So, yeah, I bought clothes yesterday! Grown up professional clothes and shit. Did I purchase any of the items above? Of course not, don't be silly. In fact, the lip purse itself was probably more than my entire allotted clothes buying budget.
Nevertheless, $75 later (including thrifted items from the Mother, Grandmother & the good folks at Goodwill with a side trip to Payless and the Wu-mart), check it, I have a brand new wardrobe that will last me at least two weeks of mixing and matching without too many repeats.
Do not mock the Goodwill, Payless, or the Wu-mart, thank you very much. An extra bonus of being significantly smaller than I have been previously in life is that it opens up an WHOLE NEW WORLD (cue Ariel the Little Mermaid here) of clothing opportunities that I never previously knew existed.
I've always hated shopping...as one does when faced with the limited selection of muumuus and elastic waisted jorts that are available to encompass one's expanded girth. EXPENSIVE muumuus and jorts, I might add. Talk about sticking it to the "healthy" girls: not only will we mock you by making impossibly hideous clothing that you will be forced to wear, we'll also make you pay out the ass for anything that doesn't make you look like Jabba.
However, being in the comfortable 12-16 size range, I can now find a pretty decent selection of slacks, skirts, and yes, even buttoned down shirts (gasp!) for cheap. Cheap, cheap cheap, without looking it.
Example: I bought a pair of St. John gray dress slacks WITH the tag still on them for $1.75 at Goodwill. Beat that, bitches.
They are currently between seasons at apparel stores, apparently (see what I did...nevermind), at least they are at Wal-mart, so a lot of their long sleeved but still lightweight shirts and sweaters are significantly reduced. Seriously, 50-75% off. I will be working in an air-conditioned environment, so needless to say, I benefited greatly from this; on average, my shirts cost between $5-$7 a piece.
This just made me realize that if Walmart was doing this then probably other stores, like Target or even (gasp!) Macy's or Nordstrom or Neiman-Marcus...dammit!
Well, I'm not there financially (YET!) but that just gave me even MORE incentive to keep working on this body thing. Because one day, oh, yes, I will have the $ to shop at high-end department stores. And I will want to have the figure to continue to enjoy the wide selection of choices that will be available to me.
And I will still shop between seasons, because nothing excites me more than a bargain. Only now, instead of putting my financial abilities to work at the grocery store...I shall apply them to refilling my wardrobe.
I'm already excited about shopping for upcoming birthdays and holidays. I need to let my sister know to get her lists in order...though I'm sure her chirren already have gifts in mind.
How I'm feeling today: