Clothes are kind of like language. They are forever evolving. I remember my first day of high school. By the end of the day I became fully educated on which jeans were the ‘IT’ jeans to have.
Can you believe that teenagers begged and pleaded with their parents for this style of jean, which they wouldn’t be caught dead in now (I think these are now referred to as ‘Mom Jeans’) I owned neither of these pairs of jeans, nor did I own the Izod short sleeved shirts that you were supposed to layer one on top of the other – collars up of course.
By the time I entered college, my wardrobe didn’t matter much. I spent 75% of my time in the art department and what you wore was based on what class you were taking. Painting? You could get by with a slightly better look in that class because you wore a smock over your clothes. Photography and Interior Design? Now, these college kids dressed for success. What was I wearing for pottery class and graphic design? Easy: worn out jeans with holes in the knees and Genesis T-shirts (graphic design wasn’t necessarily messy, but I was too lazy to change clothes between classes).
As I became heavier and heavier I swapped my old jeans for sweatpants. Like, that was a rockin’ wardrobe – fer sure! lol
By the time I finished college I weighed over 200 pounds and every time I walked the mall I’d stop at The Limited, where I fantasized about being able to wear such clothes. I think they catered to a maximum size of 12 if I remember correctly. So, I applied for a credit card at Lane Bryant and shopped there for years when I needed something stylish. Still, it wasn’t the same. At that time, all plus sized clothing was labeled muumuu clothing. In other words, extremely oversized, non form-fitting, and LOUD. Most of the time you could find me shopping at the Goodwill, or in the men’s section of Wal-Mart: sweatshirts and sweatpants. All the better to hide your fat, my pretty! Or, so I thought.
When I finally hit my 130’s I went into The Limited and looked around. I was excited beyond reason because I’d had this vision in my head that I would finally feel like I ‘belonged there.’ But you know what? All of the clothes were too dressy for me. I was working with handicapped adults and children and still painting. What was I going to do with a satin top and pressed trousers?
Ah, well. Live and learn, right?
Now that I’m quickly approaching 42 I wear whatever I want. I still have no need to dress up so I don’t visit The Limited, but sometimes I wish I did. My sister works in a hospital and she is always dressed like a true professional. I own one nice dress – if you don’t count my wedding dress, that is.
If you happen to enjoy Limited clothing but aren’t the appropriate size, I am here with good news!! The Limited has a new line of clothing out for Plus-sized women and they are planning on opening stores all across the country at some point. Their website is called eloquii by The Limited and they specialize in sizes from 14 – 24. Some really nice, tailored looks there. The prices look reasonable, too. The best part: free shipping AND free returns. Check it out, if you’re interested.
Just don’t expect to see any parachute pants there. Or legwarmers. Or door-knocker earrings (ooh, remember those?)
Have a totally rad day, everyone. See you back here tomorrow for group therapy.