Now before I go into my rant, I want to make one thing clear: I know I’ve gained weight. I’m a woman in my forties whose favorite food is Italian and who considers dessert one of the food groups. That’s why I wanted to sort through my wardrobe and the reason I recently purchased clothing a size up from what I purchased last year. I’m petite, slightly chubby, and I own it.
Okay, here’s my rant. I have three pairs of jeans that are the exact brand and cut in three consecutive sizes that I purchased three consecutive years with the largest size being purchased this past Friday. All three pairs fit. Their waistbands measure the same. If stacked on top of each other, they appear to be the same size.
As a mature adult, I realize that, although I have gained weight, the issue here is not me; it’s the jean manufacturer. For whatever reason, manufacturers are slapping larger sizes on clothing that would have been a smaller size three years ago. I understand this now, but had this happened twenty-four years ago? It would have sent me into a spiral of excessive exercising, starvation, and depression. And this is what young ladies face today.
I am purposefully not mentioning the brand of the jeans, and I will not take photos to reserve anonymity because this company is not the only one with this issue. So, what can we do to affect change? We could boycott companies, write letters to human resource departments, speak out on social media, etc., and after a while with enough voices, these measures might just work. But, there’s something we can do that will work immediately. We can encourage each other.
Are you enjoying the food that sustains you, keeping an active lifestyle, and living your best life? Then refuse to let a number define you. If you are comfortable in your skin, then don’t worry about the number on the scales or the number on your clothing. If we, as individuals, truly believe and accept this and share it constantly with each other, it won’t matter what trend clothing manufacturers decide to follow.
Eleanor Roosevelt said it best, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” That includes nothing as well as no one. So, clothing and scales, I do not give my consent! And I truly hope as you are reading this that you will join me in this mindset.
Until the next post . . . keep smiling!