I woke up one morning about a month or two ago and realized that most of my clothes didn't fit. They were too big. Imagine my surprise, for I'd only ever had this happen in the opposite direction. (Admittedly, my laundry would cause this one too many times.)
I was going to the gym more, but I hadn't lost weight. Initially, I didn't think too much about it, but then there wasn't any more a belt could do. That's when I knew that I couldn't put off shopping any longer. I like to window shop, but I don't really care for "shopping shopping" because I'm usually disappointed by what's there.
When I set out on a drizzly Saturday morning in Soho, I had a list of everything that I needed to replace; it was ten items or so. I was a little anxious at first because I historically have the worst luck trying to find things on the first go round. Growing up, Mom would have to take me to at least five stores to find jeans that would work. It was always, "the waist is just slightly too tight or too loose, and the length is slightly off." There was never a "just right" moment.
Nevertheless, I was determined. In fact, I'd done some initial searches the week prior just to get a grasp on what was out there and what stores I should avoid when I was actually going to try things on and make a purchase.
And while I didn't replace everything that I needed, I ended up coming out better than expected. Mainly because I realized throughout the day that I would much rather have quality pieces that can be interchanged (and that fit really well) instead of numerous "kinda good, but on sale" finds.
Pictured below are some of things I got. I was super stoked when things fit on the first try and when things were available in my size instead of just the size up or the one down. It was a simple pleasure that has come with a new found confidence in the autumnal layers. And many thanks to Lindsay Brown for capturing these photos around the Lower East Side.
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