Several years ago, I began wearing Eileen Fisher clothing. At the time, I was ecstatic to find elegant, well-made clothes. They were comfortable, and flowing and I felt like they disguised my larger size. For many years it was pretty much all I wore. They are expensive, but I had a few pieces that were the staples of my entire wardrobe. I had one size L black pants with elastic waist and that was my uniform, paired with big boxy tops, or if I was feeling super daring, a cami paired with a big boxy jacket (LOL). I felt comfortable, and grateful that I didn’t have to look totally awful even if I was overweight.
The problem was that I had NO idea how my “clothes were fitting.” I could gain 25 lbs without having ANY IDEA of it, because those black elastic pants pretty much always fit. They probably would even fit me now. I didn’t really have any zippered pants other than some pretty large jeans, but even those depressed me when they got tight. So I avoided the scale, kept wearing elastic pants, didn’t know how fat I was getting AND really never had any sense of fullness when I was eating. Because that elastic could expand, and expand, and expand….
I’ve been reading lately how important it is to pretty much always wear nonstretch, zippered or buttoned clothing. For two reasons – so that you know what size your body is, and so that you can tell how full you are getting. These two concepts really meant nada to me for many years. I just wanted to be “comfortable.” But I had no idea how dangerous that comfort was.
Today I am wearing some pants that I bought recently. They are a tad snug because they went through the dryer for the first time this week. And I’m glad, because they are a reminder to me, as I go throughout my day, that I do not want them getting any more snug. I want them to fit, and hopefully, get a little looser over time.
I never really “got” this thing about elastic pants before. But I do now, and the only elastic I’ll wear now is for workout clothes. Oh, and I bought a new Eileen Fisher “pencil skirt” last week – size EXTRA SMALL (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and it looks pretty darn good. 🙂
PS. You have to realize that E.F. sizes their clothing HUGE, if *I* am wearing an Extra Small! But I’m not complaining.
I watched the 2nd episode of Dance Your Ass Off last night. On one hand, I liked it a lot (I love disco!!!!!) but on the other hand I liked it less. I noticed that my heart about JUMPED OUT of my chest when I saw a 10-second promo for the upcoming Biggest Loser Season! Woo!
But something about lasts night’s DYAO just seemed… sad to me. I can’t explain it. The psycho crybaby made me very uncomfortable, and I wished she’d gone home. Although I did like the way they all banded together and hauled the tempting “bad” food out to the trash. Good move, but I hated the tantrum that preceded it. She just made me super uneasy.
Also: I was trying to figure out WHY I liked that Lisa Ann Walter judge so much. (the middle one) I felt like I knew her realllly well but did could not place her. I love her but I don’t know why. Well last night I checked her out on IMDB and realized that she (many many pounds ago!) played the housekeeper character “Chessy” on the Parent Trap movie. She was so super awesome in that movie, and we must have watched it over a hundred times. But she is way skinnier now and that’s why I didn’t recognize her. I’d love to hear her story. So sad about that movie – Natasha Richardson is tragically gone, and Lindsay Lohan is… well, Lindsay Lohan. That was one of the prime kid movies of our daughters’ growing up time. We know much of it by heart.
July 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm
I would never pick my clothing by that criteria but then I do not wear pants that stretchy very often. Even if jeans are stretchy, they don’t really stretch that much and you notice when they get tight really quickly. As for shirts, I don’t gain nearly as much in my upper body anyway, so pant sizes really say a lot more about my weight than shirt sizes.
July 7, 2009 at 3:28 pm
I definitely like my stretchy pants and shorts when I go to the gym or ride my bike… and I generally don’t have “extra” clothes, so having non-stretch clothing is a bit of a luxury. That said, I have recently bought a pair of chinos and a pair of jeans to wear on weekends or social occasions.
July 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm
Foodie, I have some elastic type pants I bought at Lane Bryant because they look nice and are so comfortable. However, after reading this post I am throwing them out! Stacy and Clinton on TLC’s What not to Wear go nuts when people say they dress for comfort alone… I think I am going to start wearing a yellow polka dot bikini every wear I go… that should mortify me enough to keep me from eating all together! LOL… and you know I am kidding, but I am really going to start throwing out clothes as they get too big and “comfortable”!
July 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm
Yes, I think stretchy pants got me too! I’m much more careful these days…
July 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm
I always knew that Eileen Fisher was trouble…
July 8, 2009 at 9:44 am
Damn stretchy pants, those look so comfy.
July 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm
i get ya. i don’t think i ever conceded to buying elastic pants, but i managed to transition poorly from pregnancy/matrnity wear to regular wear at larger sizes.
i’m sticking with my button front pants from now on.
and, i loved Chessy too. she was the awesomest in that movie.
July 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Good tip about stretched clothing, gonna remember that.
Just read yesterday that somewhere in the near future their gonna broadcast dance your ass off in the Netherlands so I’m very curious.
July 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm
I just read this and as you know we decided to not watch DYAO anymore because of the tackiness of it. Interesting how great minds think alike!
If it says SMALL wear it everywhere you go! I would wear it and go get a small drink, in my small car, at the small gas station on the corner just to celebrate!
July 9, 2009 at 4:07 pm
Maybe I ought to wear the skirt inside out (WHOOPS) so that the tag is showing?? LOL