Saturday, August 29, 2009

stirrups are for horses & the labor room....

Period!

But alas, I was on a solo shopping adventure this afternoon (God bless my husband and Saturdays!) and I hit up Old Navy in hopes of a $19 pair of jeans. FYI, mission failed! While this is a bit off subject, let me just say today I decided something that I have been fighting for years. I do believe this is the year I will bite the bullet and invest (and I do mean invest, we may need to take out a loan to move forward with this plan) in a well made, nice fitting pair of jeans. My theory in life with most things is, "You get what you pay for." But when it comes (lately) to clothing myself, I am into the best deal possible. But I do believe that being a 37 year old SAHM, my buns are calling for a well made pair of jeans. NOT the kind I'm going to get for $19 at Old Navy. But I digress...

So I was moving around the store in kid-free heaven. Only to discover horror of horrors... stirrup pants. Are you kidding me! Someone in the fashion industry is either having a mid-life crisis and is out to re-live 1982 OR the designers are so young and heartbroken that they missed out on this fashion disaster the first time around, they thought they'd cash in on it circa 2009.

After shaking it off, I moved to an aisle full of fall looking sweaters and corduroy pants, skirts and dresses. I NEVER have looked good in cords. EVER. I'm pretty sure only those pencil thin non curvy girls are the ones cords are made for, not for me. I'm trying to detract attention from my rear, not have people in line behind me at Kroger think to themselves, "That's a shame." I did, however try on a super cute egg plant colored cord dress and a just below the knee pair of brown pleather boots.

The dress would have been cute if it had been about 4 inches longer. I did a practice bend over (I have three kids, that's the kind of stuff you do in a dressing room!) and it was NOT pretty. I may have actually gasped out loud. And if I didn't, I should have. The pleather boots were cute, but not well made. (i.e. the get what you pay for theory.)

So I left Old Navy with a bag full of kids shoes. And a new resolution to stop trying to find stuff for myself there. I need to face the fact that stores like Old Navy are not for me. While I'm not resigning myself to mom jeans and embroidered sweatshirts, I do think I'm more likely to find flattering, life accommodating outfits elsewhere. Until then, I'm steering clear of all things 80's, been there done that- DON'T want to do it again!

4 comments:

KTC said...

Amen!

JRT said...

Every season I say that I will not shop at ON anymore. I have almost succeeded. Just the other day, however, I bought two basic, cute t-shirts there that I thought were so fun & modest. They are modest until some toddler (mine) gets picked up only to ruin the way the shirt lies w/o impediment. Then it was bra/boob central. ON is for teens/twenties & there's unfortunately no way around it. I will say that the dept stores are hurting & you can find some decent jeans for two digits. I wear them every day (once we get below 90 that is).

Anonymous said...

Stirrups were good enough for your mommy , then they should be good enough for you. And I am very sure I was well into my 30's at the time I wore mine. You did say it was during the 80's correct Well actually then, I guesse I was just inro my eary 20/s. And I remember buying you several pair (and you looked quite cute)

jenny from mommin' it up! said...

I know, I have tried to do "quality over quantity" with clothes but it's so HARD! I still haven't found the "right" pair of jeans that I can afford. But I think we both deserve a well-made pair!