You can find me muttering aloud to myself some not so nice things about clothes shopping every now and then. Some of you might have seen some of those rants on twitter, or heard them in real life, so they don’t really bare repeating. Basically, my stature/body makes shopping in stores quite a sad affair. (full disclosure: 6’1, 143 lbs, 36” bust, 35” inseem = normally a size 8) And shopping online and sending things home is equally depressing, because that box of magic that you eagerly awaited turns out to be a complete and total dud. I’m in that rut right now. I normally only order tall sizes anyhow, but I was silly the other day and didn’t. I was somehow swayed into trying Lands’ End Canvas clothing once again, after my awesome swimsuit experience last year. Well… needless to say, their fit model is obviously the exact opposite of me. And I’m the exact opposite of the masses that leave reviews for their products, because all of these ill-fitting choices I made had 4.5 star or 5 star reviews!
And this isn’t just a problem with this particular brand (LE-C) … it’s with any brands where the fit model and I are polar opposites. The problem here is just that there are no tailoring options for me to address this problem. Short & small can’t be fixed by bigger sizing sadly… because things only get exponentially wider instead of fitting someone who is bigger but has the same proportions.
Here’s what I mean:
Women’s Sleeveless Striped Dress – Lands’ End Canvas – $60
Completely the wrong proportions in every single way. Empire waisted top but not enough length. Bad pleating location = pregnancy tummy. Shoulders/back are way too tight as well. Overall length = hideous placement on the biggest part of the thighs, and… well… I’d definitely never been leaning over anything in any way in this dress.
(p.s. Mr. M was looking over my shoulder while I was writing this and calmly told me that I shouldn’t put this photo up because people would think I looked pregnant – even if it as all for a purpose of pointing out the ill fit – so full disclaimer – it’s the dress not me that is pregnant)
Women’s Heritage Striped Oxford Shirt – Lands’ End Canvas – $50
When I put my arms through these sleeves, you could hear my sigh across the street. Basically, this shirt is one of those that I’ve “tried to make fit” my entire life. The basic drill: arch shoulders forward, keep arms in towards your body, do not reach up nor down and wear a high waisted skirt. The shirt itself is just way too short. A slight lift of my arm exposed the side of my rib cage, and the front of the shirt had barely anything to tuck into even the highest waistbands in my closet. The sleeves were about 3-4” too short as well. And the tailoring was for someone with a much larger bust as well.
Women’s Silk Polka-Dot Dress – Lands’ End Cavas – $130
I almost had myself convinced to keep this dress in my closet. I only paid $22 for it… and I really told myself that I could wear it every now and then. If I sat down for most of the day. And didn’t have to move my arms too much. And I took a muscle relaxer so that my FMS wouldn’t kick up. Crazy talk for a dress that isn’t that flattering, huh? That’s what happens when you’re at the bottom of the box and you just want to feel somewhat normal and make something work.
But again… it didn’t fit. The shoulders were so tight that I really thought I’d rip the dress when trying to take it off. And it was loose under the bust, but not really flowy at the bottom. And it was borderline long, but not really comfortably long at all.
So I’ve packed up this order back in its box and put it in the car for a trip to the mall and Sear’s for a return. Every single item I ordered is headed back. And, sadly, I will unsubscribe from all of the emails and flyers and put Canvas in the category of “shops that don’t work for Kim.” (p.s. other shops include: Forever 21, Old Navy B&M, H&M, Ann Taylor LOFT, Limited, Express, Bebe…. maybe I should just list the only stores I can shop in?)
If I were 6’4, I think my issues with clothing wouldn’t be as heart-wrenching. It’s really just because so many things “almost fit” and that I buy them with the hopes of making it work… but in the end I should have just stayed far far away from them in the first place.