While I love her dearly, the sad fact is that after this much time and gravity (and her birthing 3 wonderful kids), neither of us can fit into the clothes that we wore on the big day in 1985.
I also suck at picking out clothes for her as gifts!
So what am i to do? Simple, I have never stopped buying my bride of many years the same sizes that she wore on our first honeymoon. That way, even though I know she hates the color and style of the blouse that I just bought her, she has a great reason to return it. She also thinks that I compliment her on her size. When she says “You know I can’t wear that size anymore”, I simply reply “But you have been working out and dieting. It looked like you were back to your old size again!”
She isn’t a dumb woman. I am sure that she totally gets that I am doing this. It still is a great way to save face for all of us and and I always get an appreciative thank you at the end.
P.S. The corrollary to all of this is NEVER give your wife the wrong size TOO large! The first time you are dumb enough to make that mistake, you will adopt my strategy for life. Even rummaging through her closet for sizes doesn’t work due to the different cuts and she just may have dropped a size and you didn’t realize it. Play safe – go small. And if you have given your wife the wrong size that is too large:
How is it sleeping on the couch?