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Shopping While Being Small: From A Teen’s Perspective

by Sam P. | March 28th, 2011 | Teen Perspective

I find it very frustrating when I walk by a store like Aeropostale or Abercrombie & Fitch and see an adorable pair of shorts or jeans in the window, go in and try them on, and they don’t fit.  I, being one of the smaller girls in my grade, am just one of the many girls who have this problem. Every time I go to the mall I try on the smallest size, a double zero short,  from these stores and constantly don’t fit in them.  Luckily, it’s only the pants.  The tops fit because at these stores the style is tighter shirts.  On an average girl the shirt would be skin tight, but on someone like me it’s only clingy, not tight, which is good enough for me.

When I go shopping I buy my pants and shorts at stores like Macy’s, Justice, or JC Penney.  I buy the tops at the name brand stores like Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister, mainly because the bottoms don’t matter as much as tops.  At school people don’t “judge you” by where you buy your pants, they “judge you” by where you buy your tops.  You can go parading around school with a name brand logos plastered over your chest and people will know that you bought it at one of those stores, but with pants people can’t tell where you bought them.

Being smaller, one of the worst things you can do is buy the bottoms at the name brand stores.  If you buy them at those stores and they are supposed to be super tight skinny jeans and they don’t fit you as well as they should, the jeans will look terrible because they are supposed to be super tight and they won’t be.  You will wear them to school the next day and they will not look good, mainly because, well, they aren’t as tight as they could be.

Now I also don’t think it’s fair for the name brand stores to make all of their pants and shirts sizing based on the tall, curvy, yet skinny, girl because there are not many girls like that in the world.  Believe it or not a lot of girls in the U.S don’t fit perfectly into their sizes because they base their sizing off of the “perfect” female body.  I think that the name brand stores should also have a section in the store for shorter, less chesty girls with slimmer hips because a lot of girls go to those stores and feel terrible about their body because they don’t fit.  The same for the larger girls in the world — maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think it’s very fair to the smaller and larger girls in the world.

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  2. keamo says:

    I`m 12 years old and I like absoloutely agree. I feel like that all the time, I live in South africa and have the same problem. All cute sexy clothes are for girls with bigger busted and tall girls. It certainly makes me question my body type, I`m the shortest girl in my class and have been for like ever. It really sucks. Stores should really do something about it.

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