This is the second thing I got from Beacon’s Closet – a jersey dress with cute birds and pockets! It’s by Marc by Marc Jacobs and it is the single most ridiculous example of vanity sizing I have ever seen. It’s a size XS. And it’s not even tight! Anywhere. For reference, I am usually an M or L (the other tunic I got was an L), a large UK size 12, or a 14 at the bottom. Last time a normal XS would have fit me I was probably about 11. And I am 6 months pregnant! Quite what actual really small (or even just small) people are meant to be wearing from this brand I don’t know.
I do wonder if vanity sizing is more of a problem in the US. A huge amount of the stuff in Beacon’s Closet was extra small, or sizes 0 or 2. It initially made me wonder if all the Brooklyn hipsters were on starvation diets, but then I realised that XS can mean literally anything. So I stopped looking at the labels and just held things up to see if they looked about right, and that’s how I found this!
The photo location is Central Park by the way. We had waffles from this Belgian themed van called Waffles and Dinges. They weren’t quite up to Belgian standards (the ones from the vans in Brussels were caramelised all the way round, this one just at the edges), but they did have way more toppings (the dinges, not a word I had heard in Belgium, maybe a Flemish thing?) and the vendor was just about the most enthusiastic person I’ve ever met! It was quite funny too, there was a Flemish family in front of us in the queue, who were pissing themselves at all the pseudo Flemish branding. Apparently there’s a few of these vans around NYC, and one of them does the gauffres de Bruxelles – the square, fluffy type that has to be freshly made, as opposed to the gauffres de Liege, which is premade and then just warmed up and caramselised when ordered. Sadly not this one though!
* dress – Beacon’s closet * sandals – camper * scarf – swap * bag – Dave made it *