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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