I’ll be honest- I’ve never understood what the heck a “size 8″ dress actually was. I buy 38″ waist (okay, getting up to 40″ now) and 32″ leg pants, a shirt with a 16″ neck, and a 38” shoulders jacket. What the heck is “8”? No human being over the age of 4 has an 8″ waist, so its not a real measurement at all.
Well, apparently having a non-sensical measurement system isn’t enough. Now the manufacturers of women’s clothing have to “adjust” the sizes to appeal to the desire for bigger women to feel smaller. So, what was a size 4 is now a size 00 (yep, double zero). Oh, and exactly what a size 00 is, or a size 2, or whatever, varies from store to store. In some places, a size “00” is actually *bigger* than a size 6 at the store next door.
This is laughable, really. But it must also be the source for tremendous frustration for some women- and certainly for any man foolish enough to try to buy clothing for a woman. Really…this should be legislated back to some sort of sanity. Make dress sizes relate to actual, real world measurements: save us from the insanity!