Being under five feet tall makes finding clothes difficult enough – pants especially! During my second pregnancy I realized that getting back into my old jeans probably wasn’t going to happen. I gathered them together and dropped them off for donation. On a good day I still had two pairs that fit me. When my daughter turned one, I was finally determined to find jeans that fit the new me. Here is what I learned on my journey to fitting my new body.
Take time for yourself.
I went to the store all by myself: no husband and no kids. I had me all to myself and it felt weird. I also didn’t have any distractions to pull my attention away from my goal.
Don’t give up. Try, try again!
After trying on five different pairs of jeans thinking they were my size, I accepted the assistance of the dressing room attendant. I already had spent fifteen minutes going through stacks and walls of jeans pulling every size and style that I thought would work. I was about to walk out with nothing. She pointed me in the direction of where I might find even more styles that might suit me. Another round of five pairs and I had about one that I might purchase.
Ask for help.
I wasn’t convinced with the single pair of jeans I had found. It fit me, but it was only okay. I still felt too short for them and the curves weren’t in the right spot. I decided it was time to ask for help. One girl who worked there had my similar body type and she was wearing pants that fit her. She helped me find a style that I never would have thought to try. I’m sure that if I would not have asked for her help, I would have bought something I didn’t love.
I grew up wearing low rise jeans and didn’t think I would ever change. Two kids later and I’m not in the same body anymore. I’ve lost most of the baby weight, but even if I did lose it all, the shape of my body isn’t the same. It has taken me three and a half years to learn that it isn’t the number on the scale that matters, but it’s how my clothes feel on me that is important. I might not be 100% comfortable with my postpartum body, but I can at least wear clothes that fit and flatter the body that I have now. There is just something so satisfying in being able to button and zip up a pair of jeans without everything hanging out and feeling out of breath.
I am so glad that I took time for myself and stepped outside of my comfort zone to find my perfect pair of jeans. Bringing up the courage to ask a stranger for help was probably the most rewarding step in my jean journey. If you ever get the chance, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.