Where, today, I purchased a suit, a hoodie sweater, and a car-length wool winter coat - for $172.
It was AWESOME.
So, yesterday a friend of mine went with me on my quest to find a suit. (Summer job application season is upon us, and I'm doing a mock interview next week with volunteer attorneys, for which we need business attire. Of which I own none. I bought a suit before I went on the market in 1999, I think, but it stopped fitting me around 2005 and I ditched it long ago.)
We went to the big semi-upscale mall not far from campus, which has a Dillard's, a Macy's, a Nordstrom's, an Ann Taylor, a Talbots, and all the other paragons of American consumerism. Could I find a suit? Not to save my life. First, very few places even had any reasonable suit selection (my friend pointed out that we do live in a state not exactly known for its suits - after all, you don't wear them climbing a mountain). Second, the places that did have suits had few or none in my size. (I hover at the top end of sizes you can find in mainstream stores.) Third, the suits in my size were ugly and horrible on me. In short, a fun expedition, socially, but a bust, success-wise.
So this morning, after a lovely breakfast out, NLLDH and I headed to an outlet mall about 20 minutes south of town. I was fully expecting to have a frustrating, discouraging day of fruitless scrabbling through racks of ugly clothing. In fact, before we even left I'd already earmarked tomorrow for tramping round the snooty upscale mall near home.
And then the first store we went to was the Ann Taylor Factory Store. And they had clothes in my size! Lots of clothes in my size! And I tried on three suits, all of which were fine, two of which I liked, and one of which I liked a lot! And I didn't even try on everything that I liked! And everything was on massive sale!
Sorry for all the exclamation points, but this was both hugely exciting and a huge relief. One of the best things is, I don't even have to get the suit tailored - the skirt might benefit from being taken in a little, but it's very wearable as is. And the jacket fits great (it's possible that getting the next size up and tailoring it down would have been even better, but they didn't have the jacket in the next size up, and that size was really too big in the other suits I tried on). And honestly, right now, I just need something I can look presentable in for an interview. If I end up with a summer job that requires me to be in suits or the like daily, I will have to do some more shopping!
And then we walked around all the rest of the shops, and tried on but resisted many more cool things, and came thiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to taking home the 12-year-old cat up for adoption in the pet store we visited. (NOT a pet store that sells pets; a pet supply store, which had a cat from a local humane society there, looking for a home; he was curled up in his kitty condo when we saw him, and as soon as he saw us he came right out and rubbed his head against our fingers and purred at us for ages. I think if we were in something bigger than a 1-BR apartment we'd take him. Unfortunately, trying to introduce a new cat to two old ones in such a small place seems like a pretty bad idea. But he was sooooo nice! And he's 12! What if no one else takes him??)
So that was our day. It was exhausting, but good.
And now we are going to re-watch last night's Battlestar Galactica. We watched when it was on last night, but we want to see it again.
How's everyone else's weekend?