Vanity Sizing has Nothing to Do with Your Bathroom

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A long overdue chat with a friend on the phone the other day began with her requesting a blog post about vanity sizing. To this I replied, “Are you remodeling your bathroom?” She very kindly said, “No silly. I mean CLOTHING.”



Not sure where my head was, but I can assure you that Jessica Simpson and I do NOT share the same bloodline. Thank you, Miss Sara for understanding my confusion and YES I do have an opinion on the matter. Here goes…

The average woman in the US wears a size 14…give or take a few? See, you can walk into a store looking for a sassy-size-10 and leave with a tear-soaked-tissue and a 14 OR a new-lease-on-life-size-8. It’s the luck of the designer’s cut mixed with yesterday’s sodium intake.

We are all different shapes and sizes and so are clothing designers’ forms. Some cut their styles on the smaller, more narrow, less curvy forms and some cut more roomy for added comfort, movement . . . or maybe because who wouldn’t want a closet full of sixes for an awesome ego boost? Of course women might naturally gravitate to a store or designer that makes them feel oh-so svelte. Very sneaky designers, verrrry sneaky.

I’m not going to try and change your feminine minds about numbers. Let’s face it. They matter to all of us. Say they don’t – but they do.  But if you focus too much on the tag you may loose sight of what looks best on you – meaning your awesome personal style and not the tag hiding behind your back. Try this way of thinking:

  • Buy it because you love it and it makes you feel amazing when you wear it.
  • Buy it because it’s the perfect color, style and price.
  • Buy it because you stepped out of your comfort zone and LOVE the result.
  • Look at the size as a way finding the best range of fit. Your tags are on the INSIDE of your clothes. Who cares?
  • OK, if you do care and it’s the number you weren’t hoping to see, then cut the damn thing out. POOF – You now wear size: nothing

Never get it just because it’s the size you always dreamt you’d be! It’s magically saying 4 but deep down inside you know your arse is still an 8. I used to drink that kool-aid, but now I know that I wear a size or two down in Loft and a size or two UP in Zara. It all evens out in the end. I’d much rather walk around in a fab ensemble that looks and feels amazing than to have that brief moment of exhilaration that the “0” fits but it’s not exactly what you were looking for. Hey, if you do score it all – AWESOME!

It’s such a nice gesture for designers to try and make us feel better about our bodies and their designs. We all could use a feel good moment now and then, but  just as you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, you can’t judge a woman by the number on her bum (or her being confused by the word: VANITY.)

It’s totally cool to celebrate a smaller size. Just don’t beat yourself up when your next pair of pants isn’t. Any other stores or brands that you love cuz they give you an ego boost or you never EVER shop cuz their sizing makes you feel like a swine? Go ‘head and share . . . 

One Response to “Vanity Sizing has Nothing to Do with Your Bathroom”

  1. Sara February 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

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    Love it! So true. 😉

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