Thursday, October 10, 2013
WELCOMING THE PEAR
I used to be a size 8. Really, I did. It's hard to believe, I know. Do you know what, I even used to wear a bikini. GASP. I'm repulsed by the memory.
Oh wait, that's right. That was before my body wore the trophies won from growing and birthing humans. Before stretch marks, sagging breasts and unfortunate excess skin.
Back in the day I had a wardrobe literally overflowing with lovely 'dry clean only' clothing. Silk, velvet, tweed - what of it? Sass and Bide, Zimmerman, Marc Jacobs, Lover - it was no big thing. I thought nothing of it and convinced myself that buying designer threads was an 'investment' because you know, when I was 23 I thought I'd be, like, a size 8 for, like, ever. You know?
Needless to say, once I had birthed my first baby I realised, much to my horror, that my bum was never going to be small again, that was reserved for my boobs post breastfeeding. I happily welcomed the pear and all of my wise 'investments' were wasted.
Over the past 5 years my body has experienced dramatic change, 3 times over. Each time I've bought a new child into this world, I've kept an extra 6 or so kilos, just to be safe (gotta keep those reserves up, right?). I'm currently 30 kilos heavier than I was on my wedding day, which is a lot.
The extra weight isn't really a problem for me, it's not something I dwell on and it certainly doesn't make me feel bad about myself. But it DOES create quite the dilemma when I try to dress myself.
I've got a wardrobe FULL of great clothing but over half of it is packed into space bags waiting for my size 8 arse to re-appear.
I'm sick of the clutter and I need to cull but i'm a pinch sentimental.
So what's a girl to do?
Do I simply throw out years worth of beautiful clothing in perfect condition? Do I keep a collection for my daughters when they are older, or is that really dorky? Do I hold onto all of it for another decade in the hope that i'll shrink?
Or do I throw it out (obviously that means giving it to friends and charity), all of it? Purge and begin again with wash and wear in a size 12?
How have you managed your wardrobe during your baby making years?
*i'm not the only one who loves Country Road sizing am I?