It’s August and it’s back to school time, even for college instructors like me. And, since my classes start in just a week, even I am thinking about whether I need some new clothes for the school year. But clothes shopping always leads to what I call the “Fat Person’s Clothes Dilemma” or FPCD.
First of all, understand that it is a rare person who is happy with his or her body when he or she is overweight. There’s always the next diet or the next workout plan hovering in your future and that will change everything (supposedly). But that uncertain future leads to unrealistic expectations related to future weight loss and what clothes sizes you can wear in the future. That thinking, in turn, leads to FPCD, i.e. “I’m going to lose weight so I should wait and buy new clothes then.”
Right now, I’m suffering from some of the worst FPCD I’ve ever had. I know I need to get some clothes that fit me better and generally look better than what I’m currently wearing. But I hate to shop as it is and the thought of shopping at my current weight makes me want to scream. Loud.
It doesn’t help that the clothes in women’s sizes seem to be made for short people. Short people who like sweatshirts with cat appliqués on them.
So, tomorrow, I’m going to try to find some new clothes. I can’t buy pants off the rack because my legs are so long, but I can try to pull together some pieces. At this point, I’m thinking tops and maybe some crop pants.
But I could use some help. What are some good pieces I should look for? I tend to wear neutral solids with one brightly colored or patterned item like a t-shirt or maybe a scarf. Should I be trying something else? Current plans are to start at Target, then jcpenney and finally Dillard’s.
God help me.