Saturday, January 14, 2012

Does Size Really Matter?

So, to look at Pauline wearing this clingy dress by Italian label "Save the Queen!" you would think she's probably a size small, or, maybe medium because of her height.  Then she showed me the size label in the back of the dress.   The size said "XL".  There is no way in anyone's world that this woman is an Extra Large.   Except apparently, in the world of that particular Italian label.  There have been lots of articles and blog posts written about the tyranny of sizing in women's clothing, so I'm not going to add another rant to the mix, but I will say that I have found that the only way I can shop is to pay less attention to the size on the label, and just find something that fits, whether that means I'm a size Small at The Gap,  a Large in a small boutique store, or a size 12 in a vintage 70's dress.  This also means that I am constantly aware that if women like Pauline and I have to go to a size Large to get something to fit, how do women who have more curves that we do find stylish clothing that fits?   Do you have a favourite store that carries cool clothes is real world sizes for women?

5 comments:

  1. In all fairness, I do have STQ dresses in size M...although this also proves....even in the same label, you have to disregard the size marked and try it on!

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  2. In all fairness, I do have STQ dresses in size M....however, this only proves that even in the same label you have to disregard the size and try it on!

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  3. That is a fabulous dress - and she rocks it!

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  4. Unfortunately most stores seem to cling to the idea that all women have mannequin body shapes. Perhaps it's time we boycotted the stores and went back to hand-sewing our own stuff....

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  5. If Pauline is interested in selling her Save the Queen dress, I would have interest in purchasing it. Thanks

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