I was grumbling yesterday to my friend Phyllis about how my pants were all too long and I had to shorten them to keep them from dragging through wet puddles of snow or rain. Hemming is not my favorite thing to do and I was not amused at the idea of shortening them all. But then I remembered that I had pairs of pants the next size down, pants that I didn’t expect to wear until maybe February. Just to see how far away it might be before I can really wear them, I tried them on.
And they fit.
Well, that explains a lot and means I have a whole bunch of pants that I will soon be able to pack up and drop off at Goodwill. But it also means I have no pants left in the closet to get back down into as things progress. Which means I’ll have to go shopping for pants, something I despise because it’s so hard.
I stopped off at Dress Barn Woman this afternoon to take a look at their clothes and left knowing that I now have another place to shop. The clothes are more upscale and appropriate for me, rather than some of the poorly constructed stuff I’ve seen at Avenue. Maybe not poorly constructed, but definitely box shape. My body isn’t a box and I want clothes that let me dress in a way that works.
I bought a couple of sweaters on eBay this weekend, getting some great buys on things down a size. Things I think I can wear are turning out to be more shapeless than I realized, definitely indicating they are way too big even though I want them to fit. I would be better served to weed them out of the drawers and rotate a few different things that actually work than thinking I had clothes that fit that really don’t anymore. I hope that makes sense.
I also ordered a new winter parka down 2 sizes from the one I wore last year, on sale for 50% off. 65 lbs later, it looks ridiculous – and when I wore it this week, all the cold air swept up from underneath and I almost froze. I’m not silly enough to buy a new coat for every size but I need to be realistic about what will keep me warm up here where winter is serious business for the next 4 months.
The smaller I get, the more options will be available for picking up low-cost transitional things. I just wish my feet would consider getting narrower. Those 4E shoes are really hard to find!