No two clothing companies use the same size chart, which is seriously annoying. Company A considers one set of measurements to be a size 16, Company B considers that a 1X, and Company C thinks it’s 18/20. Or yanno, a lot higher than that. Makes it very confusing to shop, especially if you’re doing what I’m doing right now and shopping on Ebay where you can’t try on things before you buy them.
When I started on Noom back in January, I was wearing a 4X or 30/32 or sometimes 34 because I liked things to be loose and kind of baggy. Those clothes are long since packed up and taken to Hangers for Hope, a local thrift store in town. Yesterday I bought in an actual store a top that’s a 2X and two that are 1X, all of which fit.
My 3X shorts and skort fell off until I put darts in them to hold them up (or switched to 2X). But the 3XP skirt from Talbots which is made on a completely different scale of measurements is just now fitting me properly and I adore it. I want to wear it forever except I don’t want to be this size forever.
One closet now has Things I Can Actually Wear Now in a variety of sizes because they came from different places. The other closet has Things I Will Hopefully Wear Soon, also in a variety of sizes from a whole bunch of different places. Some of them I can actually wear if I have to, though they will look better in a little while.
But it boggles my mind to look at this really cute 14/16 top I bought on a major sale and realize that I can put it on my body now and not look like a sausage. I can’t remember the last time I wore that size, and was surprised when it arrived in the mail yesterday to realize that I can put it on now. I’m still fat, it’s not supposed to happen this fast.
As of yesterday, I’ve lost 55 lbs in the last 28 weeks, which averages out exactly at 2 lbs/week. Of course, I spent 2 months in there going up and down the same 3 lbs so it’s not that the loss has been steady. But I didn’t stop working the program and my body responded.
I just don’t know what size I really am. Does it matter? Probably not except to me. I want to have pretty clothes that make me feel pretty and I don’t know where to find them now. I’ve basically downsized myself out of the physical and online stores where I’ve shopped for the past 7 years. And as more move to online only shopping, I’m scrambling to figure out where I can go.
Hence shopping on Ebay and also Poshmark, which to my surprise is turning into a decent place to find clothes in excellent condition even if I’m not looking at the Louboutin shoes that the TV commercials feature. I think the mail carrier must hate me because I get so much stuff, some for now some for soon. I even ordered myself some of those round plastic disks that I can write on to divide up the clothes by size so I can figure out what’s already there. It’s not that it’s excessive, it’s just so confusing.
Don’t get me started on being a short person trying to find clothes that fit properly in a world that thinks petite sizing means chopping off some inches from the bottom. Uh, no.