Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Quote me on it

Tank - Anthro, gift
Vest - thrifted
Trousers - Willi Smith, thrifted
Mini belt - MMD
Boots - Trippen Happy Free

Despite having a very well stocked cold weather wardrobe, I'm still piddling around looking for goodies to spark my interest in this late summer. The hot weather just goes on and on. It all started with the idea of purple trousers. If you're a shopaholic like me, you get some stupid idea in your head that you NEED a certain piece because it'll go with everything.

Purple is not "in" stores this season. Or at least not the blue/grey-based purple that I'm looking for. Cue me popping into six stores in less than a week. In both TJmaxx and Ross, I was quite unhappy to find there were maybe 20 pairs of pants in my size range total. In all the stores. Apparently people my size either cleared them out, or more likely, they just don't get those sizes in stock.

Goodwill was kind of a bust, but I did come out with a pair of Jcrew cords in cognac. Not what I was looking for, but I'm willing to make them work, especially for a dollar. Thrifting is usually about finding what you can, not necessarily what you're looking for.

The worst part about losing weight due to medical issues, the trousers I'm wearing today don't fit. Fuck pants. I still love a well cut trouser, but not when the hunt to find anything that fits ends in so much frustration. Unlike the purple pants, these do fit in the waist so I'll hang onto them because they're best for dressing up professionally. However, I'll probably keep to my skirts and dresses as much as possible.

Tell me, readers, how do you handle fit issues when shopping?

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  1. I'm firmly in the "fuck pants" camp too - I hate shopping for pants. They never fit me right.

    I hate shopping for a specific colour when it's not "in." Frustrating when that's what you have your mind set on.

    I don't deal with fit issues. If an item doesn't fit or the store doesn't have my size, I say "screw it" and move on.

    Did I tell you that a package is on your way? A package is on your way! :) It's (finally) that awesome leather belt. I know it will fit you because it's WAY too small on me! I can't even do it up.

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  2. You have got some fabulous layering going on today lady, especially since it's still warm! I'm ghetto so I tend to take things in myself willy-nilly... don't give up the thrift hunt - because whenever I do finally break down and buy what I'm looking for at Target or on eBay, I'll find exactly what I wanted at the thrift store.

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    1. Thanks! It's been cool in the afternoon and rainy so I've gotten away with some light layers.

      I also do some - interesting - alterations, but my pants make-overs don't always go as successfully as I hope.

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  3. HAHA! I'm with you and Sheila - Fuck PANTS! If they fit me in the hips, they gape at the waist. Stupid pants!

    I've been known to buy things that fit me in the hips and have them altered. That can be a costly venture though.

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    1. I've done that a couple of times by myself. But when you have to take up the waist and take up the legs - it gets ridiculous. Easier to put on a skirt and go.

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  4. Ha ha! Pants can definitely be challenging. I have learned to try every pair of pants on that I am thinking of purchasing. I learned the hard way since I have purchased so many pants that don't fit and then I end up getting rid of them. Loving your belt today. I actually pulled my tie belt out today with the intention of wearing it soon :)

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  5. Stupid pants! I only have two pair, and of course some jeans that do magically fit. I wear skirts almost exclusively. Your trousers do look good, like they're supposed to be "fluid and drapey." Hope your health issues get sorted out very soon.

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  6. i think pants are the most awkward things to fit anybody. i've managed to find some jeans to fit, but i have yet to find any decent dress pants. i like those on you though! i love plaid :)

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  7. I try and try and try and try some more. I am also rarely looking for something particular. I have such a broad wardrobe that I know I don't really need anything. So when I go on a hunt and I don't find it the first or second time around I change my mindset and remind myself I'll find it soon. I've recently been on a hunt for pants/jeans and I had to go over my usual price point and really hunt. It's frustrating. But it works out eventually.

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  8. I love how the colours of your outer layers share a similar muted saturation.

    Pants can mostly go straight to hell! I can find pants that will go on my body, but flattering - they just ain't. Really, really ain't-aint. Except for the very odd miracle pair, which of course keeps me searching because they can (extremely rarely) happen. Maybe! But it's mostly sad times for me and pants. Sorry to hear of your frustration - sounds like quite a few of us share it! I too hate when I'm after something specific, haven't had thrifting luck, and everything in every single store is all only in the apparently trendy colours, which will rarely suit me.

    Especially sorry about the medical issues - know that I'm thinking of you. May robust health, as well as purple things, grow wings on their way to you! xo

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  9. Oh that is so crazy because I have been dying to break out my purple trousers too but they are a thick linen-ish material, but it has been way too hot! I like your layers today!

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  10. Grrr, pants. Pants are my single biggest issue. While I approve, in theory, of the recent trend towards cutting pants for different figure types, apparently, my figure type doesn't exist in the 3-shape formula. Mostly, I just live with it, and wear a lot of skinnies, where I have slightly better luck. I have all but given up hope on finding wide-legged pants that work for me, and long-rise is spectacularly awful.

