EVERLANE shirt / CITIZENS OF HUMANITY jeans / TABITHA SIMMONS boots
Here is a photo of me having a lot more fun playing in my clothes instead of chasing down new ones. Just kidding – I was at a wedding reception that came a year after the wedding and someone made a joke about my half-assed attempts at posing. Occasion aside, the brand is strong and I haven’t bought anything new this month.
Actually, no. I bought bras because the three I owned were completely thrashed and I didn’t realize how thrashed until I got new ones.
While we’re on the subject, can I talk about how oppressive it is to shop for bras? A few weeks ago I went to a proper lingerie shop for a fitting (highly recommended, btw). After the nice woman confirmed that childbearing had remodeled my boobs for good, I went to Nordstrom a couple weeks later to look for things I could actually wear in my real life and not the imaginary one where I lay around all day and take boudoir photos. I get to Nordstrom on the last day of their anniversary sale and a nice woman with a boot on her leg combed through the racks to find what would fit me. My “new” size (and I use that word loosely because it’s technically been this size since Hogs weaned, I just wasn’t wearing the correct bra size) is one that a lot of companies don’t manufacture. Shouts out to the IBTC and everyone repping 30″ bands.
Anyway, she’s pulling all the things and I take a handful into the dressing room and begin trying them on. Two hours later and I hadn’t found anything that was plain black, fit well, and didn’t read underneath my clothes. TWO HOURS. TWO WHOLE ASS HOURS. I thought, “maybe I don’t really need this. I can make do,” but then I remembered that the woman helping me had a boot on and was running back and forth across the store despite the fact that she couldn’t really run and I felt bad so I bought two options I had no intention of keeping just to make it look like I wasn’t a complete jerk.
A couple days later, I was on Pret’s blog and she mentioned Gap Body in her post. Two things: one – I had no idea that Gap sold underwear; two – I had no idea that Gap was perpetually 40% off. I was halfway to ordering when I realized that Gap still has physical stores and one was near Nordstrom. Convenient. The next day, I returned the pity bras I’d bought and then went to Gap to vet their sizing system. The selection in the physical store sucked, but I found one I liked and bought it.
The cashier was one of those people who whispers everything – this isn’t germane to the story in any way, but I found it intriguing. Have you ever bought a bra from someone who whispers everything? It’s odd.
The following day, I ordered the styles I actually wanted online (this and this) and finally wore one today. Right now, I’m sitting up straight, my boobs look like they care about their appearance, and I realized that one should probably replace these things more than once every several years. I hear it’s *supposed* to be every six months, but that also seems ridiculous.
Long digression, but the point of this all is to say that I made it through more than half of the month without buying new clothes and I’m proud of meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Also, these boots are killers but completely worth the shredded foot feeling and I still love these jeans.