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23 September 2009 @ 04:42 pm
I hate shopping.  

I needed new pants. I’ve needed new pants for weeks. I kept putting off buying them, because I hate shopping under the best of circumstances, which, at my current weight, cannot be achieved. But today, because I am sick unto the very *death* of wearing floppy pants, I went to Dunnes to buy jeans.

Every pair of women’s jeans available gleefully advertised themselves as “skinny jeans”. Overlooking the fact that I am a far cry from skinny, even when I’m at my slimmest, my thighs do not fit in skinny jeans. I am not shaped that way. I wasn’t even shaped that way when I was fifteen. It is occasionally possible to find snug-fitting flattering jeans, but not when they’re advertised as “skinny”; they just will not go on my body. And everything else they had were slacks or three-quarters length slacks or leggings to wear under skirts/long shirts.

Frustrated beyond belief, I went to the men’s section, where I could tell at a glance which ones were going to fit my waist because hey, THEY’RE SIZED BY WAIST AND INSEAM. I tried two pair on, and now have two new pair of jeans, one of which needs hemming, but both of which come up to my goddamned waist without squeezing, fit my thighs, and which cost me at least fifteen dollars less than the women’s jeans would have.

I swear I’m going to quit writing and take up designing comfortable, attractive women’s clothes and shoes that fit. *grumpy face*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on September 23rd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
This kind of thing drives me nuts. I'm tall, and I end up with things that are huge on the waist because the ones in my size are too short. No wonder so many women have body anxieties: everything we wear seems designed to make us feel abnormal.
Lauraskeagsidhe on September 23rd, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know why it is that designers of women's clothes disregard the existence of thighs. Or hips, for that matter. Even when I was a gym rat and in great shape, 80% the jeans out there that fit otherwise were tight in the thighs. Drives. Me. Nuts.
ramurphy on September 23rd, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Back in the day, I don't recall which Olympics it was, Levi's had the contract for the US team. They custom made jeans for them. Why? Well, because most of the athletes had thighs that would not fit into their off-the-rack jeans.
Miss May: me gwen boredvalancymay on September 23rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
The Green Knight: Aliensgreen_knight on September 23rd, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I cannot recall the last time I bought a pair of women's jeans. I cannot recall buying women's jeans, full stop.
Laura Anne Gilman: peevy short chicksuricattus on September 23rd, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Amen. I have good legs. I have reasonably slender hips. I have thighs that are strong and muscled as my genetics make 'em. When I see ads for "skinny-leg" jeans, I roll my eyes and go buy last season's wider-leg jeans in thrift stores, because "fashion dictates" can go fkcu itself.

I am an adult of sound mind and healthy body, and I will wear what looks good on me, not what "this season's hot style" is.

(and I will rock my chosen style, too. Take that, twig-legs)

Edited at 2009-09-23 04:39 pm (UTC)
Megabitchmegabitch on September 23rd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I would just like to *applause* your icon. I'm 4'10" ;)
starfallstarfallz on September 23rd, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hear hear!!

I hate hate hate buying jeans. I absolutely adore a maker when they make tall jeans, and it really shouldn't be that way.
Geek of Weird Shitgows on September 23rd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yup. That's one of the reasons I've been buying men's jeans for years and have almost completely given up on women's. That and the fact that either the waist is up to my ribcage (thrift store jeans) or a handspan below my belly button. Fuck that shit.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on September 23rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Let's just say there's a reason I've never owned a genuine pair of Levis...

When I shop for jeans, I go straight to the nearest Dressmann store(They're big here in Scandinavia, Germany and Latvia.) and pick a pair or three of their 'McGordons' brand, walk straight to the register, pay and leave.
This brand is what they call 'relaxed fit' which I understand translated into 'fits normal humans'. And even more importantly, 'one size fits, always'. That is, a 34" waist will always be a 34", no matter if it's jeans, cotton slacks, corduroy pants, or whatever, so there's no need to try them out in the store.(And the next yea, and the year after. As long as I stay the same -pear - shape, the same size fits)
The fact that they're cheap, usually $30, doesn't hurt, either.

Anyway, the problem with the designs for womens' clothing is that the designers themselves are gay males, and prefer models who look like pre-teen boys. (No hips, no chest, and definitely no body-hair. )
That also explains why there are so few 'attractive' bras for big-busted but otherwise slim women, as the designers can't imagine the situation.
(While the rest of the male population very happily CAN... :-)
Mary Annepers1stence on September 24th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
as a overall slim but big-bosomed woman, I have totally given up finding bras in my size anywhere other than online or in fancy bra boutiques.
desperancedesperance on September 24th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
the designers themselves are gay males, and prefer models who look like pre-teen boys

Um. I'm sure you didn't mean to imply that gay males as a class prefer pre-teen boys, but that is rather the impression that you left me with.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on September 25th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)

I meant only the gay males working on "womens' fashion design"
It's the only logical explanation, when you look at what they expect the models to look like.
Twiggy on a diet, mostly. 'Hips? Sorry, you won't fit into the creations'.

Many countries are now banning models from the catwalk if they have a BMI lower than 18, I think. (If a population group averages 19 - 20, WHO gets their boxers in a snit)

If I offended gay men, I would like to apologize.
(I only wanted to insult certain 'fashion' designers. )
mayakdamayakda on September 23rd, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
That was one of my big culture shocks things about the USA - women's sizes. Where I'm from women's jeans were sized by waist. Other clothes S, M, L. None of this 2 4 6 8 nonsense.
That said, lands' end seems to have a variety of styles, some that might even fit humans. But they are usually out of my price range so I wait for "overstocks".

Random googling has made me discover a site dedicated to finding you the right jean/bra size -- zafu.com
I wonder if it works (& how).
Tripspace_parasite on September 24th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Given the number of women who say things like that, and the continued lack of such garments in stores, I suspect the Fashion Ninjas come for you if you try. :(