The answer to this dilemma, I've discovered, is elasticity. With a stretchy fabric, I can fit into ordinary sizes (8-12) whereas with non-elastic material, I'm stuck up at size 16. When shopping, the first thing I check is whether the fabric stretches or not. Even a large size might not fit my unusual shape if it won't expand where I need it to.
Imagine my surprise on a ride home from court today when I visited my favorite thrift-store and saw a cute dress. I wanted it but, checking the label, saw it's a size 0. Zero! I didn't even know there was such a small size. Certainly I could never fit my big-ass size 16 into a 0. Or could I??
The item is so cute. Amazingly adorable. I pulled and pulled on it, watching it stretch like rubber. But a size 0?? The lowest size I've ever squeezed into before was an 8. A 0??
Obviously I couldn't try it on in the store. I don't do that. I don't want to make a scene or upset anyone. So it was a gamble... will it fit? At all? It was too cute to pass up AND it was ridiculously cheap ($8). So I took a risk and brought it home.
It fits! At least enough to squeeze onto my body. Happily, it has a built-in bodysuit which keeps it from riding up my torso.
Wearing this dress makes me smile like a fool. I love its delightfully feminine character.
Can you fit into more than one size?