Hands up, who owns a piece of clothing that is too small to fit into? I’m talking about THAT piece that hangs in your wardrobe and is a good few inches away from any bloody hope of fastening up. The piece that when you look at it, you envision one day it will wrap around your perfect bikini body and with every step you take wearing it, you will be graced by a glorious ticker tape parade! But the question is, how does it really make you feel today as it loiters in the closet?
THAT Smaller Piece
Maybe its a piece from years ago? From a decade of irresponsibility and beer fuelled happy days? Maybe its a sentimental piece reaping memories of a truly happy time in your life. Maybe its a bargain that you grabbed and thought, “That’s it! Next month I’m going to survive solely on drinking lemon water and eating dust to fit into it!”. This particular piece of clothing has now been crowned as your ‘New You’ golden motivator. By owning this piece, hook or by crook, you are somehow and in some way going to fit into and wear it. I reckon I’m not alone with owning some pieces like this? Am I right or am I right?! and hey, there is no judgement from my end of town!
My Shopping Jackanory Story
Well, here’s a little story about one of those Polly Pocket sized pieces in my wardrobe. Following on from my epic showdown of a wardrobe de-cluttering session last week (Lesson from a wardrobe detox post here) I rummaged through the hefty excess IKEA bags of clothing. I discovered the pieces I love, the pieces that love me back along with the pieces that should never have bloody crossed over my doorway in the first place. But one item I unearthed was a pair of MIH Jane jeans that I bought 3 summers ago. These poor denim beauts have been buried in darkness in my spare clothing cupboard like a little Pit Pony and have never even seen the light of day. The story behind these denim gems is that I saw them in a copy Red magazine and on some bloggers pages. I absolutely loved them but the price tag told me ‘Not this pay cheque darlin”.
So, during a moment of iPhone swipe ‘n’ shop weakness, hallelujah! I discovered they were in the ASOS sale!! I screamed and took immediate action to order a pair. Ok, so what a shocker, they didn’t have my bloody size, they only had one pair left in a size smaller to me. What a disappointment! What a shopping quandary!
When you see some fab MIH jeans in the sale but are a size smaller, do you?
a) Love them and leave them for someone else to buy who will actually fit them?
b) Do you sigh and think “they are not meant to be this time?”
c) Do you state this moment does not end you search and you’re sure to find a pair in your size soon?
Well, obviously I said a big
fuck off “No” to all of the ‘common sense’ above. I quickly ordered them and declared that maybe they would fit? Maybe I would miraculously loose half my body weight in the week of shipping time? Maybe I was indeed just carrying water weight as opposed to two bottles of Prosecco and plates of calamari on each hip!
Alas, the MIH Janes finally arrived, I tried and they cried- refusing to go past my hips. Any shopping sense floating around my bedroom that day would have gently patted me on my shoulder and told me “never mind love, just return them, it was worth a go”! But we all know how this story is going to end. I kept them and the MIH Janes have now affectionately become known as the poor Pit Pony f*kers that will never make it round my waist even after a serious bout of Gastro! So let’s begin my lesson of owning THAT smaller sized piece in the wardrobe.
The Dangers of keeping THAT smaller item in the wardrobe
- Don’t keep something to encourage any shape or form of self-loathing. This is a complete and utter waste of precious energy or time. Life is simply too short. I’m sure no one lay on their death-bed saying they wish they had spent more days crying and chastising themselves over a pair of jeans that stood no bloody chance of ever fastening up.
- Don’t keep anything that leads you to question you body shape, beauty or self-confidence. There is absolutely no room for negativity in that department of your life!
- If you’re keeping something for sentimental reasons then this piece has to make you smile, laugh and blissfully wander down memory lane when you hold it in your hands. Get rid of it, if it ever dare whisper to you “those were the days, fat arse!”.
- Keeping this item is a reminder of all those shopping restraint hurdles you jumped over but knocked down and then fell flat on your face with a bag in your hand. Get rid if it teases you with “you bought it, you ignored all the sensible voices in your head and then proceeded to act like a delusional tit-head thinking you were the Felicity Jones and not Felicity Taylor. Harsh words for harsh times.
