First, why do clothing manufacturers think there are no 9 year olds? It astounds me. My 8.5 year old is my oldest, so maybe parents of older children already know some work around for this phenomena, but for me, the secret of the no-size-9 is completely puzzling.
I cannot find a swim suit to fit my daughter.
Admittedly, I shop for girls swimsuits primarily at Target, but this is not a Target-only issue. I’ve shopped Old Navy and other stores online and it just does not exist. You’ve got your 7-8s and your 10 -12s, or sometimes the gap is narrowed, and you’ve got your 7-8s and your 10-11s. But where the hell is the size 9?????
I know the 7-8 is too small -- her cute little booty hangs right out. But the 10-12 leaves big gaps everywhere it shouldn’t. Is my job really to decide between the obscenely too small and the obscenely too big?
Where is the 9 year old love?
Second thing. Why, when you by a new pair of jeans, do they put the size sticker (you know, the clear one with the size repeated 8 times vertically) down the middle of the back of the leg? Yes, they are helpful when you are shopping, if they happen to be displayed horizontally, on a shelved rack, but they rarely are. If they’re not, if they’re displayed on the usual circular rack, the transparent sticker is completely unnecessary overkill. You’ve already looked at the top of the jeans that clearly advertise the size and price tag, you have no use for the back-leg sticker.
So little use, in fact. that you often even forget it’s even there. Case in point, I wore some new jeans to work a few weeks ago. I arrived about 7:45 am, and jetted out about 1:00 pm for some lunch. I ordered ahead, like always, and when picking up the order in the express line, I had some kind soul tap me on the shoulder to tell me the (god damn) back-leg vertical size sticker was still affixed to the pant leg of my jeans. (Yes, I'd only been at work for 5 hours!). Not only that, as embarrassing as it was, but I’d bought three new pair of jeans that shopping trip, with each displaying a different size, in increasing size order. Doesn’t it just figure that the biggest of that number was the one I was unknowingly advertising?