Earlier this week, Kristen Lamb wrote a blog post about the fashion industry’s unwillingness to believe that 90% of women are not, in fact, waif-thin teenagers.
Every woman I know has a story about the time she tried to buy clothes and wound up crying in frustration and despair. I am one of the luckier ones – except for a few years in grad school, when a combo of antidepressants, undiagnosed food allergies, and unhealthy lifestyle caused me to gain 30 pounds in 6 months, I’ve always been in the middle of the BMI. But I have a cross to bear too. Apparently, I have fat arms.
My arms don’t look very big, compared to the rest of me. But 80% of the shirts I try on have sleeves so tight, I either get seriously unattractive armpit bunching, or lose all circulation to my fingers. By the time I find a size with big enough sleeves, there’s enough room in the trunk for a much bigger me.
I am confused by this. Is it possible that fashion designers are unfamiliar with the concept of girly biceps? Have they never considered that, like men, women have arms capable of lifting small children, bags of groceries, and heavy welding equipment, often all at the same time?
This is just one of many questions I harbour about the fashion industry, and one of the many reasons I’ve never been “in style” in my life.
What about you? Do you dread shopping for new clothes, knowing nothing in the stores was designed for women who look like you? What confuses you about the fashion industry? Share your stories in the comments!