The few times I tried to find clothes that fit, I was always frustrated. If I tried to go to a normal store, I'd get looks from the shop assistants. I remember when I was trying to find a dress for a party, and I went to Cue, and the shop assistant said straight out to my face "I'm sorry, but I don't think we have your size here." At that point I was size 16, and the look of distaste on her face killed the last of my enjoyment of shopping. After that, I stuck to "fat chick" stores...but I couldn't find any with fashionable, affordable clothes. They all seemed to be frumpy and trying to cover up my "flaws", but ended up making me look even bigger. So I stopped buying new clothes unless I absolutely had to, and then hating the exercise of shopping, and started feeling even worse about how I looked. I felt like I wasn't supposed to look good.
Recently I've discovered a whole community of other bloggers and tweeters in Oz that have proven to me that it *is* possible to be gorgeous and plus-size. Corpulent, Definatalie, and especially Frocks & Frou Frou, among others, have given me some fabulous ideas and tips, and most of all, the confidence to try something new. I suddenly feel much more confident about my body, even though nothing has changed: I have a whole new outlook on myself and my clothes.
So today I went out and bought 3 things from the fabulous City Chic store in Robina. The clothes there were stylish, and designed for people like me: young and fashionable and confident in my curvy body. I wanted to buy so many things, but limited myself to the 3 I ended up with :) I still have my eye on a few things (wish list coming up below!). I'm also going to order some tights from We Love Colors in a couple of days, when they start their free shipping to NZ and Oz promotion. While in Robina, I bought a couple of pairs of cheap flats from Rubi Shoes as well.
So here is my current Wish List:
- Skinny black jeans (perhaps from JeansWest)
- Booties to go with said jeans (like these from Tony Bianco)
- A coat I can wear over pretty much anything - I'd love a leather jacket but would settle for a trench or something like that
- A party dress for the work bonus dinner on 9 July, almost definitely from City Chic
- Shoes to go with said dress
That will do for now, or Dave will have a hernia. I'm just going to slowly build up my wardrobe into prettier, sexier clothes. Surely he can't complain about that!