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Also they make me look like Comic Book Guy and this is bad for my body image issues. [Apr. 19th, 2005|04:42 pm]
The American Caliban
This is going to sound like a dumb Observational Comedian Rant, but here we go. What the hell is going on with t-shirt sizes? The devaluation of sizing is weird. I'm 5'11" and 240 lbs and in most other types of clothing I wear either an L or an XL. In t-shirts, an XL now looks like something one of my smaller female friends might comfortably wear without tucking it in. After washing, it's suitable for a chihuahua. In order to wear a shirt I must order at least XXL, and if it's going to be washed I should get XXXL. Of course the typical t-shirt vendor has S, M, L, XL, and that's it. I have had quite a few good shirts that I wore maybe twice before they became rags or gifts to tiny friends.

Is this a piece of sharp business to get us all to buy unwearable handkerchiefs for $20? Can they really make that much more money by selling undersized shirts to everyone? Do they think we're all Laotian? Why does no one buck the trend and sell t-shirts that are the Real World Size and US $1 more?

I have shirts I bought ten years ago that are XXL and still hang way below my belt line and feel a bit baggy around the shoulders. It wasn't always like this.

Small dishonesties like this bug me way out of proportion: the Starbucks small being "tall", ultra-colossal olives, etc.

I blame Excel.
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[User Picture]From: trinnit
2005-04-19 11:58 pm (UTC)
You've encountered the +$10 for these sizes range.
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[User Picture]From: icariancypher
2005-04-20 12:05 am (UTC)
Let's hear it for Excel!!!! w00t!

I think the sizes are just fucked every which way, honestly.
Some jeans I've bought are marked the same size, but one pair is loose, while the other was obviously made for a small anorexic child.

On the other hand, I tend to wear M shirts, and I'm 6'4" and almost 200 lbs.

I think there may be something about the strangeness and variety of human shape clashing with a demented textile/clothing industry's demand for cost savings/slavish attention to popular trends.

EXCEL!@!
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2005-04-20 12:54 am (UTC)

Small dishonesties

I still grind my teeth every time I see ".99" on the end of a price.
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[User Picture]From: klikitak
2005-04-20 02:00 am (UTC)
I blame emo kids.

No for reals- all those dudes WANTING pants to grasp their banana hammocks. Shirts that outline their nips.

I say we go back to hammer pants. Please, don't hurt 'em.
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[User Picture]From: citizenx
2005-04-20 03:00 am (UTC)

banana hammocks

That was wonderful.
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From: switchstatement
2005-04-20 02:20 am (UTC)
i have the opposite problem, and the problems others have mentioned. i'm a very small person and can never find clothing small enough for me, except kids clothes which are just a tad TOO small. i also own several pairs of pants which are the same size, make and model and which were purchased at the same time, but which are drastically different in actual physical dimensions. i.e., some fit to varying degrees, one pair is way too big, and one pair doesn't even cover my ankles.
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From: cowboyjoey
2005-04-20 04:05 pm (UTC)
I've got your same problem. Most of the stuff that's labelled as "Small" is too big for me still. But that's what I get for being asian in North America :P
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[User Picture]From: frobisher
2005-04-20 05:15 am (UTC)
I find that the line between XL and XXL is a complete mystery. I'm convinced that no two clothiers have the same size concepts. I just got a pair of shorts that fit, but those at an adjoining island of clothing in the same size did not.

I'm just winging it at this point.
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From: amorpoeta
2005-04-20 08:46 pm (UTC)
Be thankful you don't have boobs or a big ass to deal with.
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