My Kingdom For A Burkha
February 20, 2006
Yesterday I went to the mall to try and find something to wear to my niece’s wedding next month. My criteria were simple. Must be able to whip out the boobs for nursing without having to lift the entire dress over my head, as that is still socially unacceptable in most circles. That was about it. I was open to anything else.
As luck would have it, all the holiday party dresses were on clearance. So I gathered up all the ones I could find in my size, that weren’t too ugly, too skimpy, too garish, or too old lady like, and headed into the dressing room, my 1 yr old and 2 yr old in tow.
Here is where I think stores go wrong. What is with that bright fluorescent lighting that highlights every single body flaw and makes your skin appear sallow and as if you have been living in a dark cave with no exposure to sunshine for at least a decade? Wouldn’t stores sell way more clothing if the dressing rooms were lit by, say, candlelight? Everyone looks good by candle light.
Or even better, pitch black darkness with just a tiny hand mirror to look in.
And now, thanks to my two year old,everyone in the
dressingroom store entire mall knows the color of my underwear, the fact that I don’t have a Brazilian, and they are all wondering what the “that” refers to when my daughter screamed, “why does your stomach look like that?”
I picked out a dress that I hated the least and figured if I didn’t eat from now until next month I might be happy with how it looks. It didn’t have a price tag on it, so I had no idea how much it cost. The rest of the dress were clearanced down to around $75, give or take a few. Then they all were an additional 20% off for the President’s Day Sale. I assumed this dress would be right around there also. The sales girl went off with the dress and when she came back she told me she would sell it to me for $14.99. I congratulated myself for my mad bargain hunting skills. Also, I professed my love for the dress and vowed to buy some hand weights.
But now began the quest for a bra to wear with this dress. It requires a strapless bra.I have never owned a strapless bra. I always worried it would slip down around my waist and end up looking like a loose belt, or worse yet, bring my boobs down there with it. I still am unsure about the whole thing as I don’t quite understand what is going to hold it up in place where it belongs. These here are working boobs. They are tired from all their work and like to have some support.
At this point, my daughter was going to DIE if she did not have a sugar coated pretzel like some people she saw behind us at the cash register line. So we exited Filene’s and bought some
crack sugar coated pretzels. They were so yummy, and also so calorie laden that I will need to run non stop from now until the wedding to burn them off. Yes, them. I couldn’t let the one my daughter didn’t finish go to waste. Or my son’s either.
So if you are wondering where I am, I am running my ass off, literally.
By popular demand, here is a photo of the dress:
I still need some new shoes. My black heels are circa 1999, and as much as I try to convince myself that they are still stylish, they are not.
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