You have all had a chance to hear my gripes and moans and ARGHs over trying to find jeans that fit (particularly the epic trip to find a week’s worth of discontinued Levi’s 529s). Well, I often have the same problem with dress pants. I just haven’t had the need or opportunity to worry about it in a while. But all these trips to court for this project at work have necessitated I pull out something other than my standard grad student chic wardrobe of jeans and a funky t-shirt (I know, I’m such a grown up), and I’ve discovered something. Um, apparently I was quite a bit bigger the last time I had to wear dress pants. Because all of them have the crotch hanging halfway to my knees since they no longer sit at my waist. I have exactly 1 pair of dress pants that fits as intended. Ironically, they were $2 at the thrift store.
So yesterday I was on a mission to find a few new pair of dress pants. Pants shopping is usually a traumatic task for me. Not as bad as shoes (which I also did yesterday), but still, exhausting. Given that there were a zillion sales going on, there were people EVERYWHERE and lines OUT THE DOORS of all the dressing rooms. I think I acquired a few new bruises from all the racks jammed cheek by jowl on the floor. But somewhere in the midst of all the chaos in Belk, I found them. Next to all the classic fit pants, there were CURVY FIT. Pants designed for women who actually have hips and a butt and a tiny waist. The angels might have sung. I don’t know, I was too dumbstruck to be certain. Because, seriously, for years, clothing manufacturers have acted like women are boards, and if you buy pants big enough to accommodate your derierre, the line of them just went straight up from the ass instead of nipping back in, meaning everybody’s running around in ill-fitting pants because I don’t know any woman who is shaped that way.
Naturally, I could only find one pair in my size (8 petite, which was a massive morale booster) in the Rafaella curvy fit. So then it was on to J.C. Penney, where I was even more fortunate to find MORE curvy fit pants, this time by Worthington (also 8 petite). I ended up coming home with 3 pair total, in black, khaki, and gray. There was much celebrating.
I also wound up finding (after going to 6 different stores) a pair of truly fugly black flats that I THINK I can stand in all day at this wedding we’re shooting today without being wholly maimed. Seriously, dress shoes are such a horrific experience for me. They just don’t come wide enough. That whole pointy toe crap they insist on for women’s shoes makes no sense to me. My foot is not a slice of pizza. It gets wider as you go toward the toes, not narrower. And my foot is a full inch wider than most available shoes (at least without special ordering everything, which I didn’t have time for this time). Which is why I am SO FREAKING GRATEFUL that I have a job where I can wear LOAFERS or whatever comfy shoes (usually cowboy boots) all the time.