I despise clothing shopping. At the best of times, I wear solid colours and plain clothing.
I have a few brands that I love, and rarely venture out of my comfort zone. And, working from home has actually hurt the little fashion sense I had – I now live in comfy clothing and rarely have any reason to dress up. (Just ask the friend who I meet for lunch with every few weeks, she always looks amazing whereas I show up in yoga pants/shorts and a hoodie and sometimes a hat).
BUT, now I need essentially an entirely new shirt/top wardrobe so I’ve have no choice but to go shopping.
So, once I could lift my arms above my head, I started tackling this problem.
First, I have now tried on all my clothing and cleared out my closet of all things that no longer fit. I got rid of about 90% of my shirts/dresses. I own very few dresses, so I actually kept a few select ones that I am going to have altered to fit me now. And surprisingly a few items that had some elasticity to them still fit perfectly – no need for new workout shirts. But, I will admit that this task illustrated that I need to clean out my closet more often, and that I owned a lot more clothing then 1 person really needs.
Second, I’ve actually been out shopping a few times in the last few weeks:
- I’ve been to multiple Winners locations trying to find good deals. I found a few shirts and even a few things for Mr. MPB too.
- I’ve even walked around 2 malls, which were epic failures as I just don’t like malls.
- Mr. MPB dragged me to MEC (like REI in the USA) to find a few more items since they generally have a decent women’s clothing section. thankfully Baby MPB and Mr. MPB managed to help me pick out a few things.
So far, I have managed to find a few items that that I can wear now with a sports bra, and in the future too. I also bought a few basic t-shirts in a few colours for days around home. And, I even found a few shirts and a few cute summer dresses that I am excited to wear this summer. And, I even ventured out a little bit and bought a few items with patterns, bright colours and slightly lower cut (yet not slutty) items then I’m used to.
I definitely still have to do more shopping, but I have enough to get by right now.
Next up is bra shopping. For now, I plan to only buy 1 really good sports bra for running in the next few months, and 2-3 every day bras. Then, I’ll go again in a few more months time in case things change as I continue to heal. Hopefully I can pick up a few next week, but the timing will depend on how I’m healing because I wont be trying on bras until the last of my incisions are completely closed.
And then, I’m going to try a free personal shopper at a larger department store (thanks to everyone who suggested this last week). I’m pretty sure I’m going to drag a fashion competent friend along with me to provide her two cents and help make it a positive experience.
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