There's a typo on this sizing label

This is why it's hard for me to shop in Asia. Here's a page from a Korean fashion magazine.

"For small size"
small size model

"For big size"
plus size model

Let's get a closer look at the plus-size model - plus size model

Do you see the same thing I see? She's not plus-sized! She's normal. She's healthy. She looks like she could stand up to a strong wind and possibly play soccer with guys. And in Asia she's a plus-size model. And we won't even talk about those God-awful clothes they're making the "big" girl wear.

It's depressing.

I try to avoid shopping in Beijing but sometimes I just have to. And occasionally I walk into a store and ask about a particular item and the sales clerk says something seemingly-innocent like, "Wait a sec, I think I have a XXXL in the back. Let me see if I can find it."

No way, sister. I am from the land of vanity sizing and I know my rights.

"Uh-uh, don't even bring something out here that says XXXL because I am not wearing it, even if it fits."

I'm out the door before they can even offer an XXL that might fit me, we could try. Whatever.

Comments:

LOL.

When we made clothes in ERI, I always specified using "Euro-America" sizing. That's how I can get away from an L, or XL, instead of XXXL.

My kids are "L" in Asian sizes.

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on November 09, 2008 at 05:08 PM CST #

Well since you brought it up, Sin-Yaw, that pink polo shirt that we got for last year's 7th anniversary? XXXL. I asked Grace to cut the tag out but I guess she thought I was kidding.

Posted by melanie gao on November 10, 2008 at 04:23 AM CST #

Oh dear! Seriously.

Reminds me of a shop in Colorado that sold Tibetan apparel & gifts. A very cool looking pair of pants drew me into the store. The sizing was unclear, so I asked the shop owner about it. His response "These pants can fit a woman larger than you!" Gee, thanks! I managed to not advise him that he needs to work on his sales pitch to Western women.

Posted by Skrocki on November 12, 2008 at 09:30 PM CST #

So true Skrocki! What would have been wrong with a simple, "Oh, these pants would be much too big for a slender woman like you!"

Posted by Melanie Gao on November 14, 2008 at 03:26 AM CST #

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