Beware! Ugly shirts ahead!
If you are my friend on Facebook, you might have seen the picture I posted yesterday of the shirts I found at Kohls. If you aren’t my friend, I’ll include the picture below, but I feel like I have to warn you, it’s pretty… offensive.
WHOOMP THERE IT IS!
I mean, did you ever? I’m a 25 year old woman who lives in New york. Why should I dress like a 75 year old Floridian man? This is the problem I have with Kohls. I find that as much as they try to keep the plus size section on the same page as their straight sizes, they usually fall a few paragraphs behind. Case in point: I went there today looking for one of those sheer button down hi/low shirts. They had really nice ones.. in the petites and juniors sections. That’s ok because I pride myself on making things work. So I wandered over to ”my section” The only thing that came close was a mustard colored silk button down shirt. I had to walk away. It was just not workable. I wracked my brain as I walked through the section and I spotted a collared half button down 3/4 sleeve shirt in mint green. SCORE! It was trendy, it looked comfortable, and my new favorite color of the moment is mint green. I grabbed one and headed for the dressing room. I pulled the shirt on and my happiness faded. It fit and it was comfortable; it just made me look like a manly camp counselor. It was not a good look. That’s an important question I ask myself in the dressing room. It actually made the top three. Does it fit? How does my chest/butt look? Does it make me look like a fat, man-ish camp counselor? Can I afford it? As I said before, I pride myself on making my clothes work for me. I think I do a pretty good job at it too. Sure, I have had many break downs in dressing rooms, in front of my closet, and, on particularly bad days, in front of the mirror. It’s normal and almost expected. Seeing shirts like the ones in the picture above always seem to throw me. I understand that the buyers for Kohls have to keep many different demographics in mind when choosing the items that will eventually be sold in stores. I just feel like they lean towards the older, more conservative woman more often than not. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kohls. Seriously, I LOVE Kohls. Lately it seems like I really have to work on finding things that someone my age would wear. It’s not just at Kohls that I am noticing this problem. It’s all over because designers and buyers seem to like to ignore that the average American woman wears a size 14, which is considered plus sized. You can’t tell me all of those women regardless of age, want to look like an extra from the Golden Girls. Another thing I notice about Kohls and alot of the other clothing stores is that once a particular style hits it big, they don’t stop buying it. I can’t tell you how many batwing/dolman sleeve shirts I have. Peplum seems to be the next thing that will fill my closet ad nauseum.
Clothing isn’t the only place the Kohls buyers need help in. Need I remind you?
I still cringe.
I was having a conversation with one of my cousins one night and she paid me one of the best compliments I have ever received. She said to me “I’ve always been jealous of the confidence you have.” I said “What confidence?” She told me “In what you wear. Even when we were younger you wore color, you went sleeveless, and you always seemed like you didn’t care what people thought.” That’s because I learned that I really CAN’T care what other people think of my clothes. If it’s 103 degrees out I’m wearing a tank top AND shorts. If you’re offended that my thighs know each other intimately and that my arms can give Old Glory lessons in flapping in the breeze, well honestly, you can just SUCK IT. Believe me you do not want me to be hot and miserable. With the help and patience of my mom, many family members, and close friends I’ve learned over the years that it doesn’t matter where you shop, what size you are, and what you buy as long as you’re comfortable in it. Just remember, confidence is sexy. Know it, love it, own it.
My prom dress had no back, no sleeves and I didn’t care!
I wore sequin leggings for New Years once. Who cares if I looked like a disco ball?
I was channeling JLo when I put this outfit together. I loved it so much that I even made this my Facebook profile picture for a while.
What did I say about wearing tanktops AND shorts? I had so much fun that day I didn’t even care that I had no makeup on (well, maybe a little).
Oh man. I just realized I might be coming off as conceited with all of these LOOK AT ME! DON’T I LOOK PRETTY? pictures. That’s not my intention. I’m just proving that I really practice what I preach. But seriously, look at me! Don’t I look pretty?