Thursday, April 2, 2009

Clothes shopping

Last night out of a feeling of restlessness and the need to just move in some way, we went out to Target to let son spend some birthday money and attempt clothes shopping. I am now solidly in the normal size department( yay !!!), but I am finding I need help. After a whole life of being a big girl with no fashion choices, I am finding that I am a bigger normal size gal with absolutely no fashion sense. Because I have never had a choice with clothing except for looking like a tent or a mumu, I have aboslutely no idea what goes with what. And then there is the dilemma of what underwear works with what. Let's face it- sports bras do not work with one shoulder tops. Or perhaps they do- I really have no clue. So I spend about an hour wandering around the clothes department, baffled, feelingf sort of like an old lady in Vegas wandering from machine to machine with her cup of nickles clutched to her chest.

Now here's a thought. Remeber The Fab Five and how they took straight men with no clothing sense and transformed them into polished, well groomed adult men ? Why don't they offer to do a show called Queer Eye for the Formerly Obese Woman in Transition ? (okay, still obese but getting there). They would take this weeks subject and lead them into the world of color choices, deign options and even what footwear might go with it. Show you how to take those things that sort of resemble Amish meets leather and make them work for those exccursions to places like Doctors offices, the library and even a hot date at the grocery store. Make up tips that would allow you to take your look from Soccer Mom to Gym and then home for a smoldering evening with the washing machine. It should not be hard, but it is when you have never had an option. Because of my size , I missed the whole "Girl 101 " thing, and now I will pay for it. I have this fear that I will wind up on Mr Blackwells list of people who are not celebrities but dress badly.

But I am going to have fun learning how to change that ! I have at least figured out that sweat pants and tee shirts are not meant to wear everywhere. And that there is a variety of bra styles for a real reason. Who knew ???

3 comments:

Dutch said...

I feel the same way as you do except I am still in the 2 or 3 x sizes. I know once I get down to the large size I am going to have a hard time with fashion sense. I used to dress really well when I worked as a banker but since I have been a stay at home Mom it is just t shirts and sweats. I know once we figure it out we are going to look beautiful. Have a terrific Thursday.

the Phoenix said...

"They would take this week's subject and lead them into the world of color choices, deign options and even what footwear might go with it. Show you how to take those things that sort of resemble Amish meets leather and make them work for those excursions to places like Doctors offices, the library and even a hot date at the grocery store. Make up tips that would allow you to take your look from Soccer Mom to Gym and then home for a smoldering evening with the washing machine."

There is such a "reality" show...and the few times we've watched Stacy and Clinton(?) on What Not To Wear, we've both come away with an understanding of how unreal a stacked heel is during a 'smoldering evening with the washing machine.'

I think you're already beautiful and will end up even more so. Finding what you think is appealing (after all, you're the person wearing it) and making sure it works (size and cut matters) will ultimately get you there.

Squishy ! said...

*laughs* I have no clothing sense either. :o )