Size Matters

Men have a distinct fashion advantage when it comes to clothing sizes. Pants are normally sized by waist and inseam in inches and that’s pretty clear. If you have a 36″ waist and a 30″ inseam you know those pants will fit. Women’s sizes are so arbitrary. Some places I’m a 14, others a 12, and there’s no clear rationale to the sizing. Why can’t it be as simple as inches? No guessing games, no deciphering sizing charts, no drama!

Another issue is the psychological trauma of One Size Fits All. When you’ve always fit in something One Size Fits All you probably think “psychological trauma” is a harsh or dramatic term. If you’ve spent hours looking for something slightly decent to wear, finally stumble upon something that’s One Size Fits All and discover you are NOT a part of the ALL you’ll know that “psychological trauma” is quite accurate. 

What surprises me in 2017, and all the body positivity and inclusion that we are starting to see in magazines and on television there’s still a little trauma out there in a rather unlikely place: legging companies. 

I love leggings. As rarely as I wear them out of the house I’m always in them at home. I’ve supported many LuLaRoe small business consultants and I’m happy to do so but there’s an issue with the sizing. For adult leggings they have two sizes: One Size and Tall & Curvy. See that? I’ve often been the woman not fitting a One Size and if you have more than one size then why are they calling them One Size? 

LuLaRoe is really good at using various sized models in their ads and product lines so I’m surprised they took this step. They clearly state that One Size leggings are for up to size 12 and T&C are for up to size 22 and tall women. Couldn’t they call it something else that won’t make a person feel like they don’t belong?

If it was just LuLaRoe it would be one thing but I’ve seen this same sizing model in the other leggings/women’s shop at home pop up businesses like Honey & Lace, Legging  Army, and LaLa Leggings. Again, I love women who are stepping out and earning their living and I will always support local businesses but has anyone questioned this?

Here’s my request:

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

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