A Matter of Size

So as I mentioned in my previous post I've noticed something disturbing with the Gap and Old Navy (I've been a fan of Old N since I discovered they exist & the G is cool I guess). See back in the days their sizes only went up to XXL. For most people that's no big deal. Even for me being a big guy it wasn't a big deal. That's because I like my clothers to be big and baggy on me. So a XXL t-shirt is pretty much just right. It's nice and roomy just how I like. At least it used to be. But then again technically it still is. Just not at Old N and the Gap.

I've always been a relatively big guy. Even when I didn't weigh so much I've all was had a broad back and shoulders. So back in the days XL was the size of choice for the big and baggy shirts. Until I started working out and I got bigger and broader. Then XXL was the size of choice. And has been for the better part of a decade. Though I have gone through various weight fluctuations XXLs have always fit me fine. And technically they still do. Just not at Old N and the G.

A couple yours ago, roughly around the latter half of 2004, I got a t-shirt from Old N. XXL like I always do and it didn't fit me quite right. I had gotten it online and noticed that XXXL was now an option on most of their shirts. I didn't think much of it until that XXL t-shirt didn't fit quite right. Of course my initial reaction was, "Holy Shit I've gotten fat as hell." Um, yeah. Not so fast Biggie Smallz...

Around this same time I notice that the G had also done the same thing. While I hadn't gotten anything from the G in awhile (since it and Old N are part of the same company) I figured they had made the same changes. Of course they had (but I'm getting to that). So having a XXL that didn't fit was a little disheartening. That is until I realized that other XXL shirts still fit the way I like. Not to mention I still had old XXL shirts that fit me fine. Hell, one from the G that I've had since '98. Still fits great. Another from JCrew (not that this is about them, but they do the same thing now except they don't even offer XXLs any more, at least not that I've noticed, but I'm pretty much done with them anyway) that I have had since '95 also fits just as great. So I wasn't disheartened for long after getting some new shirts (button ups and t-shirts) from some different places and realizing XXLs still actually fit me. So what the hell was up with The G and Old N?

Apparently, they just readjusted their sizes. For no good reason what so ever. Cause now their XXXLs fit like their XXLs used to. Keep in mind I can still where everyone else's XXLs with no problems. And I do on occasion. Not to mention my older XXLs that still fit the same. Why would they change their sizes like this? I have no idea. Unless it's some conspiracy to make people feel bad. I mean, shit man, putting on a XXL shirt that doesn't fit from a place that used to make them fit is kinda fucked up. Especially, when the day before you wore another XXL that did fit from the same place. So for Old N and the G I wear a XXXL shirt. Ok, fine. I can live with that. Especially when I'm a XXL at every other store that sells them. I suppose that's better than Banana Republic, Abercrombie (racist bastards), American Eagle, Urban Outfitter (I could so have the hook up there) and Calvin Kleins punk asses. They barely even sell clothes beyond L let alone XL or XXL. They only make shit for skinny niggas. Bastards...