Since the events of this past summer, I have lost my taste for clothes shopping. My priorities have been rearranged, and "being stylish" ended up way down near the bottom of the list. However, I'm still a working girl, and "looking presentable/professional" is one of my duties. Therefore, I must shop, albeit with much less enthusiasm than I used to.
Over the summer I lost around 10 pounds, and, judging from how my pants are hanging off me like hand-me-downs I haven't grown into yet, the area that slimmed down most was my butt. Pants that were previously tight are now roomy, and pants that were previously comfortable must be cinched in with a belt, and are obviously puckered at the top.
I've spent some time shopping for pants, without much luck. There are so many ways for pants not to fit, and I have encountered all of them. I did buy a pair of brown jeans that, with a little alteration, look good at work with a button-down shirt, but I need more. I tried on all the pants I could find in my size at a nearby mall, with no luck.
Frustrated, I thought that maybe I was barking up the wrong tree. Instead of fruitlessly shopping the smallest size of women's pants, I might have better luck with a girls' size 16. It's basically the same size, just cut with different proportions. Perhaps I would find a better fit that way. I used to find things in the kids' section back when I was in university and shopping in thrift stores.
Off I went to the mall to test my theory.
I walked into the Kids section of Old Navy, and immediately had a visceral reaction against my own plan. Although, rationally speaking, if the pants fit, I would be happy, in reality it felt all wrong. I know that it's perfectly safe for humans to eat cat food, but I would not feel good about going grocery shopping in a pet store. I'm neither a cat, nor a kid, with no desire to masquerade as either. However, I pushed aside my revulsion, and forced myself to take a look.
5 stores later, I gratefully admitted defeat. I never even found anything worth trying on. The main problem is that apparently kids these days only wear jeans. There was the occasional yoga pant, and of course leggings, and jeggings. But 99% of the pants for kids, male and female, were jeans, and most of those were skinny jeans.
I have a couple of pairs of nice, boot cut jeans that I wear to work. I don't need any more. I am in the market for more sophisticated fabrics. Hot pink skinny jeans with diamonoids on the pockets aren't on my shopping list. Shopping strategy FAIL.
I ended up in the Sears women's department and, after extensive rack-browsing and trying-on, I did find one pair of work-appropriate (i.e. boring) trousers. They were marked down from $50 to $15, so that was a bonus. I just need to get them hemmed and I'll be good to go. One pair down, a bunch more to go. Oh well. If that's the worst problem I have this month, I'll count myself lucky.