In trying to figure out what size I might currently wear, which seems to be somewhere between a size six and a size eight, I find myself in the middle of an identity crisis.
At my last measurement, I found myself with a 30-inch waistline. When I look at online conversion charts, this places me in the range of a size 12 to 14. But I can barely keep my size eight pants around my waist (my belt is on the last notch, people)! I measure at my natural waist…so should I suck in harder?
My complaint is this: why was it so easy to standardize for men (with very little wiggle room, though there is still some, in sizing), but I range from petite to large in just one view of a conversion chart? I jump from a 34″ rib cage to a 40″ hip circumference and find that I should be a small on top, but an extra large on the bottom? When in reality, I wear something mildly inbetween? WTF, internet! Your online conversion charts rob me of my weight loss satisfaction. Please standardize for my sanity, and the sanity of other women.
Note: I know that over time, sizes adjusted to the population. I like to think of it as “waistline inflation.” But, to me, I do not think I look overweight, even though the conversion charts point me in that direction. I still need to lose weight, but I am not carrying around yesterday’s ten ham sandwiches in my back pocket. I am three inches above the five foot depth in the pool, so a change for me is going to be much more dramatic, in most cases, than the Amazon in my Accounting class. Keep it in perspective; I know how this topic hits home to some women.