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I Don’t Fit!

on March 14, 2013

The catalog from one of my favorite online clothing companies arrived yesterday.  Are you all familiar with Making It Big (M.I.B.)?  I’ve always found that they offer good quality clothes, truly designed for plus sized women and not just regular designs produced in bigger sizes.  Bonus — they are the only plus sized company that uses really plus sized models.  I’m not talking about size 16 or 18 only, but women who honestly wear 20, 22, 24 or larger.   I’ve purchased many lovely garments from this company over the years.

I’m still not buying a lot of clothes and certainly got some nice things over the weekend that will see me through over the next couple of months.  However, I have a couple of special things coming up that I need just a few more outfits for, so I was happy to leaf through the catalog pages.  I experienced something that has never happened to me before.  Most of the garments that I am interested in aren’t offered in my size!  The smallest size they come in is a 2X and I’m a 1X at this point, or smaller if the garment is a really generously-cut style.

I don’t fit.  I can’t fully describe how much this blows my mind.  For most of my life, it’s been the other way around.  I’d see beautiful clothes in stores or catalogs that I couldn’t wear because they weren’t available in sizes for the super obese.  Regardless of the number of times that I take myself off of mass mailing lists, I still get several catalogs that I’ve never been able to shop from before.  I’m going to have to rethink this and start looking through them instead of dumping them right into the recycling bin before I go into the house.  Better yet, as I continue to downsize, more stores become options.

Down here in the Florida Keys, I’ve not had a lot of places that I could go to shop for clothes.  KMart and Sears were the only two.  Even then, pickings were slim.  Our KMart is horrendous.  Many of us actually wished that it would be one of the ones that closed so that, perhaps, a different and better retail operation would take the space.

For new clothes, I’ve always relied on catalogs or made sure to hit the plus size chains when I go “off the rock” to the mainland.  If I traveled throughout Florida by car on business, I always did store locator searches for Catherine’s stores in the cities I visited.  Catherine’s has long been my favorite store for their variety of styles and quality.

I’m slowly realizing that as time goes on, I’ll need to do this less and less.  I’m already venturing into the Women’s Departments of big stores like JC Penny’s and Macy’s.  At some point, I won’t need the Women’s Department either.  The choices will be endless.

Wow.  This is truly an amazing feeling today.

4 responses to “I Don’t Fit!

  1. Hope says:

    I think this qualifies as a NSV! 😀

  2. Susanne says:


  3. kipper43 says:

    You can shop jcp and Macy’s now girlfriend go for it! Exciting news!😄🍀

  4. Skye says:

    Yay for you! Many many new options for you. What you saw as really one change — losing weight — turns out to be countless changes. What an exciting feeling!

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