“Will you ever find the perfect dress?”
Back in the past clothing was custom designed. Custom designed sounds like such a fancy term in modern society but to be honest, back in the past clothes were made to fit the wearer. It was not because of wealth and status, it was because that was the only set of clothing you will wear until you:
- get married
- reach puberty
- or strike RICH
Clothes used to be made at home by family members. And your family members would sew and knit these clothes to fit the person who will wear them. But as the society progresses, clothes become market products. Clothes are a mass production item.
We mass produce clothes for the people because there is a market. The market consumers at first were people who had money to buy designed clothes because people in the past would either buy cloth to make clothes or make their own materials for clothes. Such materials include using cotton, silk worms, animal hair/fur. But as society progresses, more and more people are able to buy clothes. What use to be a luxury is now as common as groceries. (Ofcourse, there are a range of prices and quality for certain clothing. So technically, clothes can still be a luxury.)
The problem that needs to be addressed with clothes is size. What is size? People of the same age may be expected to develop at similar rates, but because of genetics, these same people may develop differently. Some people will be taller. Some people will be wider. Some people will be thinner. And some people will be shorter.
The problem with clothing sizes is the fact that there are certain measurements we need to meet.
- For guys who buy shirts, the main focus is the shoulders. A guy may be thin but has wide shoulders. Since he is thin, he will fit a small. But because of his extra wide shoulders, he may need to go up a size or two. The shoulder length made this guy jump a T-shirt size.
- For girls who buy dresses, the main focus is…there is no one main focus. We must look into the bust, waist, and bum sizes. You may have a small waist but a big bust and medium bum. In this case, this girl needs to buy a large size dress despite the small waist because of the bust. Same goes for each separate focus.
We may be buying clothes at a different size because of certain parts of our body.
Depending on which clothing brand and what type of clothing, I range from a size of small to extra large. I can wear men’s T-shirts at size small or medium. I can wear women’s T-shirts at size medium or large. But when it comes to dresses, depending on how the dress is designed, I may need to wear an extra large dress. (Do you see the problem?)
I may be a size large on certain parts of the body. But I am a size small on other parts of the body. When I go up a size people will either judge me for being too big or tell me that I do not need to go up the size. But the problem is that I am going up the size to accommodate a certain part of my body. Due to a big waist, I may buy a dress that is very baggy for my bust and very wide for my bum. Yet, with a small waist, I may buy a dress that is too tight for my bust and bum. This is a problem!
To accommodate certain parts of your body, you will need to change your normal size of fashion. (Such that your body may mostly be one size but there is that one outlier that is noticeable enough to make you go up a size. Or if the outlier is smaller than the majority size of your body, you will experience less conflict when buying clothes.) But because these clothes are not custom designed, you will only be able to buy clothes that are similar to your size.
Why do we need to have a label for sizes? Why are the sizes in a range of small to big? Small people can buy and fit big size dresses and Big people can buy dresses that are size small. Although not everyone believes n this concept, it is true. Because of an overdeveloped location on your body, you will need to alter the size of your clothing.
What sucks about size alteration is that you are giving people a reason to judge you once you buy an item of a certain size. I am a large but when I buy an item of a size small, both shoppers and store owners will give me a look judging me that I will not fit in the small. For the larger sizes, people and store owners will judge you based on your weight and image. Such that they will think, “Wow, look at this person. She is fat. She needs a X-size!” (This is quite humiliating for the shopper. She can only control her body to a certain extent. And losing weight is not always the answer or always possible.)
But we often forget to consider that people go for larger sizes not because they are fat. They go for larger sizes because:
- a certain part of their body is well-developed such as a large bust but a small waist
- they want more loose space
- it is a good fit (you have to try clothes on to know if they are right for you, if they look good on you. At the end of the day, size is just like age, it is just a number.)
What I learned from a shopping experience today is that size does matter. But the fact there is a label on size, it is unfair. The label gives a negative connotation for people who do not fit the majority/norm sizes of the area population. Size should just be there for comfort. We need to know our own body sizes, not just small, medium, large. We need to measure our chest, waist, and bottom. Only then will we be able to find the right clothes for a good fit. Size labels should just be a reference to what sizes these clothes measure out to.
Thank you for reading! 🙂
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