- Keeping this item is a reminder of a rock ‘n’ roll night when you lay in bed surrounded by the iPad, an empty can of Pringles and an empty glass of wine! This was the fuzzy eyed online shopping you did with the assurance that you were actually buying items with the monopoly money you found on the kid’s bedroom floor!
- You live, you learn, and by the way, you are bloody amazing! Absorb every ounce from this lesson and skip on happily to be content in your shape as you are.
The Shopaholics Recovery Method From Buying THAT Smaller Sized Piece Of Clothing
- Don’t be tempted by the last man standing. This is my biggest hurdle to jump over. I’m a sucker for a sale item and the belief system that the shopping fairies will automatically ensure I fit into it, just because I can now afford this piece. I need to learn that this is not a formula destined for success. If it is the last item in the shop/online sale section, but not my size – then I need to just walk away. I need to also take note that these are the same fairies that visit my car and leave Kit-Kat wrappers in the glove compartment. I may believe in magic and fairies but my hips certainly don’t!
- If you like something, if you covert something, if you dream of something and if you point-blank obsess about something, then just bloody save up and buy that one thing! Pay full price for it and skip off into the sunset with it, enjoying every single, well-fitting thread of it. There is often a danger sign attached to waiting for the reductions. They can entice you to buy your second or third option. I am in no means saying that we should just pay full price for our wardrobe and to hell with the consequences. I’m a born sales hunter and bloody love a good bargain. But when I reflect on the things that I have bought and will now pass down onto the 14 year olds in my life (as that is who they will fit- FFS!) Then I reckon we should avoid falling into the trap of buying something we didn’t initially lust after, solely because it’s in the sale and maybe one day it will fit.
- If you try something on, regardless of whether it’s the shop or an online purchase in your bedroom, and it doesn’t fit, then drumroll………..don’t bloody keep it. I reckon some of you are reading this thinking this woman is f*cking nuts. I think there are also some of you from the same campsite as myself, nodding sheepishly and recalling items in the wardrobe that are a bit snug with the store tags still attached.
How to get the item you want in YOUR size
I’m sure if I had actually bought those Made In Heaven denim beauts in MY size, I would have loved them and worn them until they fell off me. If I could turn back the clock on buying those MIH Jane jeans I have learnt how to hunt something down that I love. If only I had invested time in buying them in the right size to bloody fit me! To conclude from this harsh lesson I reckon if there is something that you are after then spend some time searching for it.
- Check other stockists both locally and online, search internationally if needs must.
- Google search that item name, style or style number and see what comes up. Follow that lead.
- Check the eBay and pre-loved options. Don’t just stop there either. People are starting to sell their stuff from instagram accounts so type in the hashtag and see if anything comes up. Check Facebook selling pages for particular brands as an option too.
- Reach out to the Brand/Company head office contact and beg & plead for them to help you. I’ve done this in the past and it worked a treat!
- Contact the fashion bloggers or Instagram peeps who you’ve seen wearing it. Maybe they know of a stockist you can check out? We’re always looking at the latest fashion collections and press info and so are happy to help a shopping damsel in distress, as we’ve all been there!
The Fashion Economist Mission
It’s simple. Buy things that you love. Buy them in the full knowledge that you have tried them on, that they fit you well, that you will wear them countless times and that they make you feel bloody fabulous and grant you a happy skip in that step. Buy one good thing as opposed to bloody ten. Do not keep the online orders that are destined to become a Pit Pony in a cupboard.
Lastly, bloody love and accept yourself. The minute we start to accept ourselves as who and what we are, then we are telling those around us to accept us too. Thich Nhat Hanh, buddhist Monk and peace activist, said it beautifully with his words “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
I’m all for eating healthy food to fuel our bodies and keep us strong and away from illness. I’m all for exercising regularly to help us deal mentally with the daily stresses of life and to maintain our bodies fitness and strength. I’m also all for drinking a glass of wine, eating a slice of cake and just being happy as I am. A pair of jeans that won’t do up around the waist have no right of place in our wardrobe, our mind space or our emotions and self reflections. The MIH denim pit ponies are heading off to a better home, a home that will wear them regularly and love them. Poor buggers need some sunlight at long last.
Thanks for reading