There are few things I hate shopping for worse than pants. Most women might immediately respond with bathing suits, but I disagree. Life does not require bathing suits. You may not need one for years. But, pants, yeah, they are pretty much a necessity.
Women’s pants aren’t as straight forward as men’s. Men just go off of some measurements and call it good. Women must try to determine what size they are and even then it is a crap shoot. Every single pair of pants seem to be sized differently. It isn’t just a little variance either. It could be up to three or four sizes different. Seriously?
If that torture wasn’t enough, if you have any kind of bottom, you are subjected to the waist gap. You have to buy a larger pant size to fit your bottom, but then the waist doesn’t fit. Thankfully, this issue is starting to be addressed as manufacturers realize that some women have bottoms. Bottoms are now even being encouraged. I can’t tell you how many “How To” Pins I see on Pinterest about building a round butt.
Some might say that big bottoms were celebrated long before now with Sir Mix-A-Lot’s song, “Baby Got Back” (which, I cannot lie, is on my running playlist), but clothing makers took much longer to get on the bottom band wagon (I use the wagon idiom a lot in various forms, maybe I should look up its origins, or find a new idiom).
Unfortunately, this does not help the issue of pant sizes. Pant sizes still vary, just now you have to make sure whatever pant size you find is also curvy. It’s a nightmare.
I am increasing my pants torture by deciding to wear shorts this summer. I haven’t worn shorts outside my house for a few years, except while running. I’m just going to say it. Cellulite. Cellulite is why I don’t wear shorts. I guess when I run I just hope my legs are moving fast enough that people can’t see it, but then, I still jiggle.
I don’t know why it’s fine to wear shorts while running but not anywhere else.
I decided this summer, cellulite was not going to hold me hostage any longer. I bought a couple of pairs of shorts.
It isn’t a horrible gap, so I am keeping the shorts because I love them other than that pesky little problem (and that they are shorts).
But, I run fairly consistently now, I lost inches around every place I measure, I built some muscle definition in my arms (which has nothing to do with shorts, but I want to mention it anyway), and I want to wear shorts.
I don’t want my sometimes shaky body image to dictate what I wear. I am breaking free and wearing what I want. I’ll fake it until the confidence comes. That’s what they say, right?
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