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Question: What do 14S, 16P, 16, 16W, 18, 18W, 1X, M, L, and XL have in common?

Answer: These are sizes of clothing that I wear for my body type ("Apple"), height (I expect to get a little shorter as I grow older, but otherwise it won't change), and current weight (creeps upward easily but I've been for the most part trying to control it). Different sizes for different styles and different manufacturers and different fabric.

We're going to the Big Island on vacation in a few weeks and it was time again to buy t-shirts I can be seen in public wearing (i.e., not stained and without holes) and replace a few shorts that have worn out waistbands or are too large. I like comfortable and loose (but not huge) clothes. Nothing tight. Nothing that will make me feel hotter than I already usually feel. Nothing that needs special care (such as hand washing, line drying, dry cleaning, or ironing).

I spent 3 hours at JC Penney in Pleasanton last night after work and another 2 1/2 hours this morning at JC Penney in Hayward (big sales), looking at nearly everything in the regular size and Woman size sections of both stores.

After 5 1/2 hours of shopping and 4 trips to the dressing room last night and 2 trips this morning, I now have these new items: 4 shorts, 3 subtle multi-colored t-shirts, 2 tropical/Hawaiian-print blouses, 1 floor-length sleeveless sundress (hand wash, line dry rayon - yuk), 1 pants, 2 cropped pants, 2 simple tank tops, 1 fancier tank top, and 1 close-fitting top (that actually doesn't accentuate my body's roundness).

Shopping for clothes is not fun. When I was 45 pounds lighter and a size 8/10 (hmmm, some 11-12 years ago!), it was easier to find clothing that fit and looked good at the same time. I didn't mind close-fitting pants and tops then - I even liked wearing them. I loved wearing a fancy blouse and a suit (pants or a skirt) (dry clean only, of course!) and dress-up shoes (pumps). Now that I'm older and rounder (and more casual and practical), I don't want a waistband digging into me, or the roll on my back under my bra band emphasized, or my belly sticking out below a shirt. I seek comfort. I'm amazed at what some large women wear. Personally, I'm not interested in seeing their rolls of fat. And I don't want anyone seeing mine.

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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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