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Nov 06 2008

Fashion plate

I hate shopping for clothes. I can never find what I’m looking for, and when I do it’s never in my size. And if it actually is in my size, then I can guarantee that it will shrink in the wash and I’ll suddenly have a 3/4 sleeve crop top where once was a lovely long sleeved hit below the hip shirt.

When I see budgets that have $300 a month or more for clothing, I’m just awed. Really? You find $300 worth of clothing you liked, that fit you, and that will hold up? Every month? Wow. When I hear of great finds at consignment stores or Goodwill/Salvation Army, I’m envious. Really? You found clothing you liked, that fits, and that will hold up? When I hear of women lending clothes to one another, I’m amazed. Really? You and your friend are the same size and have the same tastes?

Lucky.

So I put off the excursion as long as possible, until I can no longer go out in public with the gaping hole in the knee of my favorite jeans. The ones that fit these long legs, big hips/ass, and narrow waist. Until my lovely shirts are showing not only the muffin top, but the muffin top on top of the muffin top (note to self, lay off the Halloween candy…and do remember that wine is not calorie-free). Until the time comes that there is nothing weather and occasion appropriate for dressy situations. Until I have essentially nothing to wear, because the three outfits that work are all in the laundry, and I’m relegated to going out in public in yoga pants (that shrank in the wash), one of the suddenly shortened shirts, and a hoodie that fit once upon a time. I don’t carry the flood victim look well.

I’m bumping up against a clothing excursion and I’m not terribly thrilled. I don’t like going. I have no one to go with (I’d rather go naked than go with Tom and the boys), I rarely find what I’m looking for, and I’m tired of the cost vs. style vs. quality argument that goes on in my head. But it must be done; the muffin top look is scaring the children (won’t someone think of the children? Sob…). And my back is starting to hurt from trying to hunch down a bit to keep the shirt from riding up. (Note to clothing manufacturers: Would it kill you to add an extra inch of fabric? Yes? Then how about ensuring that the freaking fabric doesn’t shrink? ‘Cause that would make me a customer for life. Something to think about, ‘k? Smooches!)

So I’ll go sometime this month, around Tom’s travel schedule. And then the holidays will hit. And then nothing will fit. But I’ll have a lovely muffin top to show off!

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  1. Heather

    I am no fan of shopping. I try really hard to enjoy myself the few times a year I go to look for stuff just for myself, but end up feeling bad about my appearance and spending all my money on the boys.

  2. Molly

    You are singing my song, Sister!

    ps
    I hate my dueling muffin tops

  3. Kim/hormone-colored days

    LOL. I’m with you and Heather. I had a great experience with a Nordstrom personal shopper this past summer, but that’s because I needed clothes and had somewhere to go. So few people see me on any given day that I’m reluctant to spend money to buy cute clothes. Hmmm. Maybe if I had cute clothes I would get out more. I’ll worry about that little experiment after my husband finds a job!

  4. Lisa

    I’m with ya, Sista!! I had intended to post about this months ago, but my darling brother and his girlfriend surprised me with a new wardrobe right before school started. And, I mean a FULL wardrobe, right down to some new shoes! Oddly enough, my sister also bought me a few pairs of pants and a couple of tops the same week. I guess they were all trying to tell me something…. Whatever! I’m just glad I didn’t have to step foot in ONE single store, and now I have all new clothes! Yay!

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