I have a couple of problems. See, as the months go by, and I lose more weight, my clothes are getting looser and looser (yes, I realize most people don’t consider this a problem), but as someone who prides herself on dressing well this is a very large (no pun intended) issue.
Tell me, how can a clothes horse have no clothes?
When I started down the journey towards a healthier me back in October, I had a lot of clothes. A lot of clothes I really, really loved, and it was one of the reasons I was so hesitant to hop on the weight loss bandwagon. Finding something to wear was not a problem; I knew my size down pat, what style of clothing looked good on me, and which stores would have what I wanted.
In March, I had my First Great Closet Purge. It was time to tackle the beast and get rid of all those clothes dragging me down. I invited my best friend over, we had a beer or two, and removed every piece of clothing from my closet and drawers. It was pretty epic and what followed was many hours of trying on, crying, deciding if I could part with something that made me look like a tent, and finally saying “f*ck it, they’ve gotta go!”. (There were several more slightly less legendary clothing purges after that). Needless to say, my closet has been whittled down to a third of what it was.
Which brings me to my current conundrum. Shopping.
Problem #1: Buying new clothes.
Since the beginning of my closet purge, I’ve been on a fairly constant search for new clothes. Now, I like shopping, I like trying on clothes, but I’m in between sizes. Those size 18’s are just a touch too tight and the size 20’s are just a little too loose to be flattering. The obvious solution here was the Lane Bryant Right Fit line of pants and jeans as I’m buying to fit my hips (not my waist), but Lane Bryant is made of Epic Fail. They’re in the midst of changing their Right Fit line, although, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. Why go and change the first line of pants that actually fits a woman’s curves? Talk about fixing something that isn’t broken!!! Fail, Lane Bryant, Fail. So glad I’m nearly done with you.
Then there’s the whole “being on the verge of shopping in the Misses section again” thing. Talk about daunting! I ventured into the misses section at Target yesterday and felt completely overwhelmed. Too many choices and part of me felt like everyone was staring, laughing, and saying “what’s that fat girl doing in here? She should go back to the heifer section”.
And I have an issue buying pieces that don’t quite fit. I spent so many years battling urges to buy something that was “so cute”, but would only look good if I “just lost those ten pounds”. It was a hard lesson to learn driven home by multiple shopping excursions that culminated in me giving away perfectly good, unworn clothing because it never fit me in the first place and I’d gained weight instead of losing it.
Problem #2: Current Styles of Clothing and I’m way too freaking picky
My style has been years in the making. It’s pretty specific and I buy to fit that style. If a piece doesn’t fit with my style, it’s going back on the rack. Doesn’t matter how good it looks on me.
Shopping, recently, has been an exercise in frustration. If they have my size, they only have clothes in this god-awful 80’s fad showing up everywhere. Skinny acid-washed jeans? Stirrup pants? Off the shoulder t-shirts? It’s a childhood nightmare come back to haunt me. I mean, I hated the 80’s in the 80’s, I have to hate it now too? Come on, I have hips and skinny ankles, in what world do skinny jeans look good on me?
Finally, it is not in my nature to buy throw away clothing. No matter how many times my mother tells me to hit up the Goodwill or Walmart for new clothes, I always chafe at the suggestion. It’s not that there aren’t great finds at Goodwill or Walmart, but they’re few and far between. I’m happy to pass on the clothes to my friends and the local Women’s Shelter that I’ve sized out of, and I have several friends who have staked claim to most of my old wardrobe.
Honestly, I feel like there should be a Problem #3 since two problems don’t seem like nearly enough to go ranting on and on over, but that’s all there is. I am, however, happy to report that I finally found a couple pairs of work pants at Kohl’s which – oh my god – actually fit! It’s amazing how pants that fit correctly make you look like you’ve lost even more weight. Go fig. Ha!
Hope everyone’s weekends have treated them well! I’m off to do a Bellydance workout and relax!