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It's not easy being round

Thursday, June 06, 2013

So I went questing for jeans. *sigh* That did not go well. Apparently nobody told the Asian clothing manufacturers that American women have these nifty little things called HIPS. Of course, I think this assessment is unfair to Asian women. I think they've got Martian women over there modelling these clothes, because no woman I have ever seen is built the way they make these clothes. In fact, I suspect they're just using men.

I really don't know what to think about clothing stores here recently. It's as if they're trying to shame everyone over a size 18 into losing weight just by making anything over a size 18 fit all wonky. "Oh, according to our sizes you're a 26 in the hips but a 22 in the waist? Too bad! Maybe you should drop some of that lard, chubby." If I had the time and the patience and the know-how, I'd just make my own clothes and be done with it. I have a sewing machine, but I have to get my husband to set it up for me. Yes. He knows how to work a sewing machine. They taught the kids USEFUL things in school in Sweden, you see. He also knows how to knit. And I just don't have the patience, really. That, and I was the victim of bad sewing when I was a kid. Mom thought she could sew. You should have seen some of the train wrecks that I had to wear to school. I used to shop at JCPenney, but they got rid of all the stuff I liked, and heaven help you if you try to find the plus size clothing. It's like going on a search for the Holy Grail, minus the silly bits. I gave up months ago and won't go back. The stuff at Avenue is cheap and trashy looking, in my humble opinion. It always looks like it's two washes away from being threadbare. And at Lane Bryant, everything is cheaply made, overpriced, and fits funny. And other stores have stopped carrying plus sizes altogether. It's very discouraging.

Strike two on the reward front. I'm going to have to go with something else instead. Maybe jewelry or purses or something. I dunno. Or books or sheet music. It's just I never feel like I really deserve it despite all my hard work. You know what? Maybe I should work on fixing THAT: the "your success does not deserve to be rewarded" thing.

Commencing thought process...

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  • PROT358
    Oh no! So sorry to hear about your clothing troubles. I had a similar experience shopping for a onepiece swimsuit. The first one made me look exactly like Kim Kardashian pregnant: small boobs, huge tummy, and explosive butt and thighs. It even claimed to "erase 10 pounds instantly!" The second one fit kind of, but it had nipple show-through, camel toe, and the bodice had that grippy tape you find in strapless bras ... and the top border with the grippy tape kept buckling outwards. The third one sort of hides my tummy, makes my butt look good, and keeps the boobs completely covered. It's not completely comfortable, but it does what it has to. Somehow I feel like I deserve better than just "it does its job."

    One thing is for certain: misery loves company, and I'll swap clothing woes with you any time!

    And also, you DO deserve recognition and a reward for your progress. Don't skip that step. Let me know what you decide on, and good luck!
    1722 days ago
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