This may not seem like news to some of you. 'New jeans? So what? I get new jeans all the time.' Not me. The last time I bought jeans was about two years ago; walked into the store with an older pair of their jeans on, showed them what I wanted and bought two pairs just like it.
I do not enjoy shopping. I find it stressful on many levels: money, body image, taking my clothes off and on many times, finding nothing that works, being told I need to buy more. Seriously, not my thing. However... having not bought jeans in two years, I haven't had an un-holey pair now for quite some time. The pair on the right has been my "good" pair, reserved for nice date nights, taking Jacob to school or doing otherwise "important" things where I feel like I shouldn't look like a complete slob.
I did actually throw one pair away, mostly because it had a large tear in the rear end. That's a line even for me. I told myself that I should just throw out the holey ones and force myself to go shopping. I just couldn't do it. But I've been gearing up for it. That and I really am over looking like a bum and feeling like I never want to wear any of my pants.
So.... I psyched myself up, warned Jacob that I was going to be trying on clothes and (with the idea from a friend) headed over to Plato's Closet , a kind of resale shop mostly for people younger than 25. As Jacob tunneled through the racks of jeans, I started grabbing whatever looked slightly hopeful. Soon a young woman, Melissa, came over to help me. When I told her I was looking for pants, she mentioned a rack of neon choices: "I'm 32," I said. "I cannot do neon anymore. I did that 20 years ago and I'm not ready to do it again." Yikes, 20 years ago! I feel the same about floral pants, really. Don't know what people are thinking. I don't know that it was a good idea in the late early 90's let alone now.
Anyway... I tried on probably 15 or so pairs of pants (lots of them twice) while Jacob goofed off in the changing room. I asked for several different sizes, different styles... I took a long time. Melissa and her co-worker were SO helpful, making what is usually an excruciatingly painful experience for me a pretty pleasant one. That and the fact that I actually found three pairs of jeans I really liked!! And I didn't have to take out a loan to afford them either. I did spend $50 on one pair which is very not like me, but I figured for a pair that looks good and will hopefully last me another two years, that was okay.
Now I get to chuck some old pants and feel attractive in my clothing again! I could not be happier.