This week I received 2 packages that I’d bought from the US. I never know how long they’re going to take so it’s always exciting when they turn up.
One of the packages was from tshirt site Teefury where I bought my first ever Buffy shirt and a Doctor Who/Harry Potter mashup. I patiently waited for them to arrive, it took about 3 weeks. I ripped open the packaging pretty much as soon as I got through the door after work and tried them on and.. they were too small. Like, cutting off the circulation from my arms too small. Meanwhile, the previous order I made they fit just as expected. It’s so frustrating to buy the same size clothes from the same place and have them fit differently.
The second package was my Splendies subscription box, I’m going to write more of these in another post, which comes with 3 pairs of underwear. As I was ordering from the US I wasn’t sure of my size. I did a size comparison lookup and ordered the suggested size. One of the three pairs fits which is a bit disappointing but where these are concerned it’s to do with brand rather than inconsistency with size from Splendies themselves. As this was also my first box from Splendies I didn’t expect everything just to fit perfectly. Although, it was disappointing to find I’d paid for something I couldn’t yet wear – I’m working on losing weight at the moment so hopefully they can become future underwear.
I had another example today where I tried on a coat in a size up from my normal size because I find that coats seems to be a bit more restrictive than normal shirts but nope, not this time. It went down to my knees and hung over the ends of my fingers. I had to try on my normal size as well which fit fine, if a bit snug in the boob area – don’t get me started on clothes that fit fine everywhere except the boobs.
I don’t understand why these things happen! It’s so frustrating to go into a store and see a few things you like and have to choose 2 to 3 different sizes to try on and hope you don’t waste your time with a bunch of clothes that don’t fit. This is especially true for things like bras and jeans.. For me, I mostly buy those at Target now. Their sizing (for jeans and bras anyway) appears to be fairly consistent and generally if I get my size they will fit. That being said, with their shirts I can range from a size 14AU – 20AU depending on the style!
I’ve never understood why, especially now that buying clothes from many different suppliers and countries is so common, there isn’t just one size standard. Men’s sizing is done based on inches or centimetres, why can’t women’s clothes be the same? Who cares about vanity sizing or feeling like you’re smaller than you are because the label says so. Maybe we should focus on ease of buying clothes rather than a number that no one sees or cares about.