Drop a dress size – what exactly does this mean?
A recent shopping trip got me thinking about this when I was in Marks and Spencer and noticed they were selling a dress with inbuilt shape wear which purports to help you look like you have dropped a dress size. I thought why not just make the dress flattering to everyone instead of making women feel like they should be a certain shape or look?
This kind of thing for women can make or break a shopping trip, it is so easy to become dismayed and think “my body does not conform” when you can’t fit into something that is your usual size.
But seriously, what are we trying to conform to? What the media and magazines tell us? Images that we are exposed to day after day of thin women looking happy? But in reality how many of these women are really happy? We usually find out in the end that they struggled with their weight, barely eating or being addicted to diet pills from being constantly under pressure to be thin or regain their pre-pregnancy body shape!!!
From the 1st of January when all the frivolities of the Christmas season are over we are bombarded with diet this diet the other, drop a dress size this, fit back into your jeans that…. the pressure on women to conform is immense and unfortunately this is passed on to younger generations, with recent reports of girls as young as 7 being obsessed with diet and exercise, what is going wrong with the world???
So, here is my advice for your next shopping trip, I know it won’t be easy but try this...don’t obsess about being a particular size “oh I’m a size 14, that is all I will buy”, instead aim to wear clothes that suit you, are stylish and sit well on your body, even if that does mean you have a wardrobe full of clothes ranging from a 10 to a 16...which is entirely possible!!
Always remember that these sizes are only a guide and can be a different size in each shop. There is no consistency in sizes not even within the one shop – I recently went into Pennys (Primark) to buy some trousers…. I tried on a few pairs including some skinny jeans, I bought two pairs of the same skinny jeans just in different colours, one was a size 12 and the other was a size 14 – the size 12 in one colour didn’t go near me, the other colour fit perfectly!!! I also bought two pairs of trousers again one was a 12 and one was a 14, and this was in the same shop!!
We all know we can be different sizes in different shops and usually know which ones to avoid. For me its Zara, I can never get anything to fit me properly, it appears when you have boobs this is not the shop to visit!!!
So the next time you go shopping, don’t think “I must buy a size whatever” think “wow this looks good on me and really suits me” and maybe just maybe we can begin to dispel the myth that we should be a certain size!!
Posted by Brenda Oman. Posted In : Dressing for your Shape