BEING MEGAN MCARDLE
Apparently, if you’re a 6’2″ woman with a 35″ inseam and a 27″ waist, it’s difficult to find pants on sale. Who knew?
Seriously, the sizing of women’s clothing has long baffled me. Men’s clothing tends to be easy: pants are sold based on waist and inseam measurements; dress shirts based on collar size and sleeve length; suits on shoulder width and height variation; and so on. And there’s just one men’s section called, conveniently, “the men’s section.” Women’s clothing is sold by rather arbitrary sizes that vary widely from designer to designer and is then put into bizarre categories like Juniors, Misses, Petite, and, oddly, Women–the latter of which, the best I can determine, the equivalent of “husky.” While women of Megan’s proportions are, sadly, rare, women do come in varying heights. Why doesn’t their clothing?
As to clearance sales and such, it’s not surprising that the unpopular sizes are always what’s available. I do find it strange that stores continue to stock so much in those sizes, though, year after year. Does anyone actually wear, for example, a size Small t-shirt? Even 97-pound weaklings wear a Large. I know some stores get forced to buy clothing in lots and thus don’t have so much control over the amount of each size they get. But, surely, J. Crew is large enough to demand to stock orders properly?