The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 September 2004

Size matters

A question from J Bowen of No Watermelons Allowed:

Large men wear larger sized clothes than smaller men. Are you with me so far?

Large men on average are taller than smaller men. Was that controversial?

Then why on earth are the large sizes always at the bottom of the stack, with the runt sizes on top? Isn't that exactly bass-ackwards?

Well, yeah, if you're designing for convenience. On the other hand, if you'd like the stack to have some sort of stability, you put the heavier items (larger sizes contain more material and therefore weigh more) toward the bottom.

Okay, it's a minor thing — we're not talking differences of forty to fifty percent here — but gravity doesn't cut any slack.

Alternative explanation: Smaller chaps are pickier and will go through more items before buying, leaving their discards on the top; larger fellows are just happy to see something their size.

Whatever the reason, it's no less true of specialty shops that cater specifically to Big Guys, either; 1X is seemingly always higher in the stack than 4X.

Posted at 12:40 PM to Dyssynergy

Also, there are more smaller chaps (as they say, I say normal-sized) shopping, so someone in the business of selling stuff would put the higher volume (in sales terms, not physical volume) stuff in easier reach (or in this case, placed for easier access). Sorta like putting the sugary cereals at about 3 feet from the floor in a supermarket.

Terkish Payne, but what do I know? I don't buy clothes. The shorts I'm wearing now, I got in 91, when they were pants, at that was at an Army Surplus joint.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 4:09 PM on 4 September 2004

I thought you were wearing the stuff from Uncle Turkey?

Posted by: wamprat at 4:16 PM on 4 September 2004

I like to think the skinny folks aren't strong enough to lift the things on top to get to the things on the bottom.

Posted by: Jan at 9:18 PM on 5 September 2004