Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Trouble with Clothes

So far this summer, I've spent a lot of my time in various stores and shopping centers with one of my best friends finding the clothes she needed for her LDS Mission. She and I are both very different in height and weight, but we're not unhealthy or unhappy with how we look. However, when we were out shopping together, we weren't able to have as good a time as we would have liked.

In most stores, the smallest sizes are often too big for my friend. Zeros and Ones in pants, skirts, and dresses often fall off of her or hang awkwardly. In those same stores, the clothes that fit me are typically in the "Plus Size" section that's completely separate from the rest of the store's merchandise.

The whole experience was really eye opening for the two of us, because I always assumed that it was easy for her to find clothes because of her size and she always assumed it was easy for me to find clothes because of my size.

Overall the two of us were often frustrated about having to get each other's attention from across the store to show each other what we wanted to try on, and not being able to try on the same things. To me, all of the cutest things are in the smaller sizes and to her, all of the cutest things were in the larger sizes.

I don't understand why stores don't carry all of their clothes in a variety of sizes that they display together on the racks. Having different clothing options in separate sections makes it hard for friends to shop together because the clothes that fit them aren't kept together!

My friend has joked before that if she could have one superpower it would be to change clothes to fit and to be the right length and style. Adding sleeves, shortening pants and dresses that are too long, making shirts the right shape, etc - all in the blink of an eye. I must admit, that does sound pretty fantastic! You wouldn't have to go to multiple stores and try on everything to find exactly what you were looking for, and you'd be able to shop with your friends regardless of their size and where the clothing is displayed in the store.

The trouble with clothes is how they're made and how they're displayed. I hope that eventually stores will catch on to this fact and change to having clothes in every size displayed together.

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