December 5 – Let Go.
What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
(Author: Alice Bradley)
I let go of sizes. Clothing sizes.
They don’t make any lick of sense. To me. To my baby. To my husband. And the worst part is that I totally know it, but I’d still moan and groan and sob a bit when I saw the numbers/letters that I didn’t want to see.
I’m not a size 6 fit model. I’m not 5’5-5’9, 120-125 lbs with a 34.5-35.5” chest, 26-27.5” waist, 36.5-38” hips and a 28-30” inseem.
I can’t walk into a store and just “go shopping” for fun. I have to stick to certain brands/labels and stay away from others. I can browse in stores and they cross my fingers they sell it online in a tall size. I buy multiple colors of the same items that fit because it makes up for the lack of selection I had in the first place.
But this year, two years after I made a promise to only buy clothing in tall sizes (or that are infamously wonderful for long sizing), I think I’ve finally let go of sizing making any lick of sense.
Today, I tried on an adorable pea coat at Nordstrom. I tried the large first, and it wouldn’t button. So I went to the XL, and it still wouldn’t close. So I put the coat back on the rack, and walked away. I saw a petite 5’4ish gal walk up to the same rack, grab a coat in a size small, and twirl around in happiness once it fit. I felt myself start to get jealous, and then I let it go. Why be mad at the world because you’re just an outlier in this area? I should be lucky that brands I love cater to me in the first place.
So I’ve accepted that buying clothes I love and fit is the only thing I care about. If that means a size 14 at Old Navy and a 6 at J Crew, who the heck cares! I’ll make the clothes work for me and stop worrying about why I stick out in the world … and just stick out.
And maybe I’ll kick up my sewing skills a bit in the meantime and solve the problem myself?
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