Friday, April 4, 2014

My daughters and I love Nordstrom Rack. But when we shop there, I don't listen to their advice anymore. They want me to look contemporary, but have failed to take my middle-aged body into account. 

In the dressing room they laughed at my ugly, euphemistically named "Classic" style panties. "Oh, Mom! You need hipsters."  Well, I used to wear hipsters, back when they didn't subdivide my belly into two distinct rolls instead of just one. 

My torso is shaped like an apple, with the equator where a waist ought to be. When I shopped with the girls, I used to buy too many pair of cute pants that hit below the bulge, with nothing to hang onto. So they slid, and left too much backside uncovered. They were both uncomfortable and unbecoming. 

To fix that problem, one of them talked me into trying Spanx. They're manufactured out of industrial strength elastic that could restrain a large circus animal. It was a two-woman operation just to get them pulled up. And heaven help me if I needed to peel them down by myself. 

Then one day, I let them wander and I stumbled across a rack of pants whose label called out to me. "Not Your Daughter's Jeans."

  They fit my middle aged body without looking stodgy. They advertise "Lift Tuck Technology", a panel across the front that pulls in my tummy. They're stylish and made of good quality fabric in great colors. I like the way I look and feel when I wear them. My daughters approve.   

And each pair makes me laugh. The label says:

How many times do you come out of a dressing room laughing?

Thank you, NYDJ. 


Kim Lawrence-Breuer said...

I can totally relate and was laughing in recognition when I read this! I'll have to try that brand and hope for the best. (:

Patti Shene said...

Wow, I need to check out this website and see if I can get a couple of pair of these jeans! Thanks for sharing!

Donna B said...

Wow! I've never heard of these! I'm definitely gonna check them out!!!
This was a great post. I smiled all the way!

H L Wegley said...

My wife's discovery of NYDJ put a big dent in our checking account! Maybe I shouldn't say this, but my wife and I have a theory -- it doesn't apply to the designers of NYDJ. The theory is this, most designers of women's clothes these days hate women and want to make them look as tacky as possible. If you agree, let me know. If not, you can shoot me. I always knew someday somebody would. :)

Caroline said...

Lol, great post, and totally sympathize! Harry, aim! Fire! Just kidding.

Love everyone's posts. :)
I tweeted.

Claude Nougat said...

Great post, I love everyone's posts too and always tweet - great to be here!

Patti Shene said...


Pam Glover said...

Harry - tell your wife to find a Nordstrom Rack store. That's the only way I can afford these pants.

I think designers plan for thin young bodies and the rest of us just look ridiculous in that stuff.

I won't shoot you.