Well not THAT. Well, yeah, that too in the proper context I guess but that’s not what I’m writing about!
Some of you gals won’t get this at all. Some are blessed to slide right into a size 6 or 8 with no problem, can pick out a lovely pair of size 7 heels and go on your way – but many of us are not so blessed. The size that is so often considered a bonus to a male is a curse to the transsexual or CD who is looking to fill out her wardrobe with flattering outfits. How frustrating it can be, particularly if you are forced to make your purchases at thrift shops were size selection is already spotty, to find the adorable skirt in a size 12 when you require a 16, or the very pair of sandals you need – only they are eights when you need eleven wide.
It’s at times like this I find it difficult to be happy for my sisters who are built for the typically available sizes because I’m too busy being insanely jealous! What makes it worse is that I have a long standing self image of who my female self is and what she looks like, and I always saw that girl as being petite, short and relatively slender (though with enough padding to make nice curves) and in that sense even fitting into a 12, or a size nine shoe, while it would give me WAY more options, doesn’t really often live up to the vision I’d LIKE to see in the mirror. But then, that’s just the sort of self criticism all women are prone to. It’s not original or unusual, but it does serve to magnify my frustration with being too big for anything cute.
I’ve heard other girls say that the revel in being the tallest girl in the room. I’m happy for them but that’s sure not how I feel. Particularly when it’s not just height but width that’s an issue. Consider the cut of the typical blouse. It’s designed for a narrower chest, albeit with the presence of some breast, narrower shoulders, and a shorter overall torso. So in order to have a really flattering blouse if you are a genetic male who’s approaching six feet and 200 pounds (or more) you have to deal with finding something big enough to be flattering across the shoulders and chest to start with, then nine times out of ten it’s STILL going to be too short! Maddening!
Yes, in the days of the internet there are specialty sites online which deal in women’s clothing cut especially for the male-bodied customer, but if you have a thrift store budget you can forget browsing those, unless you feel the need for a nice bout of depression! Does this sound like a rant? ‘Cause I kind feel like all I can do on this subject is rant. Want to rant with me?
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