Thursday, March 21, 2013
The denim skirt should have been a wakeup call.
When the scale doesn't change, I forget to check my clothes. I forget that I can lose inches without losing pounds.
So now I am wearing a brand new pair of pants with a belt because the last time I tried them on, I could get them done up but they were still kind of tight in the wrong places. (In other words, not something a self-respecting 40-something woman would dare to wear -- though I clearly remember girls in high school who had no such qualms.)
Because I have been watching the scale and not thinking about my measurements, it was not until my favourite size 10 bootcut jeans started getting baggy around the hips and thighs that it even occurred to me that I should try those other jeans on again.
Oops! Too late. Now I am using a belt to keep them up so I can wear them at least a couple of times before consigning them to the "too big" pile along with the size 10 bootcuts. (I have now picked up some identical bootcut jeans in size 8, since the store had them on clearance. I like it when I can buy jeans for 75% off.)
I've blogged before about sizing weirdness. I noticed it a little when I was still in plus sizes, but because there were so few stores to choose from, it seemed like there was less variation. Now I have no real idea what size I am.
I do know that plus sizes do not fit me, and neither does anything XL (even Youth XL is too big!)
Usually, size L is too big, except for some tight-fitting tops that need to be size L to accommodate my double-Ds.
I am generally safe with size M, but it depends on where the clothes are manufactured. If Asia is the source of the clothing, sometimes the armholes are too small, or they assume that the person wearing it will be flat-chested, or have no hips or stomach.
North American manufacturers are usually more generous with their sizing, and I am finding more and more often that I am a size S with their clothing.
I have yet to make it to size XS in anything, but one day I will.
I am just so happy to be (almost) a size 8, when I started this journey as a reluctant size 20.