They Don’t Make That For Chubby Girls

Dittos Jeans
August 27th, 2012

Do you remember Dittos? They were the tight jeans with saddle-back stitching on the butt that came in either pastels or bright candy colors. Dittos was the required jean for every cool girl at Traweek Junior High School. That meant I was not cool.

My mother finally let me get a pair, and as I was in the dressing room trying to squeeze my bottom into the Dittos (seriously, it was like stuffing sausage) I heard my mom yell, “Honey, they don’t make Dittos for chubby girls!”

Since that day my mantra has been, ‘They don’t make ______ for chubby girls!’ You can fill in the blank with boots that go above the ankle, any jeans, and almost every type of swimwear. I was never considered overweight, I was just never “skinny.”

But lo and behold, something has happened in the past three decades. I went from a size 6-8 to a size 2-4 in most brands. Okay, okay, it’s not because I’m shrinking, but because clothing companies have changed the size definitions to market to our more rotund society. They make boots with a “wide shaft” to fit over large calves like mine, and now there are Pajama Jeans that look like jeans, but feel like sweatpants!

I do admit that I still do a little squeal of joy when I don a pair of size 2 pants. But, is this good for society? I used to think if I went up a size, it was time to increase the workouts and decrease the calories. Not anymore, now I have to get on the scale.

Dittos is in the midst of re-launching the brand. I wonder if they will make Dittos for chubby girls? If they do, they’ll probably not make them for old girls.

Check to see what size you would have been 30 years ago when most brands used the same size definitions. But check at your own risk and don’t be surprised if your clothing size is in the double digits.



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  1. Harriet says:

    Nadine, I went to the site that you suggested and discovered I’m more than double the size that I buy in the stores today. Yipes! I always suspected that women’s sizes were going down over the years, but I did secretly hope that I was becoming more svelte. Oh well, another delusion shattered.

  2. Mckenna says:

    I’ve known something has been off for years! When a woman who’s 5’8 with a healthy figure has to buy “xs” … That’s with big name brands like Victoria’s Secret or Banana Republic. Not that I ever buy those anymore, but…you get the picture!

  3. Jenny says:

    Speaking of Victoria’s Secret, I noticed huge size inflation and finally stopped shopping there because it was pure corporate yuck and just plain tacky. I’m reliably a B but I’m a C there. What does that mean? That women who are A and double A, who don’t need to be spending their money on bras AT ALL, get to walk in a be a B or a “barely B.” Oy!!!

    Aside from the size inflation, they are just all over the place. If i go to a more youthful brand (like Urban Outfitters or Free People), I am reliably a large (at 5’2″ and 110 lbs!). But at Anthropologie, I can’t go bigger than a 0.

    Nadine, I WORE my dittos the other day in honor of your post. I could not find a size (scored them at Out of the Closet just last year) but if it makes you feel any better, I had to wear them with 3″ heels NOT to look like a stuffed sausage!

    • Nadine says:

      Jenny, that’s the other side of this post — the fact that I can’t squeeze into anything at the stores aimed at younger ages. I once went into Zara and, although I loved the styles, everything was for teensy-weesny people (I have since been to Spain and realized that they have Zara Women over there for the more normal-sized).

      Congrats on fitting into your Dittos (and I’m sure you didn’t look like a stuffed sausage). By the way, we finally found a pair when I was young, but the size was so large, that my mom had to cut off the flare at the bottom!

  4. Crystal says:

    I realize that this may be a tad off topic (smile), however, your entry hit a chord.

    After living my life as a fat girl and a fat woman (size 14 in highschool and up to 26 as an adult) When I turned 33, I was so happy to finally find a way to live my life as a consistent size 12 ( I am a healthy 47 years old now). For me, it’s about more than the calibration of the size of clothing items…I’m just sayin’ (smile)

    As a teenager I wanted to fit in with the cute girls. But I didn’t. As an adult, is soooo liberating to be a “normal size.”

    I still question and I am saddened by our obsession with the material SIZE of our selves, instead of the actual HEALTH of our bodies, minds and spirits. If we were truly as concerned about hour health, then the material size, re-sizing, re-labeling, would not matter. If we, as a society put in as much money and effort into our health, then we obesity, rotund-ness, might not be at a critical level. But we don’t and it is.

    All in all, I am happy to look cute in my J-Brand jeans – but I hope they weren’t made by child laborers….that’s another topic all together. Cheers!

  5. McKenna Rowe says:

    One thing I learned….if you go to cheaper/junior brands, they tend to cut corners on cost by using less material and making the clothes smaller. Anymore, I’ve been buying vintage clothes which not only is eco-friendly, but means better engineering. Then I pay $10 to have a tailor work on them for me.


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