Want me to wear the clothes you bought? Guess what I’m…


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+4999 – This one is an ongoing thing with me and my stepfather.

My mother and stepfather got married more than 10 years ago, and the step family has been real shitty to me since day one. Why? They’re all into various types of sportsball, and I’m into all kinds of music. I’ve stopped trying to be a part of whatever they do, because they’ve actively kept me out of their plans and I’m just sick of trying.

My stepfather occasionally buys me stuff to keep the uneasy peace, but he just never fucking listens. I went from scrawny to skinny over the past few years, which means I went from wearing a size M shirt to XL for the last 4 years. I’ve told him this, my mom’s told him this, but again, listening is an issue. So he always buys shirts that are waaaaaay too small for me, and I never wear them.

A few years back he got me few t-shirts for Christmas, all a size too small. A few months later my mom mentioned that stepfather’s unhappy with the fact that I don’t wear what he bought me. I told her it’s too small, she doesn’t believe it, so I maliciously complied:

Stepfather’s birthday comes around, and we’re all going out to dinner to celebrate. All the immediate family will be there, so guess what I’m wearing to the dinner? As soon as I walked into the restaurant I knew I’d struck a home run. Not a word was said about my appearance during the dinner, but on the way out my mom approached me and said “You don’t have to wear those shirts again, they don’t look good on you.” Who’d’ve guessed it…

Here’s the ongoing part: Stepfather took a tour abroad a few weeks back, and brought back some souvenirs. Surprise surprise, I got t-shirts. And they’re 2 sizes too small this time. Guess what I’m wearing to our next family get-together?

Edit: A comment pointed out how weird this could read of you didn’t know I’m a male

Edit 2: A lot of people seem to be confused as to how a skinny person can wear an XL shirt. Apparently my shoulders are wider than average

2022-08-06 06:19:07

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  1. Be sure to insist on taking some photos with stepdad whilst wearing one of those t-shirts and post that on social media tagging him and your mother and graciously thanking him for the crop tops he bought you.

  2. As soon as he gives you one, immediately put it on and tell him thanks. And just ooze the sweetness. If it’s right in his face, he can’t claim you grew.

  3. Sorry not only that your stepfather puts you through this but that your mom does as well. 🙁

    Excellent malicious compliance. 👍

  4. I don’t think it would help but I would buy him something either 2 sizes to big or 2 sizes to small just because and get butt hurt and pouty that he didn’t wear your thoughtful gift.

    Not only does he not really think about you in size but to then get butt hurt that you don’t wear them is awfully controlling and ego centric. I might send a photo to his phone with you wearing said t shirt saying not xs but xl for me to help you remember, thank you for thinking of me.

  5. Question: are you male or female (or other)? Just because the story reads differently if the stepfather is giving too-small clothes to his stepdaughter.
    Just asking for clarification so I know whether to go “ewwwww” in my head or not

  6. >Here’s the ongoing part: Stepfather took a tour abroad a few weeks back, and brought back some souvenirs. Surprise surprise, I got t-shirts. And they’re 2 sizes too small this time.

    It’s intentional at this point.

  7. >Edit 2: A lot of people seem to be confused as to how a skinny person can wear an XL shirt. Apparently my shoulders are wider than average

    Same. Length wise, Im a medium. But my shoulders need me to wear an XL.

  8. >I went from scrawny to skinny over the past few years, which means I went from wearing a size M shirt to XL

    Are you tall? Are you in a country where XL isn’t for people with a bunch of either muscle or fat?

  9. Re: Edit 2: People in this thread that don’t understand the Big & Tall struggle of “pick only 2” when you are talking shirt length, fit around and arm fit for a shirt.

    Things are getting SLIGHTLY better after the styles changed about 15 years ago, but I will still get gift t-shirts from my Mom that she “got a deal on” that only check two of the boxes. When I am buying for myself I get brands like Berne that pretty obviously have a core customer base of larger people.

  10. My Mom does this with my Sons. They are both right over 6’ and thin but with wide shoulders and muscle tone so they wear L/XL depending on the shirt. She buys them M and they just return them for something that fits. Nothing we say works.

  11. Are they tight enough to do a “Hulk” & rip out of it? If not try washing in hot water to shrink, could also add a few rips before hand, lol

  12. It’s a small thing but I’m disappointed your mom went from reminding him to assuming you’re lying.

    Even if you’re lying about the shirts, that means they’re something you don’t want to wear and you’re trying to be polite, the insistance really doesn’t make sense to me.

  13. I’ve always bought XL shirts for this similar reason. The length of the shirts for a L or M are too short, even for a skinny person. Ask your stepdad to stop buying shirts. Or, stop buying you anything. “I appreciate the gifts, but that is not my love language.” Give that a try.

  14. Info-have you ever asked him why he keeps buying shirts too small? And if so what does he say? I am truly curious.

  15. Why don’t u better return the favor in kind.. say trousers alterted to short legs for him? Insist him to wear them, it will be fun

  16. My husband is 165 pounds at his heaviest. But he is 6’5”. Pant size is a 29X36. He wears an XLT shirt. And he is super healthy not sickly scrawny.

  17. I have had a step mother since I was 9, now 51. She used to try and make me eat fish, rice and lima beans even though I insisted I didn’t like them. To this day, she still serves it when I am over – I still don’t eat fish, rice or lima beans