Some days I sit back and observe what my male counterparts get to wear and how the male species get dressed for the day and I think, men sure do have it easy. Wake up, maybe brush their hair, grab a shirt and pants and out the door they go. Their outfit of choice will hold up regardless of the events the day and should they go to the gym or a for a run, a quick 5-minute shower and men are back in business. Society doesn’t really seem to care how men clothe themselves. Not to say I wouldn’t mock a sweater vest of pocket square, but for the most part, dudes don’t have to think about what to wear.
Then the fashion pendulum swings to the female side of the fashion industry and crashes into a pile of mixed messages and low self-esteem. “Wear this, no that’s not in style anymore, now this is. Oh wait, she can wear that, but you can’t because you’re curvy, wear this instead”. It’s hard enough to be a girl, must we throw a layer of poly-blend self-hate into the mix? I think it’s time we start regulating women’s clothes.
Do you know how men’s pants are sized? By inches that indicate the size of the pants waist and length. Novel idea. Women’s pants are controlled by 00’s and digits all the way up the number line. Smaller the number, the prettier you are. LIES. ALL LIES. You would think the same companies making men’s jeans in a fairly uniform sizing process from company to company would be able to do this for women’s jeans, but no. The industry must prey on unstable emotions and low self-worth with tiny little numbers. Buying jeans could cause some women to lose her religion over trying to figure out if she’s a 4 or a 10 because no one can agree on a size chart. Thank you, Old Navy, but I’m really not a size 2. I appreciate your ploy to booster myself esteem and gain my loyalty as a shopper, but we’re on to your vanity sizing and I’d like to note the amount of elastic material found in your jeans. Sure, I’m a two.
Do you know what’s worse than trying to figure out if you’re a 2 or an 8? Regulating girls’ dress codes. Boy’s refuse to wear pants in January and insist on gym shorts and athletic socks. Whatever dude. Freeze for all I care. However, two girls wearing the same exact outfit can walk down the hall and only one of them will be out of dress code.
It doesn’t really matter what size or shape a man is, his clothes just seem to fit. Women, however, gain or lose 5 pounds and suddenly everything we own doesn’t fit right. It’s hard to explain to a 13-year-old, that yes, those clothes fit you last year, but God gave you curves over the summer and now you’re out of dress code even though you wore it all last year. Sorry. One time we banned uniform skirts altogether because girls have curves and 4 inches above the knee in the front is 6 in the back. Try regulating skirt length next time you’re bored. Boy’s all fit in pants and a polo regardless of how many tacos they’ve eaten, but girls come in all shapes and sizes and you can’t just regulate it with one size fits all. Is it fair boy’s seem to skate on by with pants and t-shirt while a young ladies’ socks slip below her calf muscle and punishment rains down on her as if it were 1935 and she must copy the dress code from the handbook? The answer is no. When’s it’s all said and done, some days girls just violate dress code because their boyfriend is in detention and hey why not.
Regulating women’s clothing is about as useful as a poncho in a hurricane. You want women to dress better? Here’s an idea, let us regulate the industry taking advantage of women’s psyche and manipulating pant sizes. Why can’t our clothing be numbered in a useful sizing chart like it is done all over the world, but here in America? Let’s regulate the media who are sending terrible messages to girls far too early for them to know anything about discernment and Hollywood. Let’s stop writing about who wore it best and dedicating hours of television time to picking apart red-carpet dresses that cost more than my car. Let’s talk about women who exemplify strength and beauty in their own unique way instead of trying to regulate everything women wear.
Maybe if we teach girl’s their worth, they’ll rebel a little.