Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mission Impossible

Yesterday I embarked on a mission as hazardous, frustrating, and fruitless as any crusade in my life.

Yes, I went shopping for jeans. This is on par with going bathing suit shopping, except I KNOW a bathing suit won’t hide any sins, I expect more from a pair of jeans.

First, let me prepare you for the reason for my angst. . .

I am tall—around 5’9” tall, and a good majority of that is in my legs. I’m also rather large around the middle. I’m shaped kind of like an apple on two asparagus stalks. Finding a pair of jeans that are long enough involves digging through rack after rack of jeans. If I’m lucky enough to find a pair that won’t look like Capri pants, I then need to find a size that will fit around my rather rotund tummy.

I don’t know how many size 0, 2, or 4 women are out there buying jeans, but apparently, they must be legion, because those were all the sizes that were in stock at the stores I was visiting. Maybe the size 12 and 14 women had already swooped down and picked up the jeans in my size, I don’t know. All I know is, I could find one, maybe two pairs of jeans in my size after searching through mountains of denim. When I did miraculously find a pair in my size, the waist was so low, I had the mother of all muffin tops hanging out.

It’s enough to make a girl switch to mom jeans! (Because, God forbid, I actually diet and exercise.)

I wonder if this experience will translate to my next story? Perhaps my next heroine won’t be svelte and will have trouble finding clothes that fit. Maybe, just maybe, this experience will make me a better writer.

It sure didn’t help me get a new pair of pants!


s7anna said...

Hey Arianna,
I totally sympathize with your plight! I'm 5ft tall but quite wide in my hips and I've definitely got a buddha belly LOL and it always kills me to find anything that fits me! I really don't understand why stores by way of manufacturers won't sell regular size or plus size clothes in larger quantities..large time I checked most people are not frozen in their tween year figures! heck even as a teenager I had hips to which my mum loving used to say.."I was big boned"

I don't know what part of the world you're in...but if you're in Canada...well here's a heads-up...there's a store called Ricki's that carry a pretty decent range of jeans for both tall and petite figures with normal curves

Happy Reading!!!
Anna Shah Hoque

Tielle St. Clare said...

I'm so there, Arianna. When I find a pair of jeans that fits, I buy three and wear them until they fall apart (or I grow out of them...sigh).

Lynn LaFleur said...

Shopping for clothes is the absolute pits. I'm kinda round all over with large breasts. If I find a long-sleeved shirt that will fit my chest, then the shoulder seams are at my elbows and the sleeves fall over my hands. Arrrrgggghhhh!

I won't even discuss how difficult it is for a short, round person to find jeans. (sigh)


Cait Miller said...

I'm with Lynn, short and round is the pits :) I hate shopping.