The American Caliban (substitute) wrote,
The American Caliban

Also they make me look like Comic Book Guy and this is bad for my body image issues.

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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