Rant about clothes

Why is it that clothes manufacturers can’t get their act together enough to make sizes consistent? I used to know what size I wore but not any more. I hate trying on clothes. I used to be able to look at a piece of clothing, check the size, and buy it if I liked it and it was my size. What happened?

I know my body has changed and nothing fits quite right any more. But please, why aren’t the sizes consistent?? And what’s up with the petite sizes?? They are supposed to be for women 5’4″ and under; well, I’m 5’2″ and some of the petite pants are a good 4″ too long. I can buy my size in one style, but the same size in a different style from the same manufacturer doesn’t fit.

And while we’re on the subject of clothes, how come the clothes I want to shrink a little won’t, and the ones I don’t want to shrink, do?

And don’t get me started on ‘low-rise’ pants. Who wants to see my skin? I don’t even want to see it, so let’s go back to having pants that fit at the waist, not 4″ lower than that! Do you know how hard it is to find pants that sit at the waist? Unless they’re elastic waist of course, with strings to tighten!

American women like to look good, don’t we? How do we get the manufacturers to listen to us older women who want to look good but don’t want to look like we’re trying to look 20?

And let’s not even talk about bras! Underwires that by the end of the day feel like they’re cutting off circulation; styles that don’t support those of us who need some help in that department, full-coverage bras that don’t, straps that either slip down the arm or dig into the shoulders. I think the places that say come in for a free fitting just want you to keep coming back to buy more bras because the ones they sold you don’t fit! And the same issue with sizes works with bras – they are not consistent!

And I discovered it’s not just me. Here’s a couple of links I found:

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