Monday, April 09, 2012

Does Size Matter?

Perhaps after almost five years of blogging, it’s time to let you in on a secret.  While my blog posts (being rather light in terms of subject matter) might lead you to believe otherwise, I am not an airhead.  I read the morning paper, watch the news and listen to TedTalks.  I follow world events – Syria, Iran (uranium stockpiling), the Kony matter, our F-35 jets fiasco, the U.S. Republican primaries, my own government’s right wing agenda, the ups and downs of the stock market & the world economy, various social and medical issues and on and on and on…  However, I choose not to write about these things.  It’s enough that I read, think and worry about them.  My blog is reserved for lighter fare.

So, here’s yet another airhead post from an otherwise bright & informed individual – but one who would prefer you did not ask her for detailed explanations re: the above matters.

Had to buy a new bathing suit for my pool exercise class or risk literally coming apart at the seam – the rear one.  Not a pleasant visual.  Chlorine does quite a number on material.

I had success – in part.  After the dreaded fitting room part of the process, I bought two bathing suits - one a size 10 and the other a SIZE 16!!!  WTH??!!  (Yes, I checked the tag, numerous times.  If it weren’t for the size 10, I might have wept.)

I also needed some plain white and black 100% cotton t-shirts – impossible to find in the Women’s Dept.  Only t-shirts with cotton AND spandex were offered.  If I wanted to crush and flatten my upper torso, I’d buy Spanx.  (No, I wouldn’t…not ever.)  Headed to the Men’s Dept.  Yes, I found 100% cotton t-shirts but Men’s Small went to my thighs.  I was in a bit of a snit at this point, but had a “eureka” moment.  Try the Boy’s Department! 

Success.  Bought two packs (one white, one black, three per pack) of Boys’ Extra Large t-shirts.

In summary - I wear anything from Boys’ X-L to Women’s size 16.

So, in answer to the question, “Does size matter?”  Apparently not - and certainly not when it comes to clothing and my body.

Part-time airhead – over and out…

photo credits: google images


Sherry said...

ROFL!!! Loved this you air head you. I'm puzzling over the size 16 -- you are in no way a 16 but somewhere along the way something has been incorrectly sized! Shopping in the boys department for your ts? Yep, I can see that for you.

I love the lighter fare you serve up here my friend. And I do know how incredibly intelligent and up to the minute you are. It takes great intelligence to write with humour!! xo

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

What a timely post! I just bought two bathing suits online. Yeah, I know, call me crazy. But shipping is free as is return shipping. I'm going out on a limb. I think sizing is a crank job, I wouldn't worry about the size 16. And I buy boys/mens stuff too! Not usually the underwear, but other things as I find them often better made and cheaper.

Psychgrad said...

I don't judge people's intelligence based on them having lighter blog content...I blog about food, so who am I to judge? I actually don't really relate to people with dense blog content. Just seems like a lot of effort to expend in your spare time.

Gorilla Bananas said...

It's funny how clothes come sizes but not shapes. People don't all have the same shape, do they? I suppose you must have an extra-large boyish shape!

Beth said...

So, when we next meet, it’s time for one of our heavy, intellectual discourses – no laughing allowed. Okay? ;)

The Bodhi Chicklet:
“Boys/men’s stuff” - and without the pink frilly ribbons, flowers & cutesy animals...
I once bought a bathing suit online – measured and was sure – didn’t fit. Good luck!

As well as harbouring a bit of envy for those whose blog content is “dense” (or at least denser than mine) I also envy your talent and love of cooking!

Jaya J said...

i never once even thought of you as an air head, Beth.
:) i wouldnt want to read more politics and the sorts. i like your lighter posts.

i sort of agree with Gorilla Bananas on how clothes dont come in shapes. i was shopping with a friend in Doha a few days ago, and she walked into all these shops that only catered for skinny tall women. their sizes look funny on me as i'm short and curvy. that shopping trip was depressing.

oreneta said...

The sizing I find a little more consistent over here....especially shoes which I also find quite random in NA.....I try not to think of the sizing thing, it is so utterly weird. Is there no kind of industry standard?
And I never thought you were an airhead. just sayin.

nursemyra said...

I'm fairly slender and usually wear size 8 Australian clothes (I think that's a 4 or a 6 in the USA). But I nearly always buy medium or large sizes in underwear and bathing suits because that's what fits me. I wish sizing was universal, it's so confusing.

Beth said...

Well, that’s one way of looking at it – or at me – but not one I’m too keen on!

Jaya J:
Don’t let clothes shopping depress you – frustration, confusion and anger are okay though. ;)

Reassuring that you don’t consider me an airhead – especially since you’ve met me. ;)

Sizing is definitely confusing – that plus a limit to the # of items in the fitting room = a frustrating, time consuming process.

Cid said...

As long as you don't start acting like an XL Boy you'll be fine, as you well know.

Beth said...

Your comment reminds me – I used to be called a tomboy as a kid & I miss being able to “borrow” the boys’ clothes! said...

Not for a minute have I thought of you as an airhead. I appreciate your sparing your readers of those topics that I know nothing about; I'm an airhead in terms of world politics and many other arenas. And I can relate, not to being able to wear boys' clothes - I'm way too big bosomed. But I buy kids' shoes and occasionally, pants. It's kind of fun and easier on the budget.


Lainey-Paney said...

It used to be that I loved things with spandex.
Now---I like a little lycra or spandex in my jeans, but that's about it.
The older (and heavier) I get, the less I want (or NEED) anything THAT close to my skin.

...and my Spanx adventure. Girl---I damn near died trying to put on my Spanx "unitard." I literally fell, hitting my head on a jewelry box, and was afraid that I'd be found---down---half Spanx'd on my bathroom floor. I willed myself up like a damn ninja when I heard the door open and Hubby heading into the bedroom!

...good times.

Beth said...

Neither of us are airheads, we buy children’s clothing, laugh at on-line dating sites and LOVE chocolate, etc., etc. Kindred spirits… :)

You provided me with an early Wednesday morning laugh with your Spanx adventure… Thank you. :)

Cipriano said...

Once in Walmart, I wanted a set of these really old school pajamas, and I tore open the package to see the sizes. The Large size bottom part was fine, but the top part went down to my knees. So I tore open another package [medium] and took the shirt from that one and stuffed it in with the large bottoms. And stuffed the Large shirt back in the medium package and put it back on the shelf.
Don't tell anyone!
It's WALMART -- as if they care?

laughingwolf said...

who gives a damn about size? if it fits, i wear it...

of course, quality is all - so-called 'brand names' mean squat, i've had offbrands last longer - seems once they have a 'name', quality goes down the drain...

Beth said...

Your secret is safe with me – and the World Wide Web!
(I’ve done the package switch, too…)

“…if it fits, i wear it…”
And judging from some of my outfits, I don’t give “a damn” about fashion, either. :)

laughingwolf said...

you're right, my 'followers' group has links back to them... BUT, i had so many links on pals+ NOT related to pals, or even people! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

had a friend find the list, so i have it stored in my email... IF google deigned to tell me HOW to start a new pals+ 'element', i would undertake the tedious job of transferring everything on it, one at a time... might take a month or three, but eventually all would be back... as it is, there is no indication i could find on HOW to put a new 'element' on the sidebar GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Barrie said...

You've just reminded me that I'll need a new bathing suit this year. Ugh. I love your posts.

Beth said...

The annual horror/challenge.
And if you can stretch it (so to speak) – the semi-annual horror. ;)