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?