When I looked like this,
I never cared about clothes. It didn’t matter to me what I put on my body so long as it fit. I never tried anything on in the dressing room either; that always left me guessing what size I truly was. Clothes were not important to me at my heaviest.
While I was a teenager, clothes meant everything to me. I wanted to wear the labels that the popular kids were wearing. I wanted to put on Guess Jeans and Polo shirts and Tommy Hilfiger dresses. It was only a pipe dream though. Mom stuck to shopping at Kmart, the thrift stores, and more often than not: Her trusty sewing machine.
(Sorry, bro. I had to show a pic of my teenage angst.)
I hated wearing hand-me-downs and homemade sewn projects. I always ended up in clothes that were too “mature” for my young years. I felt like June Cleaver or Donna Reed in some of those get-ups. I remember being taunted for something my mother had made; I took it off immediately when I got home from school and never wore it again. I was also bully and teased for wearing Kmart and thrift store clothes. It did happen. Bullying is very real. I couldn’t let anyone see me cry though.
Today, I look more like this:
(Christmas party – December 2012). My taste in clothing has evolved tremendously. I’m more picky about what I wear. I don’t need to have high fashion but it does need to fit properly and be comfortable. I believe that if your clothes are uncomfortable, you will outwardly express your discomfort. I wore “tents” back in the day because I was not a happy person. My unhappiness with my body showed in the clothes I wore. Happily, at a much healthier size, I can wear just about anything off the rack at Macy’s or Nordstrom or Forever 21 or wherever I want. My shopping as of late has been preferably at Old Navy, where the jeans fit me perfectly!
I work at a large men’s retailer; I had better know something about fashion! Eh, never fear! I have male coworkers that have helped me out with a lot of education and minor tweaking (not twerking!) when it comes to dressing in style.
And even more recently (plus proof I know the awesome and inspiring Mannings!)
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