Friday, October 14, 2011

Doing Dangerous Things

Living in the USA can be very dangerous. Dangerous on my purse, that is. I have only been to retail stores again and again, only to walk away disgusted at how everytime, I can't fit into anything. I am a size 0 here and usually stores do not stock these sizes. I started going to thrift stores and buying clothes on the cheap and sewing them up to make them fit me but sometimes pulling a whole shirt or a coat apart is best left to the professionals. Sometimes I would botch up my alterations but the plus point is that I did not pay a lot for them to begin with.

I started following some blogs written by women who were considered "petite" here in the USA. In Asia, they would be normal sizes, but I read Extra Petite and Really Petite.  Through them, I discovered H&M here in the USA. Their prices are unbelievably affordable. I am a size 4 in their store! Eeeks! Forever 21 is also quite reasonably priced. Double eeeks!

Then I discovered online shopping - there are more options online than there are in the retail shops. I discovered a "Junior's" store - I am a bit embarrassed that they are for teenagers but the fit is great. Check out Alloy.  Triple eeks. Oh well, you get the idea about the eeks.  My husband has not lost his cool yet which is good.

Shopping can be incredibly cheap in the USA. For example, on Monday, I was at Forever 21 and at the back of the shop, there were these tribal sweaters reduced to 50%. The label was "I Love H81" and it must be a label from Forever 21.  It was made of cotton but it was quite thick, and would keep me warm for the Fall weather.

Not bad. I tried them on, they were a little loose but I figured I was going to wear layers underneath, so I needed it to be that. I took it to the counter and holy moley, they took off 50% off $18.99, bringing the total to about $9.00. It's almost like stealing!

Here is a picture of me wearing it.  Sorry about my stance. I need to work on how to pose, obviously. You can see how they are a little loose on the sides but I put it on outside without looking at the mirror. It is a tie around so I can tuck it in a bit more securely to get it at a better fit.

Boots: Ferragamo $40 (garage sale)
Jeans SG$20 (some HDB shop in Woodlands, Singapore)
White top: MNG RM50 (Mall in Malaysia it roughly translates to about $20)
Sweater: Forever 21 $9.00!!!  (I can't find the link to it but you might find it in the shops)

Later I will post about the other "dangerous" stuff I have been doing. purchasing.

1 comment:

  1. ha...I'm petite too, but not that petite cuz at least I can fit into size 1 or sometimes 2. Sometimes I do check out kids' department, I think you can try asian brands too i never have problems with them. LIke BYSI, G200, Mphosis, or any korean brands. I fit into S without a glitch.