Daily Prompt: The Clothes That Make Me Look Good

When I looked like this,

FatPhoto1I 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.

TeenMe1 (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:

MeFormal (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!)

IMG_1761 (Dang!  I look skinny!)

Today’s post is brought to you by today’s Daily Prompt and the letter “C”.

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    First, the tip: I keep forgetting to read your posts. If you put a follow blog widget in your sidebar then I can follow you by email and I will never forget to read one.

    Now the question: who the heck are the Mannings?

    Yours truly,
    Short Round

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