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Trying On Clothes at KMart


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Saturday, March 30, 2013



Today is day 39 of my current streak!

Last week I wrote a blog about going shopping for a cardigan sweater. You'd think that buying a simple sweater would be easy...but it wasn't! I got a little overwhelmed with the experience. So many different colors, sizes and styles! I had wanted to get a cardigan in a pretty Spring color, but I ended up going right to my old comfort zone and getting a black one! Oh well, black is basic, and will go with anything, so it was a good purchase.

Yesterday while out for a walk with my son, I bumped into a neighbor. She is an older woman, 85 years old. I've known her for almost 20 years now. Anyway, she mentioned that she was getting ready to go to Kmart, and asked if I'd like to go with her. So I went home to get my purse and to change my clothes, and then off we went. I didn't need to buy anything, so I just went along for the ride.

Once we got to Kmart, she headed off for the housewares department. I decided to look at the clothes. Even though I didn't have any money, I wanted to look at cardigan sweaters again. While I was looking at the sweaters, I also checked out some other clothes. I found a couple of really cute blouses and some pants, in both misses and plus. Since my friend is famous for being a super slow shopper, I knew I had plenty of time to kill...so I decided to try some clothes on!

I think the fact that I wasn't actually planning to purchase anything really took the pressure off, and made the experience kind of fun! I thought of Stacy and Clinton from my fave show, What Not To Wear, and started trying to put together some outfits.

Some of those outfits I put together were pretty awful, but some of them were actually nice! Some of the clothes were too big, and some were too small...but instead of thinking badly about myself for the clothes that didn't fit, I just brushed it off and tried a different size. I even found one shirt on the clearance rack for just 99 cents that was nice. It was sort of a wrap style shirt with a V neck (not too low) and a colorful print. It looked kind of small, though. It was in the Misses section and was a size XL. It was so unlike the kind of tops I normally buy. Usually I go for something loose and shapeless! This was definitely not loose and shapeless! In addition to the wrap styling of it, it also had a little peplum and a side zipper. I didn't think it would fit me, but I decided to try it on anyway...and it fit! A LITTLE snug, but nothing that losing 5 pounds or so wouldn't take care of. I tried on a little shrug style cardigan over it, and it looked good on me! So I decided to buy the shirt, since it was so cheap.

I tried on lots of clothes, including styles that I would never have tried on before, and I found out a little bit of what works for me and what doesn't. There were more "rejects" than successes, but you know what? I think even thin women go through that when they shop for clothes. Not everything is going to look or fit perfectly. You just have to keep trying things on.



Anyway, my friend finally finished her shopping, and we headed to the checkout lanes. I had to borrow from her in order to buy that 99 cent shirt, since I didn't have any money on me, lol.

She is planning to go to Good Will next week or the week after, and I'm going with her. I think that would be a good place for me to buy a few clothes for now, while I'm still working towards getting to my goal size.






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LAINIESNEWLIFE 3/30/2013 3:06PM

    Good for you, Pixie!!! I'm glad you got the new blouse. Now, when it fits you the way you want it to, you will have to have your picture taken with it on.

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HARROWJET 3/30/2013 3:00PM

    New clothes can make us feel really good. It sounds like you enjoyed your trip with your neighbour.

Judy emoticon

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SANDYL54 3/30/2013 2:21PM

  emoticon So glad to hear that you enjoyed a successful shopping 'field trip'!! Great job at taking the pressure off. And I agree, NOBODY tries on clothes without rejects for size, shape, style, color, etc. Good luck at Goodwill, it's one of my favorite shopping spots.

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ANHELIC 3/30/2013 2:12PM

    Great inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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KATHYJO56 3/30/2013 1:31PM

    Pixie, When I was losing weight, I bought all of my clothes from clearance racks or at thrift stores. Awesome job on not getting frustrated while looking at clothes this time. Nothing stresses me out more. emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 3/30/2013 1:29PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed trying on some clothes.

And I really liked that last cartoon - I could do with throwing out some unhelpful thoughts and beliefs about myself too!

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EVELYN112011 3/30/2013 1:14PM

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JEANNETTE59 3/30/2013 1:11PM

  emoticon on a very successful day on so many levels. Sometimes it takes a while for our brains and our emotions to catch-up with the changes in our bodies. emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 3/30/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon Happy Easter emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 3/30/2013 12:46PM

    A 'heckuva' deal always give me an inner lift.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/30/2013 12:40PM

    Good for you! You are in a wonderful place of self-discovery. Love your pictures and quotes, too. I appreciate the time you take to put together your blogs.

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JANESLOSS 3/30/2013 12:28PM

    Congratulations of the new top!

I've been looking at a couple of those shrug sweaters for spring. Sears had several cute ones, but I wasn't in the spending mood (just purchased the dishwasher). I did have some great luck at my local Macy's. I found a nice simple pair of black pants (jean style) that normally cost $68 and they were on clearance for $6.80 I almost fell over. lol I needed something to wear for a party, so I hunted a bit more and found a cute top on sale for $12. I was thrilled to get both pieces for less than $20. I have a cute cardigan at home and so now I'm set for the party!

Have a great weekend!

