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The wardrobe identity crisis continues....and continues....

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nestingdoll

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Alright!!!! THAT'S IT! After several weekends in a row shopping in person (vs. online, my usual), I've come to the conclusion that there is a serious problem, here.

I ventured forth in the Reno-area shopping malls after a couple of snide remarks from my hubby's GI buddies, like "hey, honey, you know they actually make jeans that don't look like hammer pants." Thank you for your subtle alert that it is, indeed, time to purchase new clothing, sir. And, after the past couple of internet orders coming in already too big, I decided to suck it up and show my face at.....yes......a shopping mall. BLEH!!

If you're anything like me, you have a long monologue of reasons why shopping malls aren't the place for you. My last experience went a little like this: Hubby wanted me to buy a sexy bustier, so I went into a "regular" store, chose one, and proceeded to the customer service attendant who scoffed at me, told me "regardless of bra size, the bustier needs to be able to close all the way down," then reminded me to save my receipt for when I wanted to return it. I left in a huff and went four doors down to Cacique (Lane Bryant's lingerie shop), where they were rude and informed me the they don't carry my size in their store. Ah, shopping....the coliseum of the drama biotch gladiators. And, coincidentally, a place I can no longer avoid....

So, pushing these thoughts as far as I could out of my mind, I marched onward to "try on clothes" to determine my size. I only have one question:

WHY, LORD, DO PEOPLE THINK YOU WANT TO DRESS LIKE A TEENY-BOPPER HO-BAG IF YOU'RE UNDER A SIZE 14???

Still no success. Are my only choices in wardrobe identity a) old lady in black with random pleating over the boobs or :cool: teenage HO-bag.

WHERE ARE YOU GUYS SHOPPING????

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I am only at the beginning but I browse at clothes everywhere we go. I told my daughter today that I think I'll go for a sporty look. Nice tennis shoes, jeans, sweat suits/shirts. They have the athletic section at target, kohls, jcpenny. I agree they most stores are old lady or teen rediculousness. So the sporty section seems like nice respectable casual and cute. Good luck!

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Do you have an outlet mall close by? I like the sales, like 40% off lowest price, etc...

I also check TJMaxx, Marshall's, Ross, and Target. Penny's has lower prices now, not too bad. And Goodwill or resale shop for some comfy weekend jeans. It is totally insane when you wake up one day and have nothing that fits. I buy stuff kinda tight now, so I can wear it longer. Good Luck :)

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I know what your experiencing. I am in the persuit of some good jeans. I checked out target/ross/and tjmaxx. What I found is this skinny jeans(not for me YET) or jeans that are bedazzeled from here and back. I just want a dark wash with some fade in a boyfriend cut. I use to by jeans from American Eagle. Again with the skinny or the bootcut. Bootcut is to loose in the waist to tight in the knee upper thigh area. UGGh!!! Tops I'm not having a problem I am getting into a large without any problems. Its just the jeans I am having trouble finding my style. I'm 40 not 23 :(

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I just went to JC Penney's this weekend and picked up some clothes. I find that they have a good variety of styles and thier prices are reasonable for those of us still losing weight. I got an amazing skirt to wear with leggings in a size L! That is the first bottoms I have purchased in 20 years that weren't in plus size.

Now that I am in some lower sizes, I am going to check out Target too, the clothes aren't the highest of quality, but cheap for us "in-betweeners"! Good luck!

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Try SAMs! Yep I said it, SAMs of Costco! They have name brand jeans for about the same cost of old navy or target jeans but better brand and not the super low low waist kind, where your @*# crack is showing, either!

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I can only attribute this to my own desire for privacy, and probably my own vanity, but I buy most of my work clothes from Talbots or Lands End. I like that thay sell the same items in regular sizes that they do in plus. I haven't had to buy a lot yet becuase I have a closet that ranges from 16-20 but I plan to consign the stuff I can't wear any more. I also shop there because specifically because of the ho-bag factor. When Lane Bryant starting selling jeans that laced up the sides, I decided they were no longer for me.

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A couple of recent clothing finds:

2nd---my new jeans resource is Alloy. Don't cringe when you go there and see the teeny-bopper columns. The clothing can go either way, but their jeans are GREAT. Standards and practices brand boyfriend cut are my personal favorite. Regular prices are good, sale prices are better.

And,.....drumroll, please....cute tops at fashionjunkee.com. I'm currently loving their off shoulder tshirts. No bedazzling and they're barely off shoulder, no showing the areolas. Lots of colors, and because they're not fitted, they're lasting me much longer than my jeans.

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