August 23rd, 2010
|03:48 pm - clothes. blargh.|
Where do you guys shop? For yourselves, not the little ones.
I own one swimsuit. Bought it on clearance at Bass Pro Shop (of all places) about four years ago. We're going to the beach for a week. I don't swim much, but Rowan loves to, so I probably need a second swimsuit (one to wear/one to let dry). The one I have is a tankini with a skirted bottom. In other words, you can't see my belly or thighs, yay.
But. I am cheap, and a common size, and it is August, and I can't find a swimsuit. Every place has them on clearance: good. No place has 8s in stock: bad. (I am an 8 or 10 on top and a 10 on the bottom. I think.) The only place I haven't been yet is Marshalls, and I think I'm going to leave Rowan with Bear and go tonight (no point in taking her with me because then I can't try stuff on, or at least not without fussing--she only likes the stroller if it's moving). I found one I like online, but I can't quite bring myself to spend $40 ($20 for the top and $20 for the bottoms). And nursing swimsuits? Are both ugly and expensive.
Also, at the moment, I have one skirt, two knit skorts, and a t-shirt dress that fit. The rest of my shorts--all the ones I bought when I got the job at St. Margaret's and suddenly needed lots of not-denim, modest shorts/skorts--are too big. (Yay breastfeeding.) So when we were at Penney's buying Bear some more pants for work, I looked at the shorts. They did not have one single pair of 8 petite shorts in the store. It's because all the summer clothes are on clearance, and like I said, 8 seems to be a common size. So. No shorts. Plus, apparently capris and cropped pants are in style right now, and they look awful on me, so I didn't bother with the many, many racks of them. They had corduroy pants on sale, but seriously? This is the south. I do not need corduroy pants for several more months.
I am feeling really, really frustrated about making do with just a few days' worth of clothes for so long now. Help!
I thrift! It is cheap, they have a lot of (random) selection, and things are already 'broken in'.
My size has changed 3 times since Sebastian was born, and I'm still not down to my pre-pregnancy size yet, so none of those clothes fit. Every two months or so I go to Value Village with 60$ in hand and come out with a decent new wardrobe.
I think I don't know where the good thrift stores are here. :( There was a great one in Nashville called Southern Thrift that I liked and visited regularly. So far, here, I've been to various Salvation Armys and Goodwills and nothing has been really wonderful. Guess I need to keep trying! :)
New 2 You and Wal-Mart. My swimsuit is from Target, and yes it cost $40 all together, but it holds my boobs in so whatever. (I ordered bras with cups this week. 34 F/G. They arrived yesterday and are too small in the cup. I need to send them back for 34 H/I instead. Yargh!!!)
New 2 You has $6 bags every Wednesday. Today's Thursday. So I'm not much help right away, but I'll try to remember to go shopping next Weds., and if I see anything worth mailing to you, I'll buy it. I already have some yard sale clothes to send Rowan. (Or, hey, you could just pop up home and we could shop together. I'm sure it's worth the cost/hassle of a flight, right? ;) )
I was so excited to find a $15 swimsuit at Marshalls that had *most* of the features I wanted: halter top, for easy nursing; tankini, to cover belly/stretch marks. Unfortunately the bottoms are typical bikini bottoms. Oh well.
I'm a 6 or 8 in shorts right now, I've got an 8 and an 8 petite that fit, but the 8s at Marshalls didn't fit, so I must be a 6 (and what size did they not have? Yep). Rowan's in 18-month clothes.