I admit it – it’s something that apparently everyone should be comfortable with – but I’m not! I’m not good at it. Well – I am for other people – just not so much for myself.
I think – to be perfectly honest – the root of that discomfort has to do with the fact that I don’t really – when it comes right down to it – know how to dress myself.
Yes, I’m talking about shopping.
I should interject here that I am the offspring of an accomplished shopper. If it were possible for a person to have a degree in shopping – my mother would have had a PhD in it and her practicum would have been breath-taking. I know I was a bit of a disappointment to her – being that I grew up HATING shopping. I must have more of my Dad in me than she bargained on… cause he hated shopping, too.
I had to go today. There was a memorial service tonight, and my baggy jeans just don’t cut it in the dressed appropriately for the memorial service genre.
Why did I only allow myself 35 minutes to shop?
But, for 35 minutes, I didn’t do so bad.
First – can I just say that it doesn’t fill me with confidence when I walk into the Rack and look around and realize everyone BUT ME looks exactly like they know what they’re doing and are completely comfortable with it?!
I admit it – I stood there for a good minute trying to decide which area I’m supposed to shop in. The jeans I had on at that moment were a size 16 – so that’d put me in the plus size section. But they were baggy… so maybe the regular section. But I’m short (really short) – so does that mean I go to the petite section? I was standing there looking from one section to the next when my eye alighted on a black t-shirt that I thought was cute… I bet someone with a PhD in marketing knew that would happen!
Of course – then the big dilemma – which size?!
I circled the rounder looking at various sizes before it hit me (not the rounder – an idea!) – I could try stuff on! So I picked up one or two of the shirt I liked in different sizes and moved on.
I waffled between slacks and skirt for some time before I decided to take some of each to the fitting room.
And I eventually grabbed a couple of sweaters to try on, as well.
So off to the fitting room I went.
I tried on size 12 jeans.
THEY FIT. Like – easily. Like – maybe they’re a little bit roomy. BUT – they’re also a foot too long for me, so I put them aside. (Plus, they were totally not on the appropriate for a memorial service to do list!)
Before it was all said and done I made my Mamma proud!
Remember the cute black t-shirt? I chose a size Large – I don’t know, I’m a little too busty for a Medium and the XL was woefully too large. Here’s the tag for it:
Yep – it used to be $28, then got marked down to $15.90, and I paid $9.97 for it. Not bad, huh?!
I ended up buying two skirts – cause I couldn’t find a shirt – maybe blouse is what it’s really called that would be appropriate for skirt – but thought I might have something at home that would work. The first one is a plain, black, just-below-the-knee length very attractive skirt. It started out at $78.00, got marked down to $19.97 and then had the 60% off the lowest price sticker, meaning that I paid $7.99 for this lovely little skirt! It was a size 14, by the way – I don’t know – I think I was afraid to buy a 12, and I know it’s a little big, but well, it’s what I bought. This, by the way, was the skirt I ended up wearing this evening – and it worked out beautifully.
And the third item – the second skirt, which was a cream, gray, and black patterned skirt of about the same styling as the other – and really is quite pretty. I thought I had a blouse that went with it – but I was wrong. Dang it! BUT – this one had my Mom smiling down from heaven giving me my shopping gold star for the day:
Yes, this skirt started out at $348.00, got marked down eventually to $89.97, and has the wonderous 75% off last marked price sticker on it! I paid $22.49 for it. WOW!
So – it was with quite a bit more confidence that I left the Nordstrom Rack than I entered it!
Next assignment: jeans that fit!