Thursday, July 18, 2013
I remember in the 90's when they first started adding Spandex to denim. Stretch jeans! What a concept! Prior to stretch denim, jean shopping was even more of a nightmare. I remember trying helplessly to pull jeans over my bottom, tears welling in my eyes.
But soon Spandex was appearing in more than just our jeans. Heck, why even bother with jeans when you can just wear yoga pants? I'm top heavy so I used to have to go up a few sizes to find a dress that fit -- until I discovered those wonderful polyester spandex blends!
At my highest weight, 90% of my wardrobe was stretchy to some degree. And, though I didn't see it at the time, this was problematic. First of all, all my clothes looked the same. There's only so much variety when you're forced to wear the same material all the time. But there was an even more sinister side effect.
My clothes never really got too tight. Even though I gained 50 pounds over a period of years, I only went up a few dress sizes. I just chose whatever stretched to fit me, whether it was the right size or not. I remember shopping for my first nice suit for interviews for my first law job and being HORRIFIED to discover that I required a size 18W. But, I had size 14 stretchy jeans hanging in the closet! After my experience suit shopping, I couldn't hide behind the Spandex anymore.
As I get smaller, the world's closets are being flung open to me. I still like stretchy clothes sometimes. But I can also wear silk. Linen. 100% denim. Chiffon. I just bought two really nice dresses that I never would have been able to get a few years ago. I would have been unable to find structured silk or jacquard dresses to fit me.
I must admit, I still love my stretch denim. But it's probably a good idea to have some clothes that will actually cease to fit if I gain a significant amount of weight. And you have to love all the choices out there! Being able to walk into a nice boutique and select a beautiful dress based on taste alone -- and have it fit!-- is one of the best NSV's I've had yet.