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! 🙂
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! 🙂
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! 😀