Hey again chicks! I had the BEST day today and y'all were the only people I could think of besides DH who would REALLY understand and
I went shopping this afternoon for a new suit for a conference I'm going to in two weeks; first stop - Lane Bryant. Turns out they Clearanced all their career wear and won't have anything new in til fall!!
Thankfully my mall has both a Sears and a JCPenney, I figure ONE of them should have something moderately workable.
Sears...notsomuch (everything was skirts, and I needed pants).
So I head over to JCPenney - and in a nod to the reality that is my body, head straight down to the "Women's" (aka Plus Size) department. Everything there is either UGLY or the wrong size.
So I head back upstairs to the Misses department, not particularly hopeful but figuring if I can't find a suit, I can go cheer myself up in the One-Size-Fits-All department...aka the makeup counter.
I find the suits section and to my surprise, discover that pretty much all the styles go up to size 18...this looks more promising than I hoped! So I start pulling jackets off hangers and trying them on...finding a flattering jacket cut is the hard part. I find myself with TWO jackets that I really like, both in 18s, so I grab the hangers with the pants and head for the dressing room, totally prepared for the worst - I have narrow shoulders and a quite a lot going on in the hip-butt-thigh region, so my bottom half is almost always a size larger than my top half, which means that the 18 pants that go with the jackets probably won't fit.
Then, to my UTTER SHOCK, the pants for the first suit are TOO BIG!!!
And of course the jacket is too - apparently the jeans I was wearing distributed my tummy in a funny way that made the jacket fit tighter than over the trousers. So I go back out - SHAKING with nerves, mind you - and pray that there's a 16 on the rack, which there is. AND IT FITS!!
And there you have it - *I* am wearing a Misses 16 for the first time in FIVE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!
The suit wasn't a PERFECT fit...I'm determined to shave off two pounds in the next week which should make all the difference (I have noticed that I lose inches from my hips and thighs first) and I have a body shaper in reserve if all else fails. I still can't believe it. NO MORE LANE BRYANT FOR ME!!!!!!!!! Someone throw me a party!!!