‘Eff’ you, skinny jeans!

Recently I was disturbed to find that I backslid with my weight-loss efforts, and that I had regained most if not all of the ten pounds I had lost over the past year.  I was extremely discouraged to discover that I no longer fit into the new jeans I got last year (that I love so much. )  I’ve been wearing yoga pants for most of the summer.

So I had to go and buy “fat jeans.”  When I came home with a pair of size 11 LEIs (for some reason they just seemed to fit the best, better than the women’s size 10 in other brands,) I was happy to have some new jeans, but very discouraged after all the “trying on” and by the fact that my other LEIs after my weight-loss were size 7!

Then, a day or so later, my neighbor gave me a pair of her old jeans that no longer fit her.  They fit, albeit I would have them maybe a half size larger if I had my choice…   And they were size 5.

And a revelation I’ve had before came to me anew (I guess that makes it a re-revelation???)  Size 5 jeans now are not the same as size five jeans ten years ago.  The sizes are getting smaller.  Today’s jeans are made for girls without figures…  basically prepubescent girls or girls built like 12 year old boys.  I need to go one size larger just to fit my ass into a pair of jeans.  Maybe this is because I am trying to wear junior sizes, you might suggest. (I am petite and also I find the cut and style of junior clothing generally more appealing.) Well, it used to be if you are size 5 in juniors, you’d likely wear a size 4/6 in women’s.  Following this logic, I purchased a size 11 in juniors, but I should be able to fit a size 10/12  in women’s. (We already know the tens I tried didn’t work.)   Yet these 5s from almost a decade ago fit almost perfectly.  Incidentally, my “skinny” jeans from last year, they’re a size 7.

So what does that tell me, aside from the fact that the sizes are getting inexplicably smaller?  Well, to me, whether on accident or by design, clothing manufacturers are encouraging the already dangerous trend in society that propagates self-criticism and self-esteem problems in women.  It’s bad enough that average women are told repeatedly through pop culture’s fashion and tendencies that any fat is bad, that anything less than a model’s body is bad, now they have to be reminded every time they try on a pair of jeans.

Now maybe some of you think I am probably just a bitter fat woman who just sits on her ass but complains about being fat.  Rest assured, I have been exercising five to six days a week religiously for the past two to three months, and I have once again started keeping track of my food intake.  As to my weight, while I am over my ideal weight by about fifteen pounds, I am not fat.

I love to eat and because of that I’m not losing through calorie restriction as much as I’d like, but I do feel stronger and more empowered from my exercise routines, so eff you, skinny jeans!  I will fit into you again, but until I do, I will not allow the size of my jeans to dictate my body image.




35 responses to “‘Eff’ you, skinny jeans!

  1. You know I wonder if my size 5’s from high school would fit me… If I still had them I would try them… But jeans are that strange thing… I have 4 pair of Big Star jeans that are all different sizes and they all fit exactly the same… Nuts right?!?!

    • It’s true all jeans are different. Even when made by the same brand, different styles may require different sizes. That should make us feel better, but no matter what anyone says, we still use the sizes and the numbers on the scale too much when it comes to being critical of ourselves! Thanks for reading, btw!

      • So, I went to buy all new clothes today, and when I tried the jeans on all I could do is laugh and think of this… I picked up 3 pair of the same jeans, and what do you know, I am wearing 2 sizes bigger than the jeans that I was wearing at the time… Although, European clothes seem to be even smaller than American clothes….

  2. The phenomenon you observed is very real, and well-documented. Women’s sizes have been shrinking for a while. I imagine men’s have as well, although I don’t know that for certain.

  3. The first time I remember knowing what size I was, I was an 11. And skinny as hell. So, I don’t care one bit what the tag says, until I end up with what I think is right over my arm going into a fitting room and the having to ask the hubby to see if they have a size made for human beings instead. Don’t buy me clothes – nothing fits based on sizes! If I can breathe, sit, and still look good – that’s enough for me!

    That said – don’t shop for clothes in a country where all the women are short and have no boobs of shoulders. I’m a moose in Ireland, apparently… Have to ask my two co-workers who are taller than I where they shop! Not that I shop…

  4. Dude, I was SO confused the first time I realized they were changing the sizes of pants like that. Seriously, what’s the point even? You’re right, all it does it perpetuate the, “you have to be skinny to be attractive” mentality…and I’m really struggling to see how there could be any actual benefit.

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