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Henley Regalia

A  fine weekend, a busy day today.

I bought an XL child's henley at Target yesterday, in a colour I do not normally wear.  As a result, I almost wore green to work today, but couldn't quite make myself do it.  This will not, however, stop me from going to Target this afternoon and getting two or three more children's henleys in various colours, because they don't have any in adult sizes right now, and Target's size L child is my size (I got an XL yesterday, but it's loose, so I want to get a more fitted one).  They don't have black (they rarely do in kid's sizes), but their green is nice, and who knows, I might decide to wear it out and about.  That, and Victoria's Secret's henleys are almost three times the price (yay, children's clothes pricing!).

I've worn almost nothing but black and black-patterned clothes for over 10 years now.  I have a pale green Laura Ashley dress, and a white dress, but it's usually all black, all the time.  I do like my camouflage skirt, though, and it may be a gateway for a little more colour with the black in my wardrobe.

I feel weird wearing anything else, and then I have to worry about coordinating.  Fortunately, black goes with everything, even my new green super-soft henley.

I love henleys; the button front means it can be low-cut or high-cut, I can layer it with a tank top or camisole, and it's just... I don't know, more tailored than just a t-shirt.  And the kid's ones at Target have a lovely satin-bound label that doesn't scratch, nice detailing, are long in the body (the way I currently like - I prefer long ruched up rather than cropped, which I wore for years and got tired of), and very soft.

BTW, I'm not anything special or tiny for wearing children's clothing, I'm just short.  Target's sizing means that their child's XL is more like an adult woman's medium, and the L is a small.  In stretchy tops, this is ideal for me, since they're cut a little shorter through the body.  I have long-looking legs at the expense of a short stubby torso - most clothes don't fit through the body.  I love kid's options.

I don't have small boobs, either - kid's clothes are just getting larger, like all other sizes.  I have vintage dresses that put me at a size 16 - one size larger in 1950s sizes than Marilyn Monroe - and in modern vanity sizing I'm an 8 - a 10 if I want things to fit softly, and a 12 if I want the skirt to hang low on my hips (I have wide hips), but I can cram into a size 6, no problem (I just look a little too stuffed sausage-shaped for my taste).  I wear size small tops, especially knit tops, because everything else is too baggy.  I'm a 36B-C.  Clothes are getting bigger while sizes get smaller.

Mind you, the tiny will always be with us - I keep making the mistake of picking up XS size clothes and wondering why they're so tight under the arms.  I always see great piles of XS clothing in the clearance racks, and I wonder whether the buyers ever consider that the average person shopping at Target is normal to fluffy size, and the teenagers are all at Abercrombie and Fitch (either buying or shoplifting).  Target is for us adults who have learned to appreciate reasonably priced clothing, not teenagers for whom the label is everything.

Anyway, I'm buying a couple more henleys today after work.  Then I'm going to go pick up my reserved copy of 28 Weeks Later.


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Oct. 9th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
1) I prefer waffle-knit Henleys - though I have at least one plain cotton Henley, too. On a girl, they're cute and cuddly. May have to buy Giuliana a couple.

2) One size larger than Marilyn? I'd always thought of her as bigger than that. Bigger than you, to be sure... maybe you just give off thin vibes.
Oct. 9th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
I have smaller boobs, and I'm shorter. MM actually weighed about 15# less than me. :)
Oct. 9th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
How is the quality on the Target clothing? I have never shopped their products. How do they hold up?
Oct. 9th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm very happy with the cotton-based things I've bought - tank tops, camisoles, shirts. They're very comfortable (in many cases, they've switched to no-label labels), and inexpensive. Their "work" clothes tend to be made of cheaper synthetics, and aren't as well made. Stick to casual clothes, and you'll like them. The henleys I'll be buying today are $10 each, and that's pretty good even for a singles season, but they'll last longer.
Oct. 9th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
OOOh... that is a good value. Thanks!
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
MUST go to Target today!! I have a short torso and long legs and thus a lot of fad stuff never works on me. These shirts sound great and I'm a Target fan anyway - half my clothes come from there and I can tell you that I have some t-shirts that have lasted 5 years already with no issues. (and they are tagless, woohoo!)

All black? I've never seen you outside of an SCA setting and you're always very colorful (and fantastically dressed, wow), so imagining you in all black is hard. LOL And one day I am going to dye my hair that color because I just love love love it.
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
YOUR hair color that is, not black. Gotta be red.
Oct. 10th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
Heh. I'm a different person outside the SCA - evil.

(oh, wait...) :)
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh and did you get the Henleys in the girl's section or the boy's section?
Oct. 10th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Girls. They're on sale this weekend, so hurry. I couldn't get any in large, so I picked up a green one and a brown one in Xl, because they're super comfortable. I also got two very nice camisoles - in the XL, they fit my boobs perfectly.
Oct. 9th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
For years, my colors were black and denim blue. For a while, Paul and I would wash clothes in four rounds: whites, blacks, blues, and purples. Seems strange, looking back, being the King and Queen of colourful tie-dye and dip died clothing.

Alas, I don't think the kid's section is ever going to fit me. I'm built like a quarterback! Big shoulders, big chest, long waisted, long femured (the shorter bits are in the knee to ankle and the neck measurements... and areas ladies don't discuss on message boards).
Oct. 10th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I don't mean to feed your black habit, but I went to the Target by me (NC) and found black henleys (same price) in the boy's section. The girl's henleys were thinner and didn't really flatter me, but the boy's henleys were great!! I also found henley's in the regular ladies section for about two dollars more so I bought one boy's and one ladies.
Oct. 10th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
I found some black henleys in the adult section, too, so I bought two. They weren't as soft as the girls', though. *pout*
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