Reader and friend Yas sent me this hilarious blog post, “Vanity Sizing,” via The Lawsons did Dallas, and I just HAD to share it with all of you. Enjoy it 🙂
Let me preface this post about vanity sizing by saying even at my leanest I couldn’t wear a 6 at Banana in pants (just skirts/dresses) … so while I found this article funny and sassy and deliciously fun to read, I don’t know how accurate/inaccurate the sizing is at any store anymore.
Today, I just buy what fits my body in the here and now. But, as you know, it took me a looooong time to get to that place, and it’s still a struggle sometimes.
All this talk about the “perfect size-6” got me thinking … my first realization that a size 6 was “perfect” came from the Sweet Valley High series — twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield were always described as blond-haired, blue-eyed, California girls with, (and I’m quoting verbatim) “perfect size-6 figures.”
(Of course, this was before size 0 existed — which still makes no sense to me how someone can be “nothing” — … so maybe now the twins would be size 2s?! Yikes. I don’t envy teens today … or their moms!)
No wonder I had it in my head that I needed to be a size 6! … And no wonder why I cried tears of joy in the dressing room the first time a 6 slipped on … in my mind, that meant I had achieved “perfection.”
How crazy and delusional is that?! (Especially given that my 6 would have been a 10 just a few years prior!)
Vanity sizing is a whole bunch of hooey … but even knowing it, so many of us still fall for it.
How about you? What are your thoughts on vanity sizing? Does it bother you, or do you just not care?