Last night I spent 2 hours trying on clothes at Kohl’s. It has to be the most frustrating 2 hours OF MY LIFE.
It’s not just that I have a few extra pounds to lose from having a baby. I’m fine with that, I’ve accepted it, that’s just how it is. And heck, it’s only been 2 months. But it’s almost like my body is just… a different shape. I suddenly have big hips and I’ve never had big hips before, even when I was trying to lose weight the last time. Pushing a baby out seems to have widened my bones or something. And my boobs? OH MAN. They are large. Very very in-the-way.
But that’s not really where my main frustration was. IT’S WITH THE CLOTHING PEOPLE. I will never understand why a Large simply means LONGER. Seriously. There is absolutely no more room in the boob area than the smaller sizes. I tried on about a gazillion shirts, different styles, both larges and mediums and sometimes extra large- the only real difference was that they were longer. They were all equally tight in my boobs. Or if they were bigger in the boobs (often too big for me) they were super super tight around the waist and hips. GRR. Who is shaped like this? WHO? A Barbie doll?
Of course, that was in the juniors department. See, I’m having a bit of a dilemma. I’m at a weird in-between age where I still like (most of) the styles in the juniors department but the sizes are just all wrong for me now. But I go to the womens’ department and don’t really like any of the clothes. It’s stuff my mom would wear- and no offense Mom :) But I’m only 28!! I’m not ready for those clothes yet! I did manage to find a few things I thought were cute and more my age, but again I had a lot of trouble finding things to fit properly. I’m not sure if it’s just me getting adjusted to my new body shape or the cut of some of the clothes, or even a combination of things. But basically: FRUSTRATING.
And don’t get me started on the bras. I only breastfed for 7 weeks, but my poor boobs are feeling a bit deflated. I have to wear a bra all the time now (except for sleeping and let me tell you how happy I am to finally be able to go bra-less at night!) I’ve still been wearing my nursing bras, only because they are the only ones I have that fit well and give me some decent support. But I’m longing for a few good bras with underwires and no convertible, open-able cups. Simple, right!
I usually get my bras at Target or Wal-Mart. Spend $10 or $15 and get a bra. I’ve never wanted to spend a lot on bras because hello? They’re underwear. But this time, I thought I’d try on a few more expensive brands and see what the difference was- I mean for $30 it must be a great fitting bra, right? Before I went, I even measured myself following instructions I found on several websites. I’m a 38-D now (holy crap, thank you pregnancy) Then I set out to find myself a nice bra at Kohl’s!!
My first complaint: WHERE ARE ALL OF THE D-CUPS??!?!?!?!!?
I looked at 7 different brands. SEVEN. And 2 of them had NO D-CUPS to be found. None. And the rest of them only had a few sprinkled in here and there, so I couldn’t even really be picky about the styles I tried on. If it was a D, I picked it up. Front clasp? Racerback? Strapless? Seamless? Padded? Enhancing? If it said D in the size, I grabbed it.
My second complaint: THESE ARE NOT D-CUPS.
A few of the bras I tried on said clearly on them: 38D. But people, these were clearly not large enough to hold my boobs in. I was bulging out everywhere! And the tops of my nipples were showing in some of them, the cups were so little! (oh my I can just see the Google hits I’m going to get now that I’m talking about nipples) Perhaps I’m a DD? But even if I am… I had enough trouble finding Ds, I don’t know how I’d ever track down a DD bra. And I measured myself carefully several times, so I’m pretty sure my size is correct. So I tossed those bras aside right away.
My third complaint: WHY ARE THEY MORE EXPENSIVE?
I did find a couple of bras that fit my boobs. No (or very little) bulging, covered nipples, etc. But honestly? These $30-$40 were no more comfortable than the $10 ones I’ve worn in the past. In fact, a few of them felt even flimsier and less supportive than the cheaper ones. The only thing different was the fancy name on the tag. PSSSSHHHT. I’m no sucker.
My fourth complaint: SPORTS BRAS FOR $40????
I at least thought I’d be able to find a sports bra or two while I was there. I wear those around the house and when I go for walks and stuff. The cheapest ones I could find? $25. For a sports bra! Some elastic and stretchy cotton! Maybe I’m just being cheap but damn. That’s a lot of money for something I’m just gonna sweat in.
So I did not purchase any bras last night. However, I did come home with a new pair of shorts (maternity shorts, yes I revisited that department, but I was desperate and they are quite cute and very comfy!), a red button-down shirt, a white camisole tank top for wearing under stuff, and some khaki capris- all NON MATERNITY! So it wasn’t a completely wasted trip, but after 2 hours of trying on clothes, it sure was frustrating and exhausting.