Friday, March 21, 2008

women vs men - the clothing size debate

It's like the age-old debate of why hot dogs come in a package of 10 while the buns come in a package of 8 (my own personal opinion is that they expect you to either drop a few in the fire...or you have kids that like to eat w/out a bun).

But here's my question....why is it that men can go out & buy pants w/out having to try them on..and women have to use a dressing room? If you're a working wife..you'll know what I mean. You go out to buy clothes, you try on 5 pairs of pants...you might buy 1 that fits the way you like. Let's say you wear a size 8 or 10. Depending on the pants, you'll take a size 6, a size 8, a size 10 and even a size 12 into the dressing room...because who knows what size this "brand" of pants decided to conform to. BTW, when I said you took 5 pairs in with you - I didn't mean 1 pant in 4 to 5 sizes...I mean 5 different pairs of pants...possibly in many different sizes.

Now, switch gears...it's the men's turn to shop. They walk into a store. They pick up 2 to 3 pairs of pants...look them over. Walk to the register. It's no wonder they can shop faster than us..they don't have to try on clothes! AND...why is that you ask? It's because THEIR clothes are not sized with one number....their pants are sized w/ waist & length measurements! So as long as they know how round they are & how tall they are...they're set to go!

So how come women are forced to use Small/Medium/Large ...or a number to figure out what size they are? Why can't they just use the same measuring system as men (or something similar)?

Case in point...I'm a short but normal sized person (my butt is the same size 8 or 10 as someone that is tall and wears a size 8 or 10). So I know what you're thinking...buy a petite, right? Well, I'm NOT a petite. A petite does NOT mean short leggs - it means short legs & skinnier waist and smaller butt.

So, my question is...why can't women's pants be sold using a waist & length size...or even better yet, waist, butt & length for those of us w/ a little more junk in our trunk?

2 comments:

nursebrandy68 said...

dear random thoughts lane bryant has now created their just fit right jeans they are sized by blue fit red fit and yellow fit, when you walk into lane bryant someone will take your measurements and tell you what color fits your body type and the jeans come in 5 colors and capris love the concept now when i go to their store i go right to the color that fits me perfect and i dont have to try them on o i forgot to the come in straight leg, boot cut and flare sincerely i know how you felt till now

ShellyBlake said...

Thanks nursebrandy68 - I will have to check that out! I can't imagine how one color could match all my different shapes (hips, seam & length) but I like that they measure you! I will totally look into this!