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This week, in the opening scene of The New Adventures of Old Christine, our nutty heroine strode into her living room, collapsed in an armchair and described her latest travesty. "I stopped to get a pair of pants, and apparently I am between sizes," she whined. Within minutes, she was eating ice cream from the container. She had to work on "moving up a size."
"Between sizes"? Is this a thing? Do some women fall, say, between a size 10 and a size 12? Are there people whose bodies don't correlate with the standard, "even" sizes, people who must constantly choose between too tight or too baggy? I had to look it up.
Turns out, there's actually been a study on this topic, conducted at University College in London about a year ago. The study enlisted over 11,000 participants (British women), measuring them on 3D bodyscanners and questioning them about clothing size. According to British Marie Claire, "the findings were conclusive. Not only had body shape shifted dramatically in the past 50 years, but many British women no longer considered themselves to be a set size."
Not surprisingly, someone has come up with an invention to alleviate the suffering of between-size women. Her name is Dana Hanh Contey, and her invention is called the Instant Button.
"As we all know, jeans were made to fit a certain type of body," writes Contey on the Instant Button Web site. "But not everybody has that type." ("They had to get the manager!" Christine cried, her voice pitching higher. "She said I had a custom shape.")
Earlier this year, Contey's "removable and reusable fashion accessory" made the rounds on morning talk shows, including The View,The TODAY Show and The Martha Stewart Show.
Old Christine, I hope you're reading this.
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