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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)
 
 
 
anthony_lionanthony_lion on September 23rd, 2009 01:35 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 23rd, 2009 10:02 pm (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 11:40 am (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 02:50 am (UTC)
No...

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. )