i just went to old navy to take advantage of their $15 jean sale (only for today) and decided to take some time in the fitting room. i knew i needed a smaller size since i’ve been belting up my size 10 (also from old navy) for awhile now.
so i figured, “size 8… that’s what i’m looking for.”
i picked up two different types of leg opening – skinny and boot cut. both size 8.
i walked out to the mirrors where doug and chaeli were waiting for me. doug asked, “so how are they?”
looking in the mirrors, i frowned as a replied, “i don’t know. they’re comfortable. but awfully baggy around the hips/thighs. and i can definitely pull the waistband away from my stomach that it may be too loose.”
“so go and get a size smaller and see.”
size 6, this time. i came back out and modelled the smaller size for both to see. i asked, “so? how do they look?”
chaeli responded quickly, “they still look baggy.”
“what? how can that be! i’m a size 9/10 for other brands. i know old navy label their sizes smaller than the rest of the fashion world, but this is ridiculous! i’m not a size 6. i’m not even a size 8! and for cryin’ out loud, i’m SO not a size 4!”
well, i didn’t bother trying on a size 4. i do like my jeans on the more confortable size so i stuck with THEIR size 6. it’s still a bit loose but at least won’t fall off with just a tug (unlike the ones i currently own in my closet).
the thing is, i think it’s sad. that they have to lie to us women who shouldn’t be lied to about their size. what we should be told is that we’re okay the size that we are. that the size of our pants should not define who we are and that no two bodies will be the same so there is no ideal size.
i have the same issue with many scales at a few goodlife fitness centres i’ve been to. i can weigh anywhere from 5-10 lbs LESS than i know i weigh (i trust the scale at my doctor’s and at my dieticians – they have no need to lie and calibrate their scales regularly).
we don’t need to be lied to – in the end, that’s not doing us a favour. but more awareness on REAL body image is definitely a must!
thank god one company out there understands the importance of this.