Clothes shopping challenged

Apparently I am seriously out of practice when it comes to shopping for clothes for myself. I haven’t bought much in the way of non-maternity clothes for the past 4 years, so today when I set out to find myself some new shirts specifically (I am in major need), I felt lost. I kept picking out shirts that resembled maternity tops, even though I wasn’t in the maternity section. Is that just the style these days or am I subconsciously wishing I was pregnant again?

Anyway, Kohl’s was the first store I went to since I was hoping to score some sweet discounts with a coupon I had. Although I tried on a mess of clothes there, I couldn’t find anything I really liked. Part of it has to do with the fact that I’m holding onto about 10 lbs of baby fat and the other part is because the majority of the clothes were just plain weird. Or perhaps I have no fashion sense. Or maybe shopping at Kohl’s means I have no fashion sense in the first place. I don’t know. It’s late and I’m getting confused.

When I go shopping I tend to look for cute clothes in the juniors department first, because I feel like the women’s department is too “old” (for lack of a better term) for me. Yet I’m sensing more and more that the junior clothes are too “young” for me. And apparently to be a “junior” you have to want your ass crack to hang out of the back of your capris, shorts, jeans, etc. So maybe I am not a junior after all.

I went over to the women’s department and the clothes fit me better (because I *am* a woman), but they weren’t styles I really liked. I felt like everything was business casual, and, as a SAHM, I don’t need business, just casual.

After coming up empty handed after two trips into the fitting room, I decided I’d wasted enough time at Kohl’s and gave up on my discount and headed to the next store. Ross. (For those of you unfamiliar with Ross, it’s a discount store like TJMaxx or Marshall’s. “Designer clothes at less than half the original price” or some such thing. If that doesn’t say fashion sense, I don’t know what does. ;) Ha.)

Oh, I must also say here that I was doing all of this shopping on my own – sans kids. Jody said he would watch them and I high-tailed it on out of there. Yay me!

Ross is a hit or miss kind of store. Sometimes you get lucky and find a plethora of things. Other times, not so much. You pretty much have to comb through the racks a couple of times to make sure you didn’t miss a buried treasure, so it’s a little time consuming to shop there.

This time I decided to start in the women’s section and hope for the best. As luck would have it, everything I found, except for one item (a skirt) came from women’s. Just like Kohl’s, Ross’s junior section was full of lots of ass cracky kinds of pants and shirts that don’t cover enough of your stomach, er, not enough of *my* stomach.

Today turned out to be a good day for me at Ross though, and I managed to do fairly well. I came away with four shirts and a flowy, hippie-kinda skirt all for $40. I was pleased. I was even happier to use a VISA gift card (that Jody gave me for Christmas) for my purchases. Free clothes! ;)

As I left Ross, I noted that I hadn’t heard from Jody that the kids were wreaking havoc or anything so I decided to swing by Vitamin Cottage on my way home. Unfortunately, I made up for my savings on clothes by spending a pretty penny there, but it’s all worth it. I was happy to see organic romaine lettuce from a local farmer for sale and I picked up a head. It always makes me feel good to support the local farmers and I’m glad Vitamin Cottage gets some of their food from the locals. I also bought some organic bananas and yams because I think we might start giving Julian some food in the near future. He seems about ready. I’m not feeling as ready and neither is Jody (we’re not looking forward to going from sweet smelling breastfed poopy diapers to rank and stinky solid food poopy diapers), but what can we do. ;) We’ll survive.

All in all it was a pleasant three hours spent out in the world by myself. (I haven’t done that in over six months. I should do it more often.) I got some clothes, I got some food. What more does one need? ;)

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8 thoughts on “Clothes shopping challenged

  1. Glad you got some fun shopping done. I have a hard time doing it with a child in tow so it’s probably best you left them at home. You probably wanted maternity clothes because they are so comfy. :) I know I miss my maternity dresses. I haven’t done any serious shopping in a while, except for some shirts (and I just went to Target and Walmart for those). I have a huge collection of skirts that I can still wear fine, but my old shirts were too short (I can’t risk anyone seeing my stretchmarked tummy) or whatever. I’ve lost a fair amount of weight though and some of my skirts are falling down, so I really need to get some more clothes. I think maybe in Sweden I’ll get some–they have great things cheap where I’m going.

  2. Love your new site.

    I have been doing the shirt shopping too, over the last few weeks. Found some at Target by Prospirit that I LOVE- just basic t-shirt (95% cotton & 5% spandex)- the spandex gives it that custom fit, and doesn’t get all stretched out by the end of the day. They have V-neck and crew neck, and are somewhat longer, without being too long. They were on sale for $5 last week, and saw they are $5.99 this week. I bought 3.

    Also have been loving (and buying) Old Navy Perfect Fit T’s. I bought some last year, and noticed they are too short. The ones this year, are longer (like a maternity shirt) but they are still cute and stylish. They are 100% cotton, so they can get stretched, but so much nicer than my old grubby t-shirts. Have gotten them on sale this spring for $5 and $7- seems like they always have a deal like 2 for $12.

    Glad you got some good buys. :-)

  3. Glad you got some solo shopping time Amy! I bet the kids enjoyed being home with Daddy! You aren’t imagining things, the style these days definitely screams maternity to me. I have bought several shirts that are ‘regular’ and I am using them as maternity. They are comfy and something I can wear after the baby! –Definitely not looking forward to clothes shopping after Charlotte is born! Hope you had an enjoyable weekend!

  4. Congrats :)

    I spend waaaaaaay more money when I shop alone. It’s a heady freedom to be able to shop w/out kids :) I’m glad you got a break!

  5. I like to take my sister with me when clothes shopping. She keeps me from committing too many fashion sins. LOL!

  6. Oh I can so relate to your shopping pain. I dread shopping. I feel so out of style and lost when I try it. Lately, I’ve been shopping at a local vintage place – lots of fun stuff at reasonable prices…plus, I won’t see the items on anyone else.
    Glad you scored some bargains. That’s always a plus!
    ;)

  7. Love the new site! Sorry it took me a little while to get over here, but now my blogroll is all updated.

    I feel your shopping pain! I went shopping recently because of my photo shoot in Real Simple
    http://hankandwillie.wordpress.com/2007/05/23/the-real-simple-story-wearing-your-dirty-laundry-in-a-national-magazine/
    and it was so stressful!
    I am happy to see those longer tops this year though, and some are even kinda flowy around the belly, which is JUST FINE! :)
    Anna

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