After college when I was still single and childless I loved shopping for clothing. I had money, time, and I lived in great shopping places like Las Vegas and LA. I have a unique body shape to dress so it took time to find good pieces. That is time that I don't have these days at all. Also living in a small town like Las Cruces my options are very limited. So that leaves me in a quandry. I've been living here for a few years now, thus my old nice clothing is starting to bite the dust, and 3 kids later my body has changed a bit. So my choices are either wear unflattering clothing that I quickly bought and now regret, or potato sack. I think I will choose the potato sack!
Seriously when my mom grew up in Puerto Rico and life was so much easier back than. They were poor so they would buy flour in bags. The bags actually had decently nice prints (see above an example) and so my Abuelita would sew my mother dresses out of the flour bags. It amazes me the creativity people had back than. They were not ugly by any means. Well I never have time to sew, don't buy flour very often (haven't bought some in over a year evidence that I really must start cooking more), and they come in little one pound paper bags so I don't think this would be a good option for me either.
So that leaves shopping online at home. 3 years ago I found a boutique called Down East Basics in the Green Valley Mall in Vegas. I bumped into another one of their stores in Phoenix last year when we took the family to go see the Cardinals play. The clothes were flattering and fit right so I've been buying from them. Well I ordered a ton of stuff last week and they have changed their sizing or something. Nothing fit! I was so excited for the above dress to come into the mail. I thought it would be a great Summer dress for vacation. It wasn't. It flatters people with bigger chests and smaller hips. I looked like a pear dressed up in flowers! The shirts were not long enough.
So I'm out of options other than scrounging through the usual store racks. Now I kind of wish I ate more potatoes :( Those sacks could come in handy about now.