Wow. I haven’t touched my blog in almost 5 days. It seems my brain has already boarded the plane to Chicago.
Mentally, I’m SO ready to leave right now. I need the break. I need to be away from my husband for a while. He needs to miss me. No, really. 😉
But the reality is that I’m NOT ready whatsoever. I have clothes strewn across all the furniture in my living room, but no outfits put together and nothing packed.
I haven’t bought new clothes in years, hoping to lose 50 a few pounds. That’s obviously not going to happen by Wednesday, so I finally decided this weekend I had to go shopping.
I found a couple of pieces at Marshalls and Old Navy on Saturday that I can pair with items I already have in my closet. But nothing party-worthy.
So I hit the mall yesterday to see what else I could add to my conference wardrobe. I’ve never been able to fit into the clothes at Forever 21, but heard that they have a new plus size line, Faith 21, at their store in Pentagon City. My family says I tend to dress too old or always in dark colors, so I wanted to buy something colorful and maybe even a little trendy.
Boy, was I disappointed.
All the dresses hit me mid-thigh, lengthwise. If that. At first I thought maybe, like a fool, I made a mistake and was trying on tunics… but no, they were definitely dresses. Everything in the bust area was way too snug. I wish I had looked at their size chart beforehand so I wouldn’t have wasted my time. Faith 21 goes up to a junior size 2x, which translates into a 15/16. VERY different from normal misses and women’s sizes.
Okay, I’ll say it. I’m a size 16/18. GAH. I can usually fit into XL at most places, sometimes 1X. I think it’s misleading for Forever 21 to call the Faith line plus size. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole concept is a big failure and out of stores by the end of the year.
I also dropped by Lane Bryant and J. Jill. Nada.
Why does 90% of plus-size clothing have to be floral? It drives me crazy. And most of the dresses I found were sleeveless. There’s nothing I hate more than my flabby arms.
But enough of my whining.
Macy’s and Nordstrom have wonderful plus size sections in their stores. I had no idea that Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors now make clothes that actually fit me! The only problem there is the price. I found a couple of pieces that were nice, but wasn’t blown away enough to pay $150+ for them. That’s just not in my budget.
I did come home with 3 more shirts and a dress. I’m going to try to make some sense of it all and put a few outfits together today.
This is the dress I bought: Tiana B Flower Print Matte Jersey Dress. If I only looked like the model, I’d have no complaints. I’m not crazy about the print or how it fits, but that’s okay. Not having the perfect cocktail dress doesn’t mean I can’t have a good time, so I’m not stressing over it anymore! (The fact that I got the dress at 50% off doesn’t hurt!)