Big Hugs,

Jane

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CVRONEK 3/30/2013 12:20PM

    Wonderful. I used to be a baggy clothing person too, but after my Weekenders experience, I saw that fitted clothing, looks fabulous, even if it does show my hips!

Would love to see your new top!

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STITCH4EVER 3/30/2013 11:47AM

    I FIND THAT K-MART AND WAL-MART CLOTHING ALWAYS RUNS A LITTLE SMALL IN SIZE. SEARS AND J.C.PENNEY ARE RIGHT SPOT ON AND MANY OF THE CATALOGS - LIKE ROAMANS AND WOMAN WITHIN - RUN LARGE. SO I GUESS IT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU SHOP. I CAN USUALLY ONLY AFFORD WAL-MART. I HAVE TO HAVE A "TRY ON DAY" THIS WEEK SO I CAN SEE WHAT I NEED FOR SUMMER. I THINK I MAY TAKE SOME OF THE SLACKS AND HAVE THEM CUT OFF AND HEMMED INTO SHORTS. SAVE A LITTLE MONEY AT THE SAME TIME.
ERIN

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DRAVENFYR 3/30/2013 11:47AM

    I particularly like the very last one on your post dear....Thank you for the words of wisdom and inspiration. I have been having a hard time of it and your blog today changed it all in a flash... absolutely amazing the power words have on the psychy. Thanks again.... i really do appreciate you as a friend... have a great and bright day

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MSJESSPDX 3/30/2013 11:35AM

    I love the way you address the pitfalls (too big, too small, etc.) and just carry on through! And, yes, we can all work with where we are. I used to have the belief that I shouldn't get, or didn't deserve, new clothes until I was the Perfect Weight (please.). Once I started buying clothes in the size I am, and feeling better about my appearance, the more confidence I had to continue with my journey. There was no shame in buying a size 14 (or 16, or 12, or whatever) pant; there was only shame in keeping myself hidden. Thanks for another great, thought-provoking blog!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/30/2013 11:31AM

    emoticon Good for you Pixie. That's what I did. I shopped at Saver's which is like Goodwill. When I reached my goal, then I went and bought my pants at Walmart. emoticon

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PACKERMANN 3/30/2013 11:30AM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!
It is so rewarding when you're sure something doesn't fit...and it does!!
hugs,
Pat

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COCK-ROBIN 3/30/2013 11:30AM

    A beautiful post! And I especially loved the last picture. It is SO true.

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MATTEROFHEART 3/30/2013 11:26AM

    Yay for you and your successful shopping trip! I am glad you had fun! I am thinking of going to good will or a resale shop to get some "new" things! I bought a few dresses at the Dress Barn a couple of months ago and they are already getting too big on me, so I hate to spend more money on something I can only wear for a short while! Have a great holiday weekend and thanks for inspiring us again!!!
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Dachelle

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MERRYMERRY6 3/30/2013 11:23AM

    Your shopping trips are encouraging me to get out there... and live. Thanks! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 3/30/2013 11:06AM

    I'm so glad you continue to try to treat yourself!! Great NSV and yes, everyone has hits and misses when they shop!

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INGMARIE 3/30/2013 10:50AM

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It is so much fun going 'shopping' when you don't need anything.
And you had a good time too. awesomeER hehe emoticon

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DALID414 3/30/2013 10:48AM

    Every girl LOVES a bargain!!

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GEORGE815 3/30/2013 10:45AM

    Keep the streak alive. Even the Heat couldn't do that.

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KITT52 3/30/2013 10:36AM

    Pixie I went to Kohls last week too, I still have a gift card from Christmas and guess what I did not buy a thing , there was nothing that I really likes....clothes seem to be for the younger people...I am not wearing the short tops or low pants just because they fit....lol..I did feel good about the size they just looked ridiculous on a women my age
I shop the thrift shops still, when I was loosing before I would buy and then return when they were to big....it helped everyone....there are some never worn clothes there, you just have to have time to look.....


Have a happy Easter

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KARENCRANER 3/30/2013 10:34AM

    Thanks for sharing you fun shopping experience. I can't wait to see a picture of you in your new $.99 shirt! (hint, hint!) :)

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1CRAZYDOG 3/30/2013 10:31AM

    good for you! I love WHAT NOT TO WEAR as well. They're approach/philosophy is so great! It can be overwhelming and disappointing if you let it be. But if you try something on that doesn't fit, you move on. I find it challenging to sometimes to put outfits together, BUT it takes practice like anything else. So, keep practicing!

HUGS! Happy Easter

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KARRENLYNN 3/30/2013 10:21AM

    I actually did that at Kohls last week. I'm a jeans and sweatshirt tomboy thru and thru and being overweight just reinforces that for me. But after losing 40 lbs and needing to actually get smaller jeans, I tried on some shirt styles I don't normally wear. And you're right deciding not to buy before I try them on takes the pressure off and makes it easier to try without judging. Defiinitely some hit and misses but I know more what I could wear.

Have a great Easter Pixie, and I hope the Bunny is good to you!

Karen emoticon

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DEEKELLYE 3/30/2013 10:16AM

    What Not to Wear is one of my favorite shows. I had to chuckle when you mentioned Stacy and Clinton. I don't enjoy trying on clothes or even looking at clothes for myself. I think once I get into a smaller size I'll enjoy it more. I don't like the way I look in some of the clothes.

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