Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Dress - or, the day I had 6 NSV's

The plus-size section at my Target is in a really weird place; it's randomly thrown in between clearance (yes!), maternity, and regular clothing. Due to its placement, and the fact that the setup seems to change every other week, I'm constantly looking at clothes that are NOT my size (see map below).

Red=clearance; Blue=regular; Green=maternity; Purple=Plus
Note: Not to scale, nor is this map intended for use in an actual Target store
Okay, so I always wander around the Clearance and Plus-size clothing, but during my last couple of trips I noticed this really cute blue and green striped dress in the regular sizes that are on the wall directly behind the clearance stuff. During my most recent trip there, I noticed that they had an XXL, and the material was actually pretty stretchy. I decided to try it on, just for shits and giggles.

Well, you guys, it zipped! It actually zipped! I had to take a picture.


I did not buy the dress, as it's way too short and I would never ever wear it out (probably a good 4-5 inches above my knee, though you can't tell in the pic), but there are so many NSV's in this one picture!

A) I had the confidence to even attempt trying it on
B) It actually fit
C) I didn't instantly burst into tears upon seeing my belly rolls or my jiggly legs
D) I took a picture
E) I did not crop my legs out of the picture
F) I PUT THE PICTURE ON THE INTERNET WITH NO FILTER WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE MY ROLLS AND JIGGLY LEGS!

Seeing this picture just makes me smile; it represents so much for me. All the effort, all the work I've done over the last 13 months--it's so worth it just to have this picture and to be able to have so many reasons why I love it. I'm still fighting the voices in my head that are saying, "Ugh, your legs are so ugly," "Definitely can't post this without cropping it," "You really need some Spanx..." But you know what? I'm ignoring them. I'm posting the picture despite what those voices are telling me, because I deserve it.



8 comments:

  1. You simply radiate in that photo, and it has nothing to do with the garment color you are wearing. Kudos! :)

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  2. Our Target's must be similar! Look at you! You are so happy in that pic! That alone is worth it whether or not you bought the dress. Great NSVs... all of them!!!

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  3. Look at that awesome smile!!!
    Targets layout for plus size clothing sucks. A lot of times I will pick up a cute top then see it is maternity. Damn you, Target.
    LOVE THE NSV's! GO YOU!

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  4. I'm glad you posted the photo because the truth is, all of us have our self-image issues and it's good to see and hear from someone else who is normal.

    I hate how Target has the plus sizes mixed in with maternity. Seriously?

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  5. Yay!!! Our Target hides the plus size clothes that too - so frustrating! I confess, I did buy a maternity tee once because it was back near my section and I decided no one but me would know it was maternity. :) Cute dress! Good for you for trying it on and posting the pic!

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    1. I actually just bought a maternity tank from there... the liz lange tanks are long and stretchy and really hold their shape, and there's no ruching so it doesn't even look like it's maternity. I still wear mine that I got in 2011--they are that awesome! I haven't found any that compare.

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  6. Good for you Christina! I love NSV's. I hope you have plenty more. You are a beautiful woman, and I am delighted that you posted the photo.

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