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Saturday, January 15, 2021

… Apparently. In this land of ever-fattening individuals, which condition necessitated the advent of plus-sized mannequins, I can’t easily find a belt small enough to fit around my rather modest waist.

A little background: I’ve lost a few pounds over the last couple of months. More than a few, actually — at last check, it’s about 25 pounds (and still slowly dropping, although I think I’ve pretty much stabilized). And yes, I did it during the time of year when most people manage to gain ungodly amounts of weight. Hey, I zig while you zag — deal with it.

I don’t feel like going into detail about the “how” right now. In a nutshell, it’s involved a little more exercise and a little less junk food; nothing complicated.

Anyway, as a result, I’ve needed to refresh my wardrobe with clothes that fit better (and I’m overdue for some new threads anyway). Among the first items: A couple of new belts for a 34-inch waist.

Frankly, I don’t consider 34 to be that skinny. Skinny is 31 and under (a territory I once inhabited, several years back). In fact, in my mind, 34 is edging toward chubby-ville, although still average.

But it seems my bar is set far too low for such things. The couple of stores I hit today had belt sizes that pretty much began with 36 as the low end — the low end. That means 34 is now considered skinny in this newly-skewed view. The 31 and under zone? Anorexia, I guess.

There were literally 3 or 4 belts in each place that were 34; I bought one, simply because it was so rare, and it was dirt cheap and actually decent-looking.

Granted, I didn’t do much of a hard-target search. I’ll probably take another stab at it tomorrow, and hit some higher-end shops that are bound to have a wider selection. But still, going through the loads of wide-load belts with the numbers 38, 40, 42 and 44 on them really made me wince. I’m crossing my fingers on finding something tomorrow.

Since this shopping experience demonstrates just how much heftier most Americans are getting, I’m sure this post isn’t eliciting much sympathy. Who wants to hear some schmuck bitch about the problems associated with losing weight, when the average person probably would kill to be in this situation?

But that’s the way I shake, baby. As long as I can keep my pants from falling down, I’ll deal with it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/15/2005 06:49:06 PM
Category: Fashion
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  1. You are entirely right about this! I am 5′10″ with a 26 inch waist. I have no option but to buy mind-blowingly expensive labels, because they are the only ones that haven’t jumped on the ’skewed for fat people’ size chart. (And, yes, that ‘no option’ bit is somewhat tongue in cheek.)

    When I buy the high-end stuff or anything out of Europe, I wear a six or a 40. When I buy nat’l ready-to-wear brands like Express or Banana Republic, I wear a two and, scarily enough, sometimes a zero!! I know there are people skinnier than me who aren’t, like, concentration camp victims! What are these people wearing? Clothes from the jr’s dept?! How embarrassing!

    Also, I noticed you looked pretty skinny when I saw you at that movie premiere thing. Hooray for healthy lifestyle choices!

    Comment by r* — 01/18/2005 @ 10:50:07 AM

  2. It’s numerology meets fashion — everyone wants to lowball their clothing size! I’m waiting for “the negs” to come into vogue; can’t wait to nail a girl wearing a minus-5 skirt…

    That movie premiere night (Gala Corina) was back in November, aka probably 10-15 pounds ago. I must seem like a rail by now!

    Comment by CT — 01/18/2005 @ 09:11:28 PM

  3. Wow.. I am shopping in the wrong places. 5′9″ and 140 - I have to by XXLarge in everything.

    Comment by Motivation — 01/24/2005 @ 02:01:21 AM


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