Though there are likely more than 12, I am guessing that the number one bad fit is some sort of trouser. It gathers unflatteringly at the crotch and produces a muffin-ish roll at the waist. It’s too long or a tiny bit too short depending on the female in question’s inseam because in America it’s 30″, 32″ or 34″. Period. With 31″ being the inexplicable default when manufacturers’ feel that catering to girth is duty enough.
What strikes me as amazing is that pouring ourselves into pants that obviously don’t fit has been in vogue for so long that women, more or less, can’t tell when they are wearing the wrong size.
Take muffining for example. Most young women spill over the waistband. Even those who are thin – by real life standards or Hollywood ones – feel that unless they are being squeezed up and over the top of their pants – they must be too big.
What a fantastic bit of salesmanship! Fashionista Americana must still glow pridefully for pulling off that neat trick.
A recent U.K. study* revealed that women, generally, have at least 12 outfits in their closets that don’t fit them at all. Too big. Or, more likely, too small. And the decades old nonsense of buying something too small to encourage yourself to lose weight or get in shape is still one of the culprits behind this unsurprising revelation.
When I posted a link to the article on my Facebook feed, my sis, DNOS, replied that she probably had more outfits than that. Her husband is forever imploring her to thin the unwearable herd. If I lived closer, I’d offer to help. Some of the flock is mine. Things I grew weary of or decided didn’t suit me. I bet that a good portion of my college days wardrobe is currently huddled together in my sister’s closet, discussing their days of yore – when someone actually wore them.
My youngest sister still wears a couple of my old pre-Dee pair of jeans I gave her during one of her many cash-strapped periods. Whereas DNOS will accept much of what I offer (though she considers my style and colour preferences fuddy-duddy), BabySis – a beggar if ever there was one – is choosy as hell. The only items she’s ever accepted were jeans and sweatshirts.
I pruned my own closet again mid-summer in anticipation of a garage sale that will have to wait until spring now. As I glanced through the closet the other day, I realized that Rob takes up most of the space. I would be hard put to find 12 ill-fitting outfits, but I could probably rid myself of four or five that I don’t truly love anymore.
True love is my criteria for keeping or purchasing clothing.
Which brings me to a list of sad statistics about women that this study also (re)discovered:
- most women own at least three different sizes of clothing to accommodate their yo-yo dieting
- Just 2% of women were happy with their looks
- Most women think they are “frumpy”
- 1 in 10 women thinks she is fat
I accidentally discovered I’d gained a bit of weight and am farther over my “happy weight** than I have been in a long while. The interesting thing is that I didn’t have much of a reaction. I happen to think that I look pretty good at the moment. The yoga I am doing has added a bit of muscle – which accounts for some of the weight – but it’s also changed how I “fill out” so-to-speak. First time in my life that the number on a scale hasn’t sent me into a dieting free-fall. It was kind of nice.
It is nice.
I am whittling down my fabric possessions. It doesn’t have much to do with ill-fit. Much of what I sell or donate doesn’t fit my life-style anymore and what I can’t garage-sale, I have to pitch because it’s simply worn out. I have so few pieces of clothing that I am actually wearing them out – like I did when I was a kid.
*Boggles me a bit what people get paid to study.
- Average UK Woman Owns 12 Items of Clothing That Don’t Fit, Study Says (stylelist.com)
- One Size Fits None (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- how to wear: 15 items, 20+ outfits – part 2 (wardrobe911.com)