Saturday, April 16, 2016

Baggy Trousers - And why they don't work for me

So I'm post surgery and doing OK. Unfortunately I still have some sciatic pain which is disappointing but my doc says it's perfectly normal until everything settles down. Nowhere near what it was, thank goodness. 

Of a far more pressing nature though, is what to wear? Before my surgery I could hardly move and certainly couldn't lean forward to heave tight jeans on. Or really any trousers that didn't have a huge elastic waistband. I lived in the same pair of black wide stretchy trousers for longer than I care to admit. I have never been one for loose fitting, baggy clothing no matter how much I like it on other people. Somehow, it always just looks huge and wrong on me. What looks like this on some, 



looks like this on me

No offence/offense Lena, but not a good look. 

Now, although I have the flexibility to pull my leg up and put a sock on, I am not allowed to bend for another month and - I have an incision on my back right where most of my waistbands go. I did think about going out and buying some of those jeans that barely come over your nether regions, but heavens, the world doesn't deserve that! So guess what? I'm still having to wear stretch-waist trousers while my incision is tender. 

I have been looking online to see what's in fashion; the good news is that there are rather a lot of harem-looking trousers coming up this summer. They are certain to have stretch waists aren't they? The bad news is that a) I wouldn't know what to wear with them, and b) would end up looking ridiculous. 

I would love to be able to pull something like this off, but even when I was 20 I couldn't. 


So instead I'm going to leave you with something you might not thank me for, but I don't care - it's stuck in my head so it can be stuck in yours. 

You're welcome!


18 comments:

  1. How about those loose, elastic waisted skirts? Or a simple, casual dress?

    Glad to hear you are on the mend!

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    1. I second your suggestion of a casual dress, Gigi. There are a lot of attractive midi or maxi length knit dresses which are comfortable. I have quite a few because I find them cool to wear in the summer. Don't have to make a mix-and-match decision either. Throw a sweater over one and they're suitable to run errands.

      Make your life as easy as possible, Toni... From personal experience, I recommend a Roomba. It doesn't solve all problems, but it's quite a bit help.

      Hang in there. It will only get better from here. :-)

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    2. What is a roomba...? Thanks heavens for Google.

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    3. Oh... ignorant me... I thought a roomba was some kind of loose-fitting trouser outfit!

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    4. Iota - Laughing my head off!

      Dresses - I'm not a dress person usually but it might be an option later. At the moment it's too cold in Chicago to wear a dress without the other accouterments like tights - which would also rub the incision.

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  2. Loose-fitting dungarees seem very "in" at the moment. Mostly, I am just glad you are thinking about what to wear, as it proves you must be healing. If you were intotal agony still, you probably wouldn't care.

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    1. I wonder if dungarees are for 20 years olds, though.

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  3. Glad the pain is less, at least, and hoping it disappears completely. What about loose flowing tent dresses in bright colors! The kind you just shrug into?

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    1. That's another look that I just can't get away with. I was in St. Croix two years ago with the fam, and had met a friend who was wearing beautiful printed baggy dresses (because she'd had back surgery as it happens.) She's about my height and size so I stopped by the dress store with husband and then 10 year old. Tried a few on and the best they could say was "Well, that one doesn't make you look quite as fat". LOL For some reason, big clothes make me look bigger and yet I'm a US 8.

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  4. I'm thinking long jersey dresses (wear them with a sweater over the top if need be) and - go with me - hold up stockings. No-one will know. If you wear them with knee length boots you could even wear socks instead... (Come on! It's a chance to buy new clothes! Why not???_

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    1. I had THE most dreadful incident with hold up stockings once, that occurred in public outside Charing Cross Station and involved me diving into Embankment Gardens to remove them. I may even have blogged about it.

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  5. And survey says ... Loose dresses! Don't worry so much about looking skinny. You need Comfort right now. Be kind to yourself.

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  6. Glad you're doing so well. It's marvellous progress so soon. Don't worry about baggy clothes etc. You won't have to wait long till you can wear what you want!
    Long skirts or dresses might be worth a go in the meantime!.
    Maggie x

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  7. Getting older is just a series of unpleasant trade-offs, isn't it? You're finally not in constant agony, but now you have no choice but to wear things you hate. This is my daily reality now as I'm constantly on the lookout for shoes that look stylish but don't hurt if I walk in them for miles(which I always seem to be doing now that I am living in England and not driving). Seems I can have one but not the other. The good news is, in your case, you only have a month or so to go before you can get back to looking the way you'd like to again. In my case, it looks like I am doomed to life in a pair sturdy, hideous Eccos.

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  8. Can you bear leggings? Not really tight ones but those soft jersey sport ones - or yoga pants? You could go for the Lululemon yoga mom look...

    Hope the pain is reducing by the day....

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  9. Long dress and pop socks? You don't sound keen...
    Definitely seeing lots of harem pants so worth giving a try.
    Hope you are getting better day by day xx

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