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Does 'What’s On the Inside' Really Matter?

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One afternoon, my friend found herself in between school drop off and bus pick up. She was kid-free and near the mall.

With a purse on her shoulder and a grin on her face, she decided to go shopping.

Once inside, she made a beeline for a women’s clothing store so she could look for something new for herself instead of getting pulled into a kid’s store with an invisible but powerful force.

She found some clothes. She tried them on. She was especially pleased with a black dress that was fitting her nicely.

She looked at herself from different angles in the dress. She twirled around. She actually considered buying it.

She carefully slipped it off and put her own clothes back on. She started to make a pile of “maybes” and “go backs.”

As she reached for the tag to check the price on the dress, instead of finding the dollar amount, her eyes fixated on a single word on the tag, maternity.

Her ears burned with disbelief. She was confused. “They carry MATERNITY here?” She whispered quietly. She now looked at the dress like it was kryptonite.

She quickly gathered the heap of clothing and hung it all on the rack at the entrance of the dressing room. She didn’t purchase anything and couldn’t wait to get out of the store.

She called me shortly after the shopping incident occurred. Many retailers do carry the same style of clothing in both maternity and regular sizes but her reaction seemed justified to me.

I don’t care how well something fits, if I am not pregnant or haven’t recently given birth I’m not wearing maternity clothes.

Have you ever rejected buying an article of clothing because your normal size is a little snug but you refuse to go up a size?

No, me either. That just seems silly.

Or does it?

Have you ever been tempted to shop a certain brand because their clothes run big and you can get away with buying a smaller size?

How many women do you think will cut a tag out of the inside of their clothes? Are you guilty of this? What is the fascination with size anyway?

Do the numbers on the inside have that much influence on how you feel?

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