Much as it pains me to admit, I’m back to wearing fat girl clothes, mostly badly fitting pants, big shirts and non-clingy sweaters. I don’t have any real idea of what fits and what doesn’t, other than that the pants are looking ridiculous. The ones that more or less fit me looked like clown pants by the time I got home.
It’s discouraging to be very round and short, with a hanging belly that puts my waist lower in front than in the back – because that means that pants with zippers just do not work. Given that, finding pants that are comfortable but still look even moderately appropriate has been impossible.
I’m too big right now to fit into the things I wore last year, and haven’t been able to find things that I could actually wear out of the store. So I’m shopping mostly online, waiting until packages arrive to try things on and then returning the things that don’t fit. I don’t want to spend a lot of money to get clothes in my bigger size, even if I can find them. But I do need some pants that don’t make me look or feel stupid. And hopefully that will be even warm, because the colder mornings are upon us and winter is just around the corner.
The problem is that most if it fits weirdly. Even I know that clown pants are not in for the well dressed librarian. I can’t bear to have things be tight on me because I feel fatter, but I also know that loose clothing makes you look bigger than you are. It’s a conundrum.
But I don’t know how to find a look that will work; the best I can do is get good pieces, usually sweaters that “float away from the body at the hips” — which is a lot easier to describe than it is to find when you are in the really big sizes.
I’ve watched Stacy and Clinton for years and see them pull outfits together all the time. They just don’t do it from my closet or the clothes that are readily available. I’m always stumbling at trying to figure out what I have that’s appropriate, that isn’t too hot or too casual, that I can change easily with a scarf or some other snazzy accessory. Those aren’t sitting around the house because I’m bad at figuring them out, too. I’ve never been good at or particularly interested in girl stuff.
Although I don’t want to be subjected to the shredding that happens to people in the 360 mirror when S&C tear their existing clothes to pieces, I really could use someone to help me how to make it work for ME, at my current size. It’s hard to not be able to go into stores, or even buy from catalogs, and have things fit well. But for me to really know if they do, I guess I need to understand what that means for my body.
I need someone to tell me all this with honesty and caring, while not also saying, “you know, it would be a lot easier if you were thinner.” Because I already know that. And I know that gaining weight or just redistributing the body shape is the answer, but that isn’t going to help me find pants for right now that don’t look like clown rejects. I wish I had a magic wand to make Tim Gunn appear and “make it so.”