To preface, this is not a post about Gabriel Iglesias, although I love his comedy – especially the five levels of fat.
Growing up, I used to be a stick – a twig – a beanpole. I could inhale a medium hawaiian pizza and never show it. I could eat like a horse and still be hungry later. Ah, the days of youthful metabolism………how I miss you. Well, life marches on, and eventually, that nice metabolism that you loved so much decides that it’s just not going to be your friend as much as it used to, and slows down to a pretty nasty crawl. You get big, and unless you get more active, it’s something that tends to haunt you. You end up not being able to shop at the shops you like because face it………you’re bigger than their “normal clientele”!
It’s disheartening, as you stroll past aisles of T-shirts with cool sayings, none of which you can wear because they’re meant for someone a lot thinner than you are. Yep……..you got yourself into this mess – or perhaps a medical condition caused it that you have no control over! Either way, you’re left with the fact that you’re gonna have to shop somewhere that caters to your new size, whether that’s a permanent thing or a temporary one. You just can’t suck it in anymore – that ship has sailed, but……….at least there are ways you can still be happy, and I’ve found that shopping can still be one of them!
My life, fashion-wise, has been going more towards substance rather than style. Seems those days of drag shows and shocking the world are pretty much behind me – in any physical sense anyway. I am still creative in other ways, but self-expression may have left my wheelhouse. That’s okay though………I can work on that. In the meantime, I finally took up my wife’s advice and check out the big and tall shop here in town. Hey……..at least we have one to shop at! So……..I began my journey to new clothing nirvana at Destination XL.
Specialty stores, as a rule, are pretty nice. They have a good layout, the lighting is subdued for a relaxed atmosphere, and people are very nice, and eager to help you. I have been away from specialty shops for far too long, and glad I started with this one! I wasn’t out to shop for an entire new wardrobe mind you……….just a new pair of jeans. I loved jeans growing up, and ever since I gained my weight, it’s one thing in my wardrobe I’ve not been able to find!
Enter…….my angel, Karen! She was the lady who helped me to find the perfect pair of jeans. I thought I was a 48″ waist still………boy was I off the mark! After trying on at least a half-dozen pairs, she located the ones I had been looking for – ones that FIT and were LONG enough for me! I ended up buying a (gasp!) 56×32!
Oh my goodness……….I had packed on some serious weight since I last tried shopping for jeans………I just had no idea how much! Needless to say, once I did get into a pair of jeans that fit, elation set in – I had found my new shopping experience! It was bliss! I now had a place I could go to and find clothes that fit me! I know………why am I getting some worked up over finding a pair of jeans? It’s the experience – the way you’re treated when you are there as a customer. She was so helpful, patient, and nice – even offering me a bottle of water as trying on clothing can be a bit of a chore sometimes. Wow…….how often does that happen? That was a first!
Yes……..sometimes, it’s the little things that mean something.
Needless to say, I left very good feedback for them, emailed my experiences, as I feel good service should be rewarded, and the service I got was the best! You do not have to be ashamed to be big, because there are places out there that can still make you look awesome! So to you bigger people, smile and go shopping! Be happy, because heaven knows life is too short to be miserable!