things out without major compression and they prevent thigh chafing. Can I get a high five for no chub-rub!
The point is, the size label doesn’t matter. Both pieces fit me well and are comfortable and flattering. And the jacket? (a TJ Maxx find by C&C California – similar) It’s an XL and the sleeves could be a tad looser for comfort.
Where I’d Wear It
I wore this to church while I was with my parents in Tennesse. The sky was really this blue that day. I’d also wear it out to eat or shopping if…
I Would Change
I’m already planning to switch out the espadrilles for white sneakers and add a denim jacket. Sandals would further summer-ize the dress and I might leave it unbelted for a breezy look. A chambray shirt tied at the waist would be cute too. Or get some serious mileage out of this dress by packing it for a summer getaway and use it as swimsuit coverup on as well as all these looks!
… who says clothing sizes are like golf where the low number wins?
Cut It Out or Cut It Out
I currently wear pants anywhere from a size 14 to a 20. I’ve tried on larger sizes that swallow me up and others I’m unable to pull up beyond my ample thighs. But a size label does not label me. A size label only labels CLOTHES! And anyway, who says clothing sizes are like golf where the low number wins?
To sum it all up: If we can’t stop freaking out about the size label cut it out with scissors. I’ve often said I wish all clothing was made by a tailor specifically for us with no size label in it. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the tag just had your name in it? The size label might say; “Judy” or “Betty” or “Vicki” and mean the piece fit your body perfectly.
Buy the outfit that fits YOUR BODY PERFECTLY, you’ll feel like a million bucks. And you will make it yours no matter what the tag says!
If this post helped you decide to throw body acceptance issues to the wind and buy a
bigger better size for your body or at least take a pair of scissors to the tag that is freaking you out, let me know in the comments below. Or share this post on social media!
Thanks for your support as always.
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