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What Size Is That?

July 1, 2008

So we’ve all heard women lament about how clothing sizes vary drastically from brand to brand. Let’s just say for example that you wear a size 8 in Old Navy jeans, but then you go to a Levi’s store and the size 8 is huge on you. {I have to say “you,” because my butt hasn’t fit in a size 8 for more than a decade!} As women we come to expect these discrepancies and I guess we just sort of accept them because short of starting our own line of clothing there isn’t a darn thing we can do about it.

Silly me and my naivety, I thought it was something that only affected women’s clothing. I know some kids clothes are the same way, but for the most part they seem to be fairly consistent. That is until we hit the realm of little girls’ panties.

For clothes, the Big One is pretty much in a 4T. She can still wear 3T pants {she’s got no butt and a tiny waist, yes I am jealous of my three-year-old} Truth be told I discovered that she can actually still wear 12 months shorts. You see we left grandma in charge of the children, the Big One had a poopy accident and grandma somehow confused which bag of clothes belonged to which kid. But I digress.

So now that we are pretty much potty trained, panties are very important. To the Big One, Dora panties are a must. So the majority of the ones she has are size 2T/3T. But they are getting a bit tight. A few pairs actually leave red lines around her little legs. So I figure we need to move up to the 4T.

We were at Wal*Mart yesterday and the Big One spotted some Dora panties that she didn’t have yet. Yes, she has the patterns memorized and knows exactly which ones are clean and dirty on any give day. I think she’s a bit OCD like the Husband. Anyway, since these that she found were a different pattern and a size 4T, I figure what the heck she’s going to need bigger ones anyway so I agree to buy them.

We get home and I do some laundry because she must wear the new panties right now and she puts a pair on. I kid you not, these look almost a big as my cotton sturdies would look on her. They are huge, baggy, saggy and pretty much falling off of her. But will she agree to take them off and wear the smaller size? No way, she walked around all afternoon yesterday in huge panties; most of the time with one had holding them up.

I can’t figure out how the 4T pants/shorts/skirts all seem to fit her fine, but the 4T panties are huge. And what in the world am I supposed to do with her when the 2T/3T ones start cutting off her circulation, yet the 4T are huge? Put a belt on her?

Hmmmm, I just had a thought, I already admitted that I can’t wear size 8 pants, yet when I think about the size of my cotton sturdies… you guessed it a size 8. Who in the world decided that the underwear sizes and pants sizes would be so far off? I guess the manufacturers of little girls panties are just trying to prepare the Big One for what’s to come.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2008 4:08 pm

    cotton sturdies, lol – you are a trip! and i agree about the panties thing…dd’s undies are either cutting off the circulation to her legs or she’s got too much storage in her ‘draws’, lol.

    as for me? i can’t fit into a size 10 CK capris, but in Ralph Lauren I can get into a 6…you figure it out, cuz i sure can’t! 😦

  2. July 1, 2008 5:02 pm

    welcome to being the mom of a girl- it only goes downhill from here! Just wait until you have to buy jeans for your skinny mini and can’t figure out why she’s swimming in some slims and is “too big” for others! (thats *our* current problem with *my* daughter….has been for…oh….well…4 years now maybe?? And she’s only 7!!)

    Dont even get me started on dressing myself! I dont get sizing AT ALL!!

  3. July 2, 2008 7:47 pm

    Oh, that’s hilarious! Hmm, I wonder if they size little girl panties patterns after the ‘outside’ and not on being snug? It’s been so long since i bought little girl panties 😦 🙂

  4. July 3, 2008 8:07 am

    OMG…that’s my dd your talking about. She turned 4 in April and now she thinks EVERYTHING she wears has to be a 4! Umm.. that’s not going to work on her skinny booty. It took a couple weeks to convince her that the size 4 panties that grandma bought will not fit her yet!

    Love your blog!

    I’m also in Cali and my bluetooth is in the box because it scares me. I need my hubby to help me figure it out and he just hasn’t had the time yet.

  5. Karen permalink
    July 7, 2008 8:57 am

    Chastity belt? (it IS a belt for undies, is it not?)

    (and sizing: i think the more you pay for your clothes, the smaller the size is: walmart jeans size 10 = nordy’s size 6?)

  6. fixitmommy permalink*
    July 8, 2008 7:04 am

    So glad I am not alone… or looney! Thanks for commiserating with me.

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