Lately the work clothes side of my closet has been looking like someone snuck in and stole everything they could get their hands on. Lots of wide, open space and nothing but empty hangers. It’s definitely seen better days. I’ve been “getting by” wearing jeans and sweaters, but now that the weather is getting nicer outside (aside from the rainstorm we’ve had the last few days), it was time to do something about it.
The thing is, I haven’t wanted to spend tons of money because I’m still losing weight rapidly and sizes don’t last long. So, I figured a trip to Marshall’s was in order.
When I was wearing sizes 28, 26, or even 24, I could never shop at Marshall’s because they never had anything that fit me. And on the off chance that they actually had a garment in my size, it was never the right fit – too boxy, too “old lady,” or just too ugly. I longed for the day when I could walk into Marshall’s and find a bunch of clothes in my size that looked good on me for a great deal.
Well, I’m so thrilled to announce that today was that day!!
First let’s start with the things that didn’t work…
- The top left was a cute INC shirt in medium, and I was all set to get it, until I noticed that it had a bead missing on that accessory in the middle.
- The bottom left was a size large and just too loud. I grabbed it and thought maybe it would look better on than it had on the hanger, but no dice. Plus, it had a dolman sleeve style which doesn’t look good on me.
- I almost brought home this bright orange top on the right. It’s from Juicy Couture, and I loved how happy it looked. It was also a medium. In the end, it was $30, and while that’s a good price for the brand, I didn’t want to spend that much on it.
Ok, so let’s get to the things that came home with me. Let me preface these photos by explaining that I had on skinny jeans and Uggs, and because the dressing rooms at Marshall’s have bare floors, and I didn’t have socks on, I didn’t want to take off my Uggs or jeans. Which is why you see the jeans around my ankles, which is an oh-so-Klassy (yes, classy with a K) look.
The thing that I love about this dress is how thin I feel in it. It’s got a racer back, and has a gold zipper on the outside of the dress in the back that adds a perfect touch of style. It has side pockets, too, which are really convenient. I can’t believe that it’s a size L and it’s not tight at all in the booty, hips, or thighs. And with a price tag of $29.99, it was definitely coming home with me.
I loved this pattern because it’s very spring-like and happy, but it’s still sophisticated. This one is a faux-wrap dress, and it hits me just at the knee. It’s a bit clingy in the hips & booty, but that’s what shapers are for. And actually, don’t mind that it’s slightly fitted because it will fit me for quite some time. This dress was also priced right at $29.99.
This outfit makes me feel young and light. The skirt is slightly short, but I think it will look great with tights. Plus, I can wear a skirt for a lot longer than I can pants. When pants get too big, they are really unflattering. When this skirt starts to get a bit bigger, it will rest lower on my hips, and it will still be a good length. The skirt was $30, which is a good price for the brand. And this top… it’s a medium! I love the color blocking because it’s so flattering, and the hot pink color is really my favorite. The top was $16.99, which is an amazing deal!
So, I got two dresses, a skirt, and a top! Three cute outfits, two pieces of which I can mix and match with other things. Oh, and I also picked up an SF Giants woman’s tee ($12.99) that I’m going to wear to the BBQ tomorrow. And because it’s Marshall’s, I also picked up an 18-pack of Tully’s Hawaiian coffee K-Cups (to get me in the mood for my trip!) for $8.99 and an Alladin stainless steel coffee tumbler for $5.99. My total bill was $149.53 for all of that stuff! Not too shabby!!
The Marshall’s I went to had a huge activewear section that I didn’t even go through because I was trying to show some restraint. Believe me, I’m going to be a regular customer of that section very soon.
I had an amazing day today! Shopping is always fun, but shopping for clothes like these in sizes like this was truly exceptional. I was so proud as I slipped each item on and saw how it looked reflected back to me in the mirror. And when I look at these photos as I’m writing this post, I am really thrilled that I see collar bones jutting out, dimples prominently displayed, and such a happy look on my face. Losing 125 pounds is an awesome accomplishment, but seeing myself as this new, dare-I-say…thin woman is breathtaking.