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Old 07-27-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Ok I have a pet peeve. This happens on this forum and all over the place.

Someone, typically a woman, will seek advice or complain that she has trouble fitting a certain garment due to her body shape.

There is always a vocal minority that says the solution is to just lose weight. Then the fit problems will go away.

This is flawed for multiple reasons.
1. Some people's fit issues are due to proportional "problems." They have larger hips, thighs, backs, busts, arms, bellies or whatever else than the typical fit model. If they get smaller, the proportions will likely remain the same in most cases.
2. This logic essentially says, you do not deserve well-fitting clothing until you look a certain way (read this as conventionally attractive)
3. This makes the "goal" of weight loss completely removed from health and 100% appearance focused. This not only encourages people to resort to unhealthy ways to "look good," and assumes that people who "look good" are actually in good health which may or not be the case.

Really it is just silly. If clothing isn't fitting, it is the cut of the clothing not the cut of the person. The best solution is always to find something that is cut for someone with your proportions. If you do want to reshape yourself, go for it. But make sure your expectations are realistic and you are approaching it for the right reasons.


PS I know in my own situation, losing weight exacerbates the fit problems I have.


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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There's a reason tailored clothes are called tailored.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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There's a reason tailored clothes are called tailored.


A tailor is the easiest solution.


On an autocorrecting iDevice.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I bought clothing happily in the plus size department for many years. I took either 1X or 2X. I could almost always something that fit.

When I lost enough weight to wear Misses sizes, I found very little that was available anywhere. I could wear a few XLs, but they weren't always available, and larger sizes were almost never available in the designer lines. I still am in the XL size range, and I still have problems finding clothing. The problem is I have an older body, and clothing is almost always designed for a small waisted younger body. And there are fewer options in total for the misses size 16 or 18.

So, for me, losing weight did not help me in the wardrobe department.

However, it has helped my blood sugar. And I am able to do more exercise than before, because I have worked at it. My bad knee is better. There are other benefits. But in terms of finding clothing, it hasn't helped at all.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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It absolutely isn't the answer. I've seen short tiny girls lamenting that nothing fits and they're size 2. Not every one is 5 ft 7. I wear petite pants and at 5 ft 5, there's no way they should fit -- and they do... but a vast majority of clothing isn't made in petites.

In my family we have large busts to the point if you buy the right size knit top, it won't go to your waist, you will bare your midriff so you have to up a size and if need be alter the sleeve hem. I hate doing this. (3/4 length sleeves are WONDERFUL) And forget wearing a button up shirt -- if it's fits my bust line, the sleeves are way too long, the shoulders are hanging and a vast number of other fit issues are visible.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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It absolutely isn't the answer. I've seen short tiny girls lamenting that nothing fits and they're size 2. Not every one is 5 ft 7. I wear petite pants and at 5 ft 5, there's no way they should fit -- and they do... but a vast majority of clothing isn't made in petites.
I am 5'4 and petite pants are way too short for me. Plenty of regular pants are only ankle length on me.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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There's a reason tailored clothes are called tailored.
Word. The answer to fit problems is a quality tailor. Every. Single. Time.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I am 5'4 and petite pants are way too short for me. Plenty of regular pants are only ankle length on me.
I buy regular pants or long inseam pants and they turn into capri/ankle pants on me
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:19 PM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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Jade I'm glad you brought up this topic. I have awkward clothing fit issues like many women, which I have mentioned on other posts... Just too frustrating to get into now!

But even more frustrating is the "just lose weight and get in shape" response. For me, personally, I'm not getting any smaller intentionally, and if I do get smaller then something is really wrong. OK maybe the people posting their problems are overweight, but the people just want to look good in clothes as everyone else wants to. They have to start from where they are now, not where they should be or would like to be.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Jade I'm glad you brought up this topic. I have awkward clothing fit issues like many women, which I have mentioned on other posts... Just too frustrating to get into now!

But even more frustrating is the "just lose weight and get in shape" response. For me, personally, I'm not getting any smaller intentionally, and if I do get smaller then something is really wrong. OK maybe the people posting their problems are overweight, but the people just want to look good in clothes as everyone else wants to. They have to start from where they are now, not where they should be or would like to be.
The problem for many of us is that clothes as designed and manufactured don't fit our bodies.
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