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The Dressing Room Revelations

Friday, March 04, 2011

I never realized how much shopping used to drain me. I would normally find really cute clothes, wished that I didn't have to shop in the 'women's plus' section and wonder why they didn't make larger versions of 'normal sized' clothes. What do clothing designers think that all large people want to wear shirts that look like a tent? That they don't want something that shows off their cleavage? That they have no style or care what they wear?

Let me give you some background. I have a lot of clothes. When I say a lot, I mean that I have to normally swap out my winter & summer clothes cause they won't all fit in my closet at the same time. I love clothes. I always have, I always will. I also love shoes but I will save that for another blog entry.

I think that I used to just be so relieved when I would find something in my size that I actually liked I would buy a few of them in different colors if that were an option. I would be confined to the XXL section of Target with those pesky bright pink tags for the shirts & I would find myself shuffling through the women's plus section at Ross only to find shirts that really no one should wear, ever.

My style is much closer to boutique than mainstream. I don't like looking plain, I love patterns, ruffles and something that you wouldn't see just anyone wearing. The problem was, finding unique shirts in plus-sizes was draining. I didn't realize that until last night when I took a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip to Ross.

I had not been shopping for a while for anything that new for myself. I didn't want to buy a ton of cute new clothes at a certain size in case that meant that I got stuck there. That somehow buying new clothes that fit well would cement me at that weight forever. My mind changed when I realized that my shirts are no longer flattering since they hang off my body in weird ways and make me look larger than I actually am since they are so roomy now.

My starting sizes were:
Pants: 20
Shirt: XXL
Dress: 18/20

Last night:
Pants: (I didn't actually try any on, but I have 14s that look amazing and even a 12 in another brand that are spanking hot)
Shirt: L
Dress: 13 (in Juniors - 14 in women's was too large)

I tried on at least 10 shirts that all looked amazing last night. Before I started losing weight, I remember wondering why skinny girls didn't have 1 million clothing items. I was sure that I would if I was their size and could fit into and buy whatever I wanted. I realized last night, that because of my difficulty to find cute clothes I was 'hoarding' the good ones that I did find. 'Hoarding' for lack of a better word (no not hoarding like the show) but it was such a rare occasion that I would find anything that 1.FIT & 2.I actually liked - I would HAVE to have it.

I only got 3 shirts last night (I'm still a girl on a budget). The ones that I didn't totally LOVE I put back. I conquered that big girl clothes hoarder since I know that a large shirt is not my end size, and I don't intend on stocking my wardrobe until I reach my goal.

But I still want to look fabulous along the way :) I found a beautiful, cute, dainty white sundress that was a size 13 in juniors. I also grabbed a size 14 women's just in case it didn't fit, but it did, and looked amazing, and I bought it (totally justifiable since I am wearing it wine tasting this weekend hehe).

I will post pictures soon of the shirts & dress that I actually bought but in the meantime:

Cute new gym onsom = me going to the gym more

Shirt that didn't make the cut

Cherry blossoms for springtime! Yes I painted them myself :)

Ready for the summertime!

Foggy morning drive :)

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    emoticon Diggin the toe nail polish!
    3436 days ago
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    Congrats! Pretty nails by the way.
    3437 days ago
    Yay for new sizes! You've made great progress! Keep up the good work! :)
    3438 days ago
    Congrats on the great shopping finds (in smaller sizes)! And, I love your cherry blossom nails - fabulous!
    3439 days ago
    I have a MAJOR shopping bug now that stuff fits!!! I don't want to buy much either because I know I will still shrink a bit. I know though when I am at my goal weight, oh boy will I be spending!
    You look great in your pics!!!
    3439 days ago
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    thankyou for writing this Ali. This was a huge eye opener for me because i realised i too settled for clothes and would get stuff i had no intentions of wearing.

    You look nice as always (: and your nails are soo pretty.I wish i could do that
    3439 days ago
    looking good - no... GREAT in horizontal stripes. Maybe that'll be part of our Warrior Dash outfitssssss
    3439 days ago
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    You look awesome! I love this blog! Keep up the great work!!!
    3439 days ago
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    You look fab! I so so SOOO understand your obsession with clothing :) Keep up the great work
    xo emoticon Ella
    3439 days ago
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    You look great! Keep it up
    3439 days ago
    You're looking awesome!
    Love the nails... cherry blossoms are my fav. I love Japan and I can't wait to go in the next couple years to see the cherry blossoms.

    3440 days ago
    Ha! I did the same thing. I hate shopping, hate, hate, hate clothes shopping. So when I found something that fit, was warm (I live in Alaska) and didn't look too awful, I bought it.

    Buying XL bites. Can't wait to get back into Mediums!

    Congrats on your own revelations. Now you can b more selective. And probably actually shop at boutiques for things you REALLY like.
    3440 days ago
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