Clothes make the woman crazy

by Ginger on November 7, 2009

in Becoming Myself, I'm a Disaster

So I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Actually, I’m a little under my pre-preg weight, and have been for a little over a month. But before you’re all, “woohoo, yay you!”, I must clarify…

I may be at that number, but I am a looooong way from that body. This new body is squishy, and jiggly, and mushy all around my middle section. If I laugh too hard, my belly feels like that line from ‘Twas the Night before Christmas…you know the one:

He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

Yeah, never really thought I’d know exactly what a bowlful of jelly feels like. I need to work out, I know that’s the cure, but I still get worn out and hurt if I overdo it. Not to say I shouldn’t be doing something (well, something more than the million trips up and down the stairs I make everyday), but it’s not like I’m able to do an hour on the elliptical to really get some cardio going. And forget about ab workouts–that just flat out makes my eyes water with pain. I know some people are able to handle ab workouts right after a c-section, but I obviously am not one of them.

So yeah, the number on the scale is back to where it was a year ago, but NONE of my clothes fit me. I could technically get in my old jeans, if it weren’t for the fact that they hurt my incision something wicked. Add in my ginormo breastfeeding boobs, and you’ve got a closet full of nothing to wear. I can’t wear my old clothes cuz they’re too small, and I can’t even get away with my maternity clothes because they’re all too BIG.

Unfortunately for me, though, I go back to work in two weeks. Two weeks, and I have approximately 1 outfit I can get away with at work. Which means I need to go shopping! On the one hand, that’s just what you want when your body isn’t at its best, to spend money on new clothes that you’re hoping won’t fit you in a few short months. But on the other…it’s been what feels like a really long time since I felt like I look presentable, between the old pregnant whale who couldn’t wear shoes and the post-partum mommy who never leaves the house. So there’s a part of me that is looking forward to at least looking put together, and maybe even…pretty?

So here’s my question kids…given that I don’t want to (and can’t) spend a fortune, and given that I’m not exactly what you would call svelte at the moment, and given that I could really use the personal boost of looking nice at work 5 days a week….where does one shop? I need enough clothes to get through 5 days at work–I don’t mind repeating my wardrobe week to week–but I definitely don’t have a big budget for that, probably no more than a couple hundred dollars (including shoes, since my feet have also gone up in size). I’ve looked at Old Navy (their stuff never fit me well even in the pre-squishy days), Target (same), and a little bit at Khol’s (which is hit or miss for me style wise). What other places are there for business casual, non-teenage body types on a budget?

Lisa November 8, 2009 at 7:36 am

I shop a lot at NY&Co. Their 7th Ave pants are the only work pants I’ve found that fit and aren’t some ridiculous flare leg or something. They usually have pretty good sales. And I love DSW for shoes. It’s like heaven!

Angela November 8, 2009 at 10:35 am

I was going to suggest Target and Kohls, only because I think they have a good selection. You can also try Macys or JCPennys!

Heather November 8, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Ann Taylor or Ann Taylor Loft are my go-to places for nice clothes. Skip the front of the store and head straight to the back for the affordable stuff! Their sale sections are usually pretty big, and you can often find quality shirts and pants for under $20.

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