by Black Jade » Aug 29, 2011 This is a rant. Anybody else know what I'm talking about? I'm a grown woman, 5 ft 3 and 140, which the last time I looked, was a not kids' sized. I think 5 ft 4 is actually average height and 140 lbs at this height is not super-skinny. It's actually very near to the top of what weight and BMI charts say is acceptable weight for this height, within two or three pounds. Literally. So how come I have trouble buying adult sized clothes, in the misses dept unless I go very high end designer and spend lots of money? Don't tell me to go petite, that's a bad joke; petite pants nowadays are so long that I need to hem them 3-4 inches and they are still mostly too wide in the hips, unless the waistband is so tight it's cutting into me (and often there's no way to alter the waist). I got used to wearing junior clothes for the best fit some time ago, when I CAN--junior clothes are often ridiculous looking on anybody older than 20 and I'm over 50. I don't like sequins on my butt. Nor I like the very very very low waists. But why is it that I now fit little kid clothes? Isn't a twelve year old who is five foot three and 140 lbs unusually well-grown, shall we say, even with the US having expanding sizes? Plus I hate little kid clothes. They are usually made of truly cheesy fabric, since the idea is that the kid won't be in them long, that they will GROW. Yet, the last four or five times that I've bought logo shirts, all of those supposed to be for adults are swimming on me. Last week I went to buy a skirt and the only plain navy blue one that fit well was in the kiddie department (meant for a school uniform, actually). It's annoying and inconvenient--and I'm not so badly off as some, because I do know how to sew and alter. Plus--this is really the question of the day--what are women doing who are actually truly small? Like five feet tall and 98 pounds. There are actually lots of women like that, and not 'only' Asian. If 5 ft 3 and 140 lbs can't find clothes, what do they get to wear? Toddler? I knew there was a problem five years ago when we bought our dining set and my legs dangled from it AND I couldn't lean my back against the back and the seat was twice as wide as I am. But I could still find clothes to wear at that time. Adult clothes. This is quite a RECENT phenomenom. Size labelling makes it worse since when I complain people tell me that such an such a store sells tiny sizes (and I repeat, I am NOT tiny) and then when I go there the sizes say they are small, but the clothes actually are not. They fit big. In my case, there are still some places where I can find clothes. But the kiddie department is getting to be a regular thing, and that's scary. Anybody know what I'm talking about? I went out to work completely dressed in kiddie clothes today and thus the rant--I am feeling QUITE upset. If you live in a city like New York, don't answer this. I know there are lots of clothes my size there (so you probably won't even know what I'm talking about). But I'm not there. I'm in middle America. And I don't want to pay New York prices AND the cost of travelling there everytime I shop.