Several years ago, I needed a dress for a special occasion. I’d gained a lot of weight since the last time I’d bought a dress and I ventured out to the mall. I’m not much of a shopper, preferring to buy online for whatever I can’t get at the grocery store or Target. My journey to buy a dress included an episode of me in tears on the floor of the dressing room. It wasn’t pretty! I did find a dress that was just perfect for me, but it’s a dress that is now two to three sizes too large for the new, fit me.
This season, I have many occasions to wear a dress…something quite uncommon for me. I am not averse to wearing the same dress many times…I’m a frugal person and cost-per-wear has real meaning for me. Even so, I can’t wear one dress to four or five occasions where I’ll run into many of the same people.
I have a lovely, albeit a bit too large, floral dress that I’ve already worn to a wedding of a close friend and to a bridal shower for my future niece-in-law. That dress is now retired for the season, if not permanently. I have the same dress in black in a smaller size which I’ll wear to my daughter’s graduation. Looking forward, however, I still needed a dress for my nephew’s wedding. I’d worn the floral to the bridal shower and the black isn’t appropriate for a wedding. This left me with the need for a new dress.
Meanwhile, I needed a pair of shorts to wear to a golf outing I’m going on today. I tried on the shorts I wore last summer, but they were at least two sizes too large and were really ridiculously falling off of my hips. I did, finally, find some shorts in my new size from years ago…but they were a tiny bit too tight in the waist. So, off to the mall I went…
This trip was a lot less depressing (no tears) but still frustrating. I hadn’t dressed properly for clothes shopping and at first I would bring one item at a time into the dressing room. I found the dress right away, but picked the wrong size. I had to get dressed again, including lacing up my shoes. Then I looked all over for shorts and found nothing but Capri’s and Daisy Dukes. I did find more dresses, so I tried on several more, one at a time. I found a couple I liked, but in the end decided to stick with the one I’d found first.
I finally found the shorts, just one style that was appropriate for golf. I grabbed my size and found them way too big. There is no consistency in women’s clothing sizes! The shorts I bought are a size smaller than the shorts at home that were too small. The dress, which fits perfectly, is the same size as the too-big dress at home. No wonder I hate clothes shopping. By chance, I found a sweater to go with my dress as I was waiting to pay for the shorts. Now I’m ready for the wedding!
Find the Joy in the Journey…sometimes you have to dress for the occasion!