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Yes, I *really* hate shopping

I needed to accomplish some kamikaze shopping tonight. Kamikaze shopping is my preferred style, anyway--set objective, make a single strike, done. In this case I need something to wear next week that's a step up from my very casual office wear (jeans or twill pants, cotton blouses and sweaters, etc) but not too far up. I'll be at a national workshop in Denver, and I'm both the organizer of it as of about 3 weeks ago (separate post on this soon, maybe) and am presenting 2 hour-long talks. And running the mini computer lab, but that activity doesn't impel me to change my wardrobe. I'd rather not spend a lot of money of any of this, first because I don't like to spend money on clothes anyway, and second because these occasions don't come along very often and the clothes won't get much use.

I decided what I wanted was slacks in some natural-fiber/polyester blend (that is, I want 'em to look better than the pure polyester ones), and with them I'd wear a cream colored short-sleeved sweater and a nubby rust/brown short jacket that was in the closet. First problem cropped up before I even left for the store: the jacket is now too big, and it's rather noticeable. If I were desperate I'd wear it anyway, but I'd rather have something that fits the skinnier me.

So the hunt was for almost anything in that sort of style. Plus I want a pair of navy twill pants that can be worn on another day with an off-white tailored blouse (also needed) and an embroidered vest. My LL Bean slacks order won't quite get here before I leave.


After >2 hours and 4 stores in 3 locations, I have a jacket that will do but which is very dull, a pair of not-really-dark-enough-to-be-navy blue pants with an elastic waist (yuck), and a pair of olive polyester/rayon slacks that could be paired with a sweater-vest I have, if I can't come up with something better. This was a thrift store-Goody's-Penneys-Sears run, and I've exhausted them as possibilities: the Goody's seems to have almost killed their Petites section (and what's left in it should complete the murder quickly). Penneys had these low waisted pants with a "relaxed fit" that slid down to my hips--and my waist is not particularly trim. Both Penneys and Sears had mostly 100% polyester pants that looked it, and the few twill-type pants were all (shudder) "boot cut". I'd call them "small-scale bell bottoms", myself. Not for me, thanks. The little bitty Lands End section at Sears was ultra-casual stuff. No one had anything resembling an off-white tailored blouse that wasn't 100% polyester and/or very dressy.

If I get done at the office quickly tomorrow morning I'll try another thrift store (seeking a nice jacket, cheap), and then make a pass at Rich's and Macys. If I can stand that much shopping, that is. There are things in the closet that I could use, they just aren't quite the style I'd like to wear--but if my shopping-stamina gives out, they'll do.

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mmegaera
Nov. 13th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
Nancy, I don't know if this applies to you, but because I have a *very* short waist and a *very* long inseam (5'3" with a 31" inseam), and because there's not a whole lot of difference between my waist and my hips anymore (I don't have a huge waist, I've just never had much in the way of hips), I have my best successes buying trousers in the men's department. Mostly khakis and chinos, but depending on what you wear with them, they can look nice enough to get away with. It's a thought, anyway.

Plus they're cheaper and better made (g).
nlbarber
Nov. 13th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
I wish it did apply--sounds like a much better option. But I'm a pretty average proportioned 5'3", so a 8 or 10 petite is usually just about right. If only I'd gotten that order for twills off to LL Bean in time to have them for this trip!
mmegaera
Nov. 14th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Lucky you. You can order trousers from LL Bean and have them fit, apparently. I can order from Lands End and LL Beans' men's department, but not all those cute ladies' trousers.

I hope you found something!
filkferengi
Nov. 13th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
There's a Value Village & another thrift store w/in a couple of miles of my house, if you'd like to come down. There's also a Value Village on Lawrenceville Hwy, in the shopping center where the Titan Games & Comics used to be.

Have you tried the Salvation Army? My sister-in-law likes the one in Avondale Estates, because they're snooty & high-priced. You're so skinny now, the stores should be covered in fun stuff your size. Good luck finding what you're looking for!
mmegaera
Nov. 14th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
You guys have Value Village down there? I'd never heard of them till I moved up here. We had Value City in Ohio, though.
nlbarber
Nov. 14th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
It's a different Value Village, actually. Ours are an arm of the American Kidney Fund, and their proceeds go to support the AKF. I've got a circuit going: donate stuff that doesn't fit to the AKF, go buy things that do fit at Value Village.
mmegaera
Nov. 15th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ah. Ours are like Goodwill only I'm pretty sure they're not non-profit.
filkferengi
Nov. 14th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
Iirc, there're at least 6-8 around Atlanta. When you come down, we can hit them all, if you like. [cue ominous music--weg]
mmegaera
Nov. 15th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well, er...
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