Now I am a big fan of making up new words. My most recent favorite is from Mia Michaels on "So You Think You Can Dance", which is "gorgious" (pronounced gor-jwa', for those of you not obsessed with the show). But seriously, "jeggings"? If you need proof that there is evil in the world, the invention of both the word and the item should do it for you.
Why the tirade against jeggings? Because I have actually started looking at clothes again. Allow me to explain.
At a size thirty-something (I'm not even sure of the size, since most of the time I just wore stuff until it stretched to fit) you tend to ignore fashion, which is truly against my nature. I love clothes and am a beauty junkie. When I was young, I would have killed for a pair of Guess? jeans (which would have never fit, even if we could afford them). In college, I went wore a lot of LL Bean (hey--it was the mid-nineties and it was all about the flannel). When I started my first job, I wore long skirts with tights and chunky shoes (late nineties, so again it was quite fashionable). But after my first job, I sort of gave up. Nothing fit, nothing looked cute, and shopping just sucked. The only thing I got excited about was shoes and bags--because they always fit (this is probably also the reason I love makeup so much). Then I broke my ankle, and adorable shoes were out too. All I had left were a couple of great bags and a LOT of makeup. And it made me sad and angry that all the cute stuff was not meant for me.
But now, I'm starting to see the fashionable light at the end of the weight loss tunnel (that was a stretch of a metaphor, wasn't it?) I don't have to shop for clothes on-line at Fatima's House of Tents anymore! Instead, I'm finding that I can shop in Layne Bryant again, and they do have some cute things. I've bought a couple of pieces I couldn't wait on (a bra, a pair of jeans, and a t-shirt), but I'm putting off buying anything else until I can get into an 18/20. Why? Because when I reach that size (and I'm right on the verge), I will have nothing left that fits. My adult wardrobe, as large as the range of sizes was, stopped at 22/24. So I'm really looking forward to getting to actually shop soon (knock on wood, by Thanksgiving), and so I have started looking in store windows and fashion magazines.
Hence, my discovery of the evil items known as jeggings (nope...still not a word). Here's hoping that by the time I can fit into them they will be out of style and I can move onto something that is actually flattering.