As many of you probably realise by now I am not a fashion blogger, however, this does not mean I love clothes any less. I was very intrigued when I stumbled across THIS article regarding uniform sizing in Australia and the fact it was a too hard basket and supposedly pointless exercise.
What intrigued me most was not that Australia and it’s fashion industry refuse to make this happen or that sadly yet unsurprisingly Australian’s don’t see fashion as being a “high growth economic industry” but it was the fact that there a women who buy clothing that doesn’t fit based on the number on the label.
Are you serious ladies?
Having packed on a bit of weight since my late teenager years I quickly learned the best way to fake still been skinny was to stop wearing clothing that was too tight and to only focus on building a wardrobe of items that FIT. By fit it meant that it didn’t matter if the dress said 14 (to fit over my large bosoms) or a pair of jeans that say size 10 but totally would have been too big five years ago.
For someone who desperately wants to lose weight to get back to a healthy weight range I can completely understand the pain that vanity causes us to feel when we have to go for the larger size on the rack. But if that larger size means that we won’t have a muffin top then shouldn’t that be enough?
Body confidence is a major issue with women of all sizes but it does shock me to realise that women are buying smaller sizes for the tag not for their body.
Having started a 6 week sewing class last week – more on that to come – I have realised the benefits of clothes matching your actual size measurements not the size you wish you were. Custom made clothing is surprisingly easier to master than people think, provided you have a sewing machine and money for material and patterns but once you have mastered it, it can only mean good things – especially for the vain among us.
Making your own clothes will mean that you decide what label goes onto your clothing. Or better still just cut out the tag when you get home from the store – that works too!
In all honesty I think that people are still thinking of themselves and their weight in complete black and white. Everything seems to focus on skinny versus fat rather than focusing on healthy versus unhealthy. So ladies let’s change the focus en masse and let it be about our hearts and our health not a size.