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One Size Fits Nobody

A friend of mine posted a video the other day called 'One Size Fits All?', and it showed a variety of different sized women all trying on several different clothing items that were labeled one-size-fits-all. I knew just from seeing the title that it might turn out to be false, but I also know from all my time spent living how FALSE that term is.

I am 5'1 and let's just say double digit weight. My favorite terms lately for this are 'concentrated awesome' and 'fun size'. I am not a 'little person' and I'm not a 'kid' and petites clothes look like they are made for clowns, some of them. Meanwhile, I have a few girl friends who are nearly 6 feet tall. I have other friends who are short like me, but not 'small', and I have some very tall friends who wear almost the same size I do in dresses. We often have to alter clothing though, because it's too long, or too short, or something is just not in the right spot.

Enter the one size fits all items. In the video, there's a shirt or two a skirt, a jacket, and a dress, something like that. There's at least two average sized women, probably about 5'5-5'6, 126-160 lbs, at least one 5'10, 112 lbs, one 5'11, 170 lbs, one 5'2, 200 lbs, and one 5'0, 100 lbs. Every size is represented, from 22 down to 0. It is just mind blowing to see what that item on the hanger looks like on this variety of women. All I can say is that one size fits almost nobody. Sometimes the item was too long or too short - WAY too much, with the skirt, some of the women couldn't even get it over their hips or button it. I remember one girl was able to get it on ONE of her legs, while the tiny girl zipped and buttoned it, and it almost fell all the way down to the floor.

I wonder whose idea this one-size thing was anyway. Was it an effort to try and fit the most numbers of people with something for the least amount of customizing, ie sizing?

I'll even go further to complain about race shirts, since that's something I own a lot of. When you sign up for an event, that's when you choose your size. The problem is that you don't always know if the shirts are men or women sized, or unisex. Mens and womens sizes are DIFFERENT, the torsos are cut different - womens shirts are usually narrower, and sometimes the womens shirts have vnecks. I cannot COUNT the number of times I have marked SMALL for my shirt and end up going to the race or expo and the shirt they give me is a unisex shirt or a mens shirt. Even if it's small, it usually looks huge and I drown in it. There have also been times when friends of mine have ordered a large shirt, because they have previously ordered large shirts, and they put on the shirt - with the L tag - and it fits like a small. So so frustrating!

Do you have any one-size-fits-all clothing? What do you think of it, and did you have to alter it to make it fit?

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beachchair wrote on January 7, 2015, 7:09 PM

I was in Bermuda surrounded by a bunch of large black beautiful women. I am not a small woman but they were much larger than me. We were joking and one woman said "Honey...we're not big we's fluffy." Said in a southern accent. Ever since then I think of my self as fluffy! Beauty comes in all sizes!

Louemham wrote on January 7, 2015, 7:13 PM

I have a few one size fits all scarves and gloves. But I do not believe that clothing fits all body shapes, it is absolutely impossible.

bestwriter wrote on January 7, 2015, 8:04 PM

If something that is supported by elastic probably that could come under 'one size fits all' (lol)

MelissaE wrote on January 7, 2015, 9:09 PM

I'm not sure that I even know what kind of clothes those are. I can't begin to imagine something that proposes to fit all.

rana199426 wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:01 AM

I don't know, I think it depends on the kind of the clothes and from what they're made..

ElfenLied21 wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:14 AM

I recently brought some one size fits all thermals. I must say they fit me very well although they are a bit long in the legs, I am 5 feet 2 inches. However, I don't like they could fit anyone who is above 130 lbs because they were rather snug on me and I weight 10 pounds less. Overall though, I don't think clothes can fit one size unless they had an elastic band that really stretches out.

TheLambLiesDown wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:59 AM

The sumo outfit company I work for labels our product as 'one size fits most'

LilyDay wrote on January 8, 2015, 3:11 AM

"One Size Fits All" pretty sizing generally means that it will be much too large for me. With very few exceptions, I avoid clothing with such (lack of) sizing.

BarbRad wrote on January 8, 2015, 4:53 AM

I agree with you. But sized clothes can't be depended upon either. That shirt I'm wearing is a gift. It's marked extra large. It fit's like a small on me, and I don't dare wear it in public because it's skin tight.

Vivenda wrote on January 8, 2015, 6:24 AM

Whatever it claims, I always have to try it to see if it fits. Mind you, this applies to clothes with sizes on them, too! I'm just under 5ft 3in, but should be taller, because my body is long and my legs are short and, shall we say, well-muscled!

Redrose1 wrote on January 8, 2015, 11:36 AM

I never thought about this, but it would be true not every one would fit in this.

iRun wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:43 PM

I like the term fluffy lol. What I've learned is that as long as someone is happy with themselves, that's all that matters.

iRun wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:44 PM

Right? Socks and scarves and gloves is about it. Sometimes I can do something that is stretchy as a one size fits all, or a sleep shirt lol.

iRun wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:46 PM

But... it might not look right on everybody *raised eyebrow*. I have seen some people wearing much too large as well as much too small, and they have a distorted view, they are NOT seeing what I'm seeing.

iRun wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:47 PM

That's what was so funny watching a very short girl try on something, and then a very tall girl. The height diff between the shortest and tallest was almost a foot, that's a 12 inch difference. I guess if you like your clothing a little short or a little long it would work!

iRun wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:48 PM

MOST!!! I think that is much more descriptive than ALL! Is that like 'you can please SOME of the people ALL of the time, and ALL of the people SOME of the time, but you cannot please ALL of the people ALL of the time? Screw it, how about pleasing yourself? lol'

iRun wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:50 PM

I always have to try on clothes - and they sometimes don't look as good on me as they do on the hanger.

soupdragon wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:10 PM

I try to avoid the 'one size fits all' clothing as I like clothes that are tailored to whatever type of figure you have.

AliCanary wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:01 AM

Interestingly enough, I have never tried on a "one size fits all" item that didn't fit. I guess I am that person.

thisnthat wrote on February 27, 2015, 3:25 PM

They have even changed the verbiage on some of these items to "one size fits most." I like yours better, "one size fits almost no one." haha Good article. I don't even bother with one size stuff any more, and even actual sizes are quite frustrating sometimes like you said. I've picked up a "large" shirt and thought, yeah, in what universe? I've picked up smalls that would look like a tent on my daughter. Medium is just up for grabs. No telling what you'll get. I try to go by measurements instead of sizes now and usually have to try everything on.

Last Edited: February 27, 2015, 3:26 PM