Big Problems

Recently, I went shopping at several (and I really mean SEVERAL!) well-known stores for a couple of casual trousers and shirts. It was an exercise in futility. The reason? None of the stores stocked sizes big enough for me. Apparently, all of them assumed that ladies would stop at a particular size and never grow bigger than that. Unfortunately, I’m taller than the average Indian woman and my body is proportionately large.

Now, this is not something new to me. From the time I was a teen, I’ve been plagued with size issues. I remember the amount of time my parents and I hopped in and out of shoe stores to obtain the requisite pair of shoes mandated by my school in my size. In fact, my feet are actually a bit out of shape because I spent quite a few of my formative years stuffing my feet into shoes too small for me. Even today, a pair of good footwear is like the elusive blue moon. Once, when I found my size at a shoe store and was overtly ecstatic about it, the shoe salesman urged me to buy a few more pairs because — abhi abhi aapka size aaya hai, phir nahin milega! (just now your size has come and you won’t get it again!). You can imagine my desperation, for I actually succumbed to this salespitch and switfly picked up three pairs! πŸ™‚

Till we got our clothes tailored, I didn’t really have problems with dress sizes. Even with Indian clothes, I didn’t (and still don’t) have a real issue because we do get pretty large sizes. Funnily enough, in the US, I had quite the reverse problem, since I kept picking up large sizes and they turned out too large for me! πŸ™‚

However, I was quite taken aback this time when confronted with this strange size limitation for western clothes. All the patterns I liked, all the trousers that looked and felt the most comfortable were available only in tiny, tinier and tiniest sizes! In fact, in one store, I exclaimed helplessly like Lil D — It’s not fair! 😦

I finally managed to get a couple that just about fit me right.

I went back to the Indian section with a huge sigh of relief. At least the Indian dresses recognized that large women do exist! No more “western” stuff for me. Mera Bharat Mahaan! πŸ˜€

4 thoughts on “Big Problems

  1. Anith, I am a petite small in US but in India they think I am an xl or xxl and say they don’t stock such “large” sizes. Like u said reg shoes I just stock my western wardrobe from US when I travel.

    East is east and west is west and the twain shall not meet πŸ˜€ atleast as far as my wardrobe is concerned!!!

  2. Bhagi, you have got to be kidding! If they say you are XL or XXL, I must be GinormousXXXXL! πŸ˜€ Who the heck is defining these sizes?

  3. Where? Where did you get a couple that fit you? in Bangalore? I have been to so many places – online, offline and never get my size! Either the waist fits and then the length is not right (cos I am just slightly taller than what they expect) or the waist is tooo big (its like XXXXXL) and the cut is all off. 😦 Where, Anita? Where? 😦

  4. Anna, I adopted the popular philosophy – Swalpa adjust maadi! πŸ™‚ It helps that I’m not too picky and *hate* shopping. I settled for something I picked up at Lifestyle because I refused to go searching any further. Basically it was like setting out to buy peaches and ending up with tomatoes, but hey, both can be eaten, right? πŸ˜€ (I know, that’s a terrible philosophy!)

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