So last night, we went to my company's Christmas party. If you're curious, here's what I looked like in the skirt I wrote about in this entry:
It's hard to see all the fun ruffly stuff around the hem, alas.
I thought my outfit looked cute, but I had forgotten that some women show up at this thing in friggin' ballgowns. No lie. Not all women, and not even most, but just enough to make me feel seriously underdressed.
Oh well. My husband liked it. And he's the one I care the most about impressing.
I guess I could have worn a new discovery of mine, The Sweater of Skinny. Though as I'd just worn it to work on Friday, that would have been a little tacky.
Ah, the Sweater. When I ordered the jeans mentioned in the above-linked entry, Levi's got me with one of their Internet sucker ploys: They popped up one of those sneaky "Why not order this sweater to go with those jeans?" windows and I said "Oooh! Okay! Yes sir, Mr. Internet!" I ordered an XL; like the jeans that came with it, the sweater looked forbiddingly small when I unpacked it.
However, it turns out that the sweater just happens to fit me extremely well instead of being long and loose and baggy like every other top I've worn for about the past five years.
And it's amazing what a difference wearing a top that really fits makes in terms of people actually noticing my weight loss. That probably should have been a "No duh," but wearing stuff that's loose and oversized and meant to conceal my body has been an incredibly hard habit for me to break. It might get easier, though: Three different people at work stopped me to tell me how good I looked and ask me what I was doing.
And I said "Hell! I'm gonna order me one of those sweaters in every color!" I hustled back to my desk and paid another visit to the Levi's online store.
Unfortunately, the secret is apparently out. The Sweater of Skinny was only available in an S or an L. And only in a bright pink color that is seriously not me.
I'm still horribly tempted to order one in an L as a future transitional item. Screaming bright pink seems like a fair tradeoff for skinny.