When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping, right? To say this week has been challenging is an understatement, so when I had the chance to bail yesterday morning, I DID.
Hello, outlet mall!
Given my limited budget, my resolution to shrink my closet, and a ten-dollar coupon for Famous Footwear I figured I was safe. Right off the bat, a super cute pair of metallic boat shoes spoke to me. They’re almost identical to the $98 Sperry’s in the current J. Crew catalogue, and they were marked down to $10. With coupon: FREE.
Nothing like a little retail therapy to improve one’s outlook.
Emboldened by my great find, I set off for The Jockey Store. Now usually bra shopping ranks right under swimsuit shopping as my least favorite shopping activity. But bras are one of the most important pieces of any woman’s wardrobe, and FINDING a new bra is right up there with scoring a free pair of metallic boat shoes.
Since getting properly measured I’ve stuck with my true size. But the problem is the so-called bra experts tell me I can “cheat” into other sizes. For instance, my 32D equals 34C equals a 36A.
Ummm, not really.
I tried those 34s and 36s on yesterday and, yes, some of them functioned, but they didn’t feel like they really fit. With a hundred or so 75% off bras to choose from, I was tempted to buy a couple extra $4.99 cheaters. In the end, I chose one high-impact, cotton sports bra in size medium.
Sure, it would have been nice to have a couple extra bras in the drawer, but I’d like to think there’s such a thing as good bra karma. By leaving those bras behind perhaps another woman will walk in and find her perfect fit… yet I’m still thinking about the deals I passed on.
What do you think? Would you have purchased the extra bras as backups, or put them back on the rack? ~ Jamie
PS: The true highlight of this week, even better than metallic boat shoes and a bra, was Christy Carlyle sending over the cover to my next novel: The Commodore’s Daughter. Stay tuned! Cover reveal via Facebook on Monday!