When you wear underwires, you tend to avoid anything that looks like airport security whenever possible. But what about the Me-Ality Body Scanner? I’ve been wanting to try one since I heard about it earlier this year, but at the time it only made jeans recommendations. Since then, it’s expanded to include tops, so I was thrilled when reader Jame’s guest post about her Me-Ality experience showed up in my inbox on Sunday.
Me-Ality Body Scanning Station: what a joke!
Over the weekend, I went to Sun Valley Mall to do a little shopping. I was instantly attracted to the â€œbody scan machine.â€
I wanted to see if it would work.
The process was simple: remove your belt, shoes, and metal bracelets. Hop in the scanner. Stand still for a few minutes. And out pops a clothing and size recommendations based on what is in stock at the mall. This sounds like the best thing ever. Unfortunately, it didnâ€™t work as expected.
So first up, here is a quick rundown on my stats:
Bust: 41.5 (34H-HH)
Other notes: short torso, longer legs, thicker thighs, not-flat tummy
Typical Clothing Sizes:
Knit tops: L-XL
Blazers: 16 or more depending on the amount of stretch
So Iâ€™ll admit, I am not the easiest shape to shop for. I have a tummy. I have a short torso. I am full-busted. But generally speaking, I can find plenty of dresses that fit. Skirts are pretty easy. Knits are easy. Pants and jeans are tricky. Blazers are tricky. Blouses are hit or miss. I can find stuff in stores catering to â€œmissy.â€ Dresses and tops at H&M. And I looks for pants at the low end of plus and the high end of missy.
So after I did my scan, I waited a few minutes for my results. The woman working the booth was printing the results from a touch screen computer by category. The categories were jeans, skirts, tops, sweaters, dresses (new category) and lingerie was coming soon.
So I got all of the pages back. And the results were:
2 jeans from Lane Bryant in 14/16
2 Elastic waist maxi skirts in 14/16 from Lane Bryant
1 logo hoodie from Gap in XXL
3 t-shirt type tops from Torrid in size 3
And that was it. No dresses. No non elastic waist skirts. No skirts shorter than full length. No other pants. Tops in a size that was several sizes too big. No sweaters.
I was a little surprised. It seemed like the scanner misjudged my bust measurements by around 9 inches.
It was a little depressing. In fact, if I didnâ€™t know my clothing size in many stores I would have been depressed. I would have left the mall thinking that there were less than 10 items that would fit me. And if I had tried on those Torrid tops, they would have been significantly too big.
I donâ€™t know what went wrong with the scanner, but all I know is it didnâ€™t work for me at all. Especially on the top. Maybe it works better if you arenâ€™t in limbo land at the top of Missyâ€™s and the bottom of plus-sizes.
Maybe one of you will have better luck. Have you tried Me-ality or similar scanners?