This blog is going to be for all the ladies out there today. I (Andrea) can’t really speak for the men, though I’m going to assume they have similar struggles. But today, it’s a girly post.
I am generally average in height and weight. I have my awkward dress moments. If I buy something to fit on top, it balloons out at the bottom. If I buy something that fits the bottom, it’s too small for the top. So normally, I’m a 2-piece outfit kind of gal.
The one evil struggle I face comes with things like nylons, tights and any kind of hosiery. And I have been wondering - is it just me? Am I so different that there just isn’t anything out there for me?
A few months ago I was out shopping for some socks and came across a pair of fleece-lined tights. Awesome. Warm for the winter and I could wear them along with a dress for the holidays. It’s a win-win. But there was one problem. The size.
One size fits all.
Does that term scare you? Because it scares the hell out of me. What does that mean, one size fits all? Who is this mysterious All they’re referencing? According to a recent study, I’m actually a little smaller than the All. Which would lead me to believe that anything that says “One size fits All” would be larger on me than that All it should be.
But I call foul. Or bullshit. Yes, bullshit. Because “One Size Fits All” is a lie. I brought the tights home and when it came time to wear them, the true All was discovered. Miss All was a woman of about 4’11”. Maybe shorter. No matter how hard I struggled, I could not pull these damn tights up. (And yes, they were women’s tights - not girl’s.)
I thought about my sisters and sisters-in-law. We are all different heights and different weights. I’m pretty sure these tights wouldn’t have fit any of them.
So why the hell am I telling you about my silly hosiery nightmare? Well, I really want to drive home the idea that one size doesn’t fit all. In any aspect of your life. This company that made these tights wasn’t speaking to me and my “all.” They had some different “all” in mind. And their all didn’t fit the average American woman. How is that good business?
And when you’re in your own business, you have to remember to think about sizing things up the same way, too. Yes, you can’t be everything for everyone, but you should be everything to the audience that wants your services or products. Otherwise, just who are you selling to?
Tell me your one-size-didn’t fit all story below.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.