Why Size Is Just a Number

I wrote the other day that I bought a dress that was a size 2! I had one khaki J. Crew skirt back in high school that was a size 2, but that was the only other time I’d been able to fit into such a small size.

I’m anywhere between a 4 and an 8 in clothes these days; a size 4 at Ann Taylor or Banana Republic, a 6 most other places and usually an 8 in dresses. I wanted a Lilly Pulitzer dress for a Derby party I was going to, so I went to Bloomie’s and grabbed an armful of preppy bright dresses to try on, all in a size 6. I started with a strapless one, and it was too small. Slightly dejected, I moved on to the one-shoulder dress. I love one-shoulder dresses for some reason, so I hoped it would fit. It fit well in the shoulders and chest but was totally boxy everywhere else, so I asked the saleswoman helping me if she could bring me a 4. “Do you also want me to bring you a 2?” 


“There’s no way a 2 will fit me!” 

I tried on the 4, and it was way too big. “I guess you’ll have to bring me the 2!” I tried on the 2, and it was definitely a little snug, but not too snug to not buy, so buy I did. I’m pretty sure I walked out of Bloomie’s glowing.

The strapless dress was an 8; I bought the dress that was a 2 — and that’s in the same designer. It’s the same body that was in both dresses, so I didn’t get any bigger or smaller depending on the size tag that was hanging from the neck. Remember that when the size tag is governing your moods.

One comment on “Why Size Is Just a Number

  1. Roxanne

    Indeed! Like weight (in pounds), size is just a number and it doesn’t define yourself! I have been very concious of these statistics before that I forgot to just enjoy eating healthy foods and live a healthy lifestyle. I was too preoccupied in pleasing the people around me that I forgot to enjoy myself. Now, from 250 pounds I am now down to 180 pounds. Still a lot of weight to lose on but suffice to say I am quite happy with my pace right now. Keep on inspiring us! I love your posts!


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