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It’s Not You, It’s Your Pants

I was shopping with a girlfriend a few weeks ago, and just to give you a little background: this is one of the coolest girls in the world. Beautiful, smart, hilarious, and always makes everyone feel like the most important/interesting person in the room. So you can imagine my heartbreak when I heard those discouraged words come out of the dressing room: “I’m too fat for these clothes.”

"Does this mirror make me look fat?"

“Does this mirror make me look fat?”

“No you’re not,” I replied. “The clothes are too small.” I wish I could have thought of something more clever, or reassuring, or somehow made her feel better. Even more, I wish I hadn’t said the same thing about myself hundreds of thousands of times in dressing rooms before that one.

dressing room hell

I’m betting you’ve said it too at some point in your life, or some variation on it. I guarantee every woman has said some variation on this. I’m too short, I’m too tall, too fat, too thin, my butt is too big, my boobs are too small, yadda yadda yadda. In some way, YOU do not measure up to the standards set by this $30 dress and it is all your fault.

"The Snobbish is a bit large, do you have anything in Confident?"

“The Snobbish is a bit large, do you have anything in Confident?”

It’s pretty rare to hear a comment like this out of a man. If they try on a shirt that doesn’t fit, they say “This shirt doesn’t fit” and they put it back and try on another one. No therapy needed.

"...and when I was too fat for the Large t-shirt, I just knew no one would ever love me."

“…and when I was too fat for the Large, I realized no one would ever love me.”

If you’ve read any of my other rants, you know that I’m no Skinny Minnie. I’ve walked the line between the women’s dept and plus size my whole life. Even when I was a junior, I wasn’t built like one – I think I had round hips before I even had hair. I suffered through the boxy-sweater era and the boyfriend-jeans trend, none of which suited my physique. Did I buck the trends and wear what looked good on me? Of course not, I blamed my body. I can’t count the number of times that I burst into tears in a dressing room because “I didn’t fit” into the clothes.

My first mistake was covering my own eyes instead of the audience's.

My first mistake was covering my own eyes instead of the audience’s.

No. This is wrong. Self-effacement has gone too far. My body is fine just the way it is. There are plenty of clothes that look great on me. There are also plenty that don’t, and that’s fine. Lots of people aren’t shaped like me and they need clothes too. Plus, I would need several secret high-limit credit cards if I looked great in everything I tried on. But I can’t say I’m not discouraged when a really cute dress looks terrible on me, or worse: won’t even zip all the way up.

Try as she might, Bertha could not find a top that fit.

Try as she might, Bertha could not find a top that fit.

Think of how awful you’d feel if your best friend saw you in the dressing room and said “Ugh, you are WAY too fat for that dress.” Or if she said “Your boobs are too small” or “your ass is huge, you’ll never be able to zip that thing.” Yet we say these things to our own reflection over and over and over. Why??? If your best friend was trying on a dress that didn’t fit, you’d say “Let me go get the right size for you” or “That dress sucks, you’re too good for it.” You’d never blame her for the poor fit of cheap clothing, but you blame yourself all day long. It has to stop.

"Hey, pants! J'ACCUSE!"

“Hey, pants! J’ACCUSE!”

The day after that shopping trip, I spotted a cute dress online that I wanted, but I read the measurements I realized it would not fit me. I immediately responded “Oh bummer, my waist is too fat :-(” Less than 24 hours after being sad to hear my friend berating her body, my reflex was still to say the exact same thing about myself.

“I mean,” I corrected. “The dress is too small. My waist is just as it should be.”

Stay pretty, my friends –

Jean

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Planet Pinup Joins the Blogosphere!

Welcome friends, to the first blog post from Planet Pinup! My name is Jean, and I’m the

The lovely Miss Bettie Page embodies the confident, fun pinup smile

creator, owner, designer, and entire workforce for a little shop that adores and encourages the feminine spirit of fun. To me, “pinup” is so much more than a sexy vintage picture. It’s about taking pride in our appearance, about feeling good, enjoying life, that little wink and confident smile that says “I know how to have fun, and look cute doing it!”

After decades of trying to cram my 1950’s curvy figure into modern thin-centric fashions, I discovered that companies like Heartbreaker Fashion, Stop Staring, Bettie Page Clothing, and Pin Up Girl Clothing have been making gorgeous 1950’s fashions accessible to modern curvy ladies for years – where have I been all my life? Being too big to fit into actual vintage clothing, I never considered dressing that way as an option. Clothing that accentuates and celebrates my curves instead of attempting to flatten and conceal them? Yes please!! At the tender age of 39, I finally found a personal style that works for me.

We can rebuild her, make her better than she was. Better…stronger…faster.

A few months into my new life as a modern suburban pinup, my lifelong-fashionista friend Live Wire Lizzy gave me a beautiful handmade hair clip made out of a peacock feather, and I had an idea: what if I could make those ill-fitting, stained, ripped – but still groovy – vintage frocks into brand new hair flowers and headbands? Modern, eco-minded fancy ladies like myself might love to have a unique item like that to retro-out their modern wardrobe! So, I sat down with needle & thread and opened up a little Etsy shop called Planet Pinup.

In this blog, I’ll occasionally share some of my new products with you, and sales, and events, and business-y stuff like that. But my main plan is to share all kinds of things for your modern pinup lifestyle! Fashion, hair, and makeup ideas, quotes & photos from my favorite pinups, links to other modern pinup artists, and of course, instructions, pics, and videos to help you make your own vintage-upcycled accessories!

I hope you’ll join me and subscribe, and I always welcome your comments and suggestions! Oh, and since you’re on the internet anyway, might as well visit my shop…enter the code at checkout AWESOMEBLOG for a 10% discount!

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XOXO,

Jean

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