Okay, I swear this post has nothing to do with the fact that I’m about 25lbs over my ideal weight. A couple weeks ago, I made the decision that I needed to accept my body the way it is currently, knowing that I’ll continue to work toward my goal through healthy eating and exercise. I walk into stores knowing that I’m going to get a Large or XL, and a &$#* dress size. Woops! Slip of the fingers! 😉
So today, with the nanny looking after the baby, I set off for the mall all by myself for four whole hours. After trying on a million things, I came home with 1 sweater, 1 cardigan, 1 trendy top, 1 jaunty hat, and a new pair of sunglasses (because the baby tossed my last pair out of the stroller when I wasn’t paying attention.)
That’s it. No pants. No dresses. No shoes. Not a single complete outfit. The worst part was that I just couldn’t find things that I even wanted. I used to walk into NY&Co, my go-to store, and immediately see a hundred things I wanted to buy and wear. Now I walk in and am accosted by crap! Drap colors, shapeless pieces, horrific patterns. So now my go-to store is no more. I’m not a Gap girl. Definitely not Abercrombie or Aeropostale gal. No Forever 21 or Wet Seal for me. Express has become hoochie central. I might find a piece or two at Kohl’s or JC Penney or Macy’s, but department stores frustrate me with their mish-mosh of “designer” clothes and ugly sweaters, so I usually give up after a short time.
Now I’m contemplating online shopping, I just don’t know where to go. So I need your help. Where do you shop? How do you buy your clothes? Do you find it easy to walk into a store and put together affordable outfits? Or do you struggle like I do to put together cohesive ensembles?