There are lots of theories out and about why we’ve gotten so rotound in the last….uhhh….lifetime in the Western world. The Standard American Diet has much to contribute. I was pondering today if the Standard American Wardrobe might have a place in the conundrum of corpulence, too.
At a meeting this afternoon, a nice offical lady was presenting from a Powerpoint. I was looking over her suit instead of listening. She wore a black knee length skirt (or sheath?) with a grey tweedy jacket over it. The jacket was what bothered me: sleeves much to long, the armscyes all wonked and shoulders too wide. The lady in question is maybe a size 6 or so. She could have walked into any boutique and wear what she wanted. I have worn few professional jackets in my lifetime, precisely because it is so blinking hard to find one that fits properly.
My overactive brain jumped to the next idea. What if…our mass-produce clothing that fits badly allows us the laziness of gaining weight?
Elastic. Knit fabrics. T-shirts.
We’ve grown so accustomed to clothing that constricts where it shouldn’t and flops around where it shouldn’t, that we’ve forgotten what a flattering wardrobe actually does to the rest of our self-image. I remember a chapter from Little Town on the Prairie where Ma and Laura are sewing dresses for Mary to attend boarding school. They used paper patterns, but had to alter them because, “No one was exactly the same size.”
In my own life…I must confess to being lazy with my weight management after switching to skirts & dresses. Its easier to hide those extra 10 15 pounds under a jumper. Waistbands be darned.
What do you all think? If all you had to wear depended upon you staying within 5 pounds of a certain (healthy) weight, would it motivate you to restrain your gluttony?