    I'm sorry you're having health issues! (Also, your colours are beautiful together, and the silhouette is lovely!)

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  11. Hey Megan, saw you at Frannie's e-wedding party. Loved that obi belt you made. I think I might need one of those.
    That's frustrating about the pants. If I find something I like in a retail store and they don't have my size, I'll check ( or have them check) every single store in a 50 mile radius. Sometimes I'll check online. If I think an item is easy to alter, I'll do that too.
    Hope you find your purple pants. I know they're out there somewhere!

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  12. First--cute outfit--love the blue/greens on you!!
    I'm with you on hte heat. It's AWFUL--I'm calling it Swamptember for the heat and humidity.
    I get frustrated with pants, too. although with my profession pants are a must. (you look really stupid trudging around a construction site in a maxi and construction boots!!!)
    I've learned to alter alter alter. I'm thick-waisted, no booty/hips, short-waisted and long legged. I really need to just start sewing my pants from scratch!!

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  13. Oh hon, I'm sorry you're not finding pants that fit! I have to admit, I LOL'd at your "Fuck pants" statement though!

    I have a very odd shape for pants, so I feel your pain. I tend to go up a size a lot to accommodate my wider hips and often times alter them later. And I almost always need to hem my pants because I'm short, but the pants that are made for ankle length often fit me weird in other places. Fortunately my mom is good at sewing so she helps me a great deal! That's the best I can say about buying pants. They kind of suck, lol.

    For what it's worth, I love this outfit on you - I think the pants look good and I really like the aqua/purple combo you've got going on with your shirt and belt - such a lovely color combo and they look great with the pants.

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  14. I'm sorry for your frustration. Women finding pants that fit is like me finding a dress that fits. It's hard, usually by design. What's shaped for a normal gal is troublesome on me and many women with non-conventional parts in their shape have similar difficulty. Plus, increasing the difficulty is the female expectation that clothes fit well and are reasonably body-hugging. Men will wear pants that look like baggy parachutes with no shame or concern.

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  15. I like pants, but I tend to buy them from the same few stores since I know they'll have something to fit me. I think cognac cords sounds great!

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  16. I think you look incredible today. I love trousers, especially when they're slightly baggy/menswear-ish. They are by far, though, the hardest thing to find anywhere, I don't care if it's retail/thrifted etc. I think Shybiker really got it when he said that the expectations for women are even more restrictive. I've been obsessing about the perfect pair of black narrow-ish leg pants. I need just the right fit, length, fabric etc. Do they exist at any price? I haven't found them yet.

    After seeing you in this outfit, though, I'm inspired to relax my search and just enjoy the wide leg, baggy ones I already own. Like I said, you look amazing. xxoo

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    1. P.S. I meant to comment on the colors too-they are glorious!!!! I love the layering, belt, boots, EVERYTHING!!!

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  17. Pants: boo. Skirts and dresses: yay! I'm with you, sister.

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  18. Pants are hard to fit, much more so than jeans. I am not sure why that is. I really want to learn how to tailor pants, even bought a book, but haven't done anything yet to start.

    I do love this outfit on you. The colors suit you. The tie belts add a perfect touch.

    Really small sizes are probably just as hard to find as plus sizes. They just don't make as many of them.

    I sincerely hope your medical issues are resolved soon. It sucks when your body seems to be on a different path than your mind wants it to.

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    1. Oh and I have been meaning to tell you how cool your photos are in the building you are in. The arches in the metal are so cool looking.

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  19. I need to find clothes that will adapt to an expanding waist. When I eat certain foods (best diet for me still needs to be pinned down a bit) my stomach can swell massively. So i always need clothes that will expand to, or can be unobtrusively unbutoned for a bit. Stretchy stuff is all very well but can draw attention to the bulge. How lovely. Trousers can be the worst, as thry are hardest to undo without it being very visible. I feel your frustration.

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  20. I have purchased several Willi Smith pants in the past and loved them. I stupidly donated a pair to the GW Boutique (Dylan's term) when they were too big. I wish I'd altered them instead, because they were really cool. I have a tough shape for slacks anyway, and at my current low weight, y'all won't be seeing much of them on the blog.

    It's funny how we get it in our head to find the perfect item. I'm stuck on finding colored pumps, did find a pair at Off Broadway, Guess in fuschia but didn't feel like I could justify the $60 price tag. Found a much less expensive pair on Amazon that will arrive today, but I usually end up returning online shoe purchases - or selling them to my boss.

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  21. I have gotten to the point where I won't buy an item unless I know my tailor can shorten it. I used to buy clothes that sort-of-fit and end up looking sloppy.

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