[QUOTE=magnolia1973;1144705]A lot of popularity with drafts/draft crosses/warmbloods. I think most female riders are pretty self conscious about their size/horse ratio.[/QUOTE]
They probably are. I know when I was riding hunter/jumpers as a teenager, we had a hell of a time finding horses tall enough to fit my long legs. I looked utterly ridiculous on anything shorter than 16 or 16.1. And I was always horribly self-conscious about my height compared to the shorter girls in class. They could ride anything and look lovely; I was always sure I looked just like the Jolly Green Giant riding a goat.
Yeah... you just about can't sell hunter jumpers smaller than 16H now. Everyone loves to be on enormous horses.
I have three horses now and the "small" one is a 16H TB.
The tallest is a 17H appaloosa. Go figure.
It's part of the "fat acceptance" movement.
People in North American jogged themselves senseless while constricting their calories to semi-starvation levels, and that didn't work...so now they just change the label. Sneaky. ;)
[QUOTE=Sandra in BC;1144040]Because men wear their pants [B]under[/B] their waist/belly. When you're apple shaped the hip measurement doesn't change as drastically. You just cinch the belt tighter.[/QUOTE]
This makes sense. I didn't consider the high/low rise aspect. I much prefer wearing clothes at the actual waist so I have at least a little flexibility of movement.
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The weirdest thing is that they seem to be vanity sizing shoes now. I swear, I used to be a 9.5 in some shoes, now I end up in 8's and even 7.5's in a lot of cases. I haven't needed a 9 in a couple of years....[/QUOTE]
Yes! I understand the whole point from a retail marketing perspective of vanity sizing for clothing, but why on earth do we need it for shoes? I used to be a size 8, now I'm a 7, sometimes even a 6.5. And I can fit into kids size 5 shoes as well. I have similar issues with bras. My boobs still fit into my old bras, but now when I shop I have to look at bras at least 1 cup size up. So frustrating!
[QUOTE=Badkty22;1277676]Yes! I understand the whole point from a retail marketing perspective of vanity sizing for clothing, but why on earth do we need it for shoes? I used to be a size 8, now I'm a 7, sometimes even a 6.5. And I can fit into kids size 5 shoes as well. I have similar issues with bras. My boobs still fit into my old bras, but now when I shop I have to look at bras at least 1 cup size up. So frustrating![/QUOTE]
What I have found now that I am no longer heavy with inflamed feet is that shoes are wider than before I had those issues. It suits me fine, because I never used to be able to fit into fashion shoes, and now I am able to wear standard sizes, rather than wide ones like I used to wear as a kid. I think it has something to do with significantly heavier people having feet made larger by the action of gravity.
Well, I used to just wear regular shoes and think dress shoes=pain. Now that I have discovered wide sizes I can be comfortable. I'm definitely not overweight (5'5" and the heaviest I have ever been was 130ish, currently 118ish).
Seriously, what the hell is going on with vanity sizing? It is getting even worse. I went sweater shopping and stopped at the Gap. Found 2 sweaters I liked, but only in Small.... eyeballed them and bought them along with a T-Shirt in s size small.
The T-shirt is huge- it's like a damn sack and the sweaters are also large thru the mid section, though the arms fit.
So basically, their small size is somewhat roomy on a 170 lb woman, technically "overweight". I have big boobs, broad shoulders and nothing about me strikes anyone as "small". What do actual straight up small people wear? I realize at this point I have some body dysmorphia, but this is ridiculous. I do have some old XL shirts and they are almost the same size. So annoying!