I used to be deathly afraid of the Macy's on 34th because I would walk in and immediately get claustrophobic from all the insane crowds of people swarming and trying to take each other out over a sweater. But Katie taught me about the Women's department up on the 7th floor and once I get up there I can breathe a lot easier.
This latest shopping trip was quite an eye opener. I've shopped in the Women's department in stores since my senior year of high school. This department has come a long way since then, let me tell you. Back then all you could usually find was marm-ish type clothes that looked like they belonged on 75+ year old women. Now, you have designer labels like Calvin Klein, DKNY, and Michael Kors all with plus size lines. It's made dressing trendy for a "bigger" gal a whole lot easier.
Well, this shopping trip I discovered that I really don't belong shopping there anymore. The smallest some lines come is a 1X and those are all just too big on me. Sometimes a line will have a 0X (which is more like an XL or L in the Ladies department) and those will sometimes work on me, but finding 0X's up there was like finding a needle in a haystack.
So, I took a ton of clothes to the dressing room and probably ended up pissing off the people that work there because I certainly didn't walk away with as much as I think they were hoping (although I did spend quite a bit.) Basically I was looking for some nice fall pieces that could transition into winter as well. Since we aren't going to really have a horrible winter out on the road (with the exception of being in Michigan during February! BRRRRR!) I thought that some half length sleeves and some light sweaters or cardigans could fit the bill. Anyway, after being disappointed that I didn't find much that fit me, it was also nice to realize that its because I've shrunken out of that department completely now. I knew the day was coming, but I was still holding onto the familiar. I was scared to let it go because I was literally afraid of the unknown and uncharted territory of the other floors. But, there really isn't much of a point of me even going up there anymore.
On the way out, Katie and I decided to stop by the Ladies department to see if this particular Ralph Lauren dress was in that department (it was!) and I tried it on. Everything about the XL dress looked better on me than the 1X dress that I had tried on upstairs. It even made me feel better!
|One of my new looks.|
So even though I know I have asked this before (I wasn't really ready to move on before and I am truly being forced to now) where should I shop? I know about the classics like Macys, Old Navy, the Gap, blah, blah blah... But where else? I'm sitting at an L/XL 14/16 now (pretty much a 14). I am going to be purchasing new items off while out on the road as well, so chains are probably going to be preferable. But, if you have a great place in your town that you think I should try while I'm there, let me know about those too!!
I'm really excited about this week's weigh-in. I think it should be a successful one!!