Not Martha


Recovering from my very bad cold has apparently made me chatty. Warning, I talk about bras below.

One of the good things about having Tivo is that I can use it to edjumacate myself on things I know very little about – like cooking and buying clothes. On the former I can recommend the very obvious option of Alton Brown’s Good Eats, they tell you the food science why behind what you’re doing, something I need otherwise I manage to do it wrong. As for clothes I’ve been watching BBC’s What Not To Wear*. It’s good to see other people wander cluelessly through stores, and then try on things that are absolutely wrong. I grew up fashion impaired due to eight early years of the same Catholic school uniform, the persistence of Land’s End catalogs, and the Eighties. Also, I’m short and, er, curvy, so finding something that fits, let alone flatters, is not something I often have the energy for. And when I find something comfortable I buy multiples. Lately I’ve been loving these:

American Apparel long sleeve scoop neck – the neck isn’t quite as revealing as the model shows it. Nice thin, soft jersey, good for layering with itself, wish they had more colors.

J Crew long sleeve v-neck tee – light weight cotton, flattering neck line, most of the colors I want are on backorder.

American Apparel jersey scarf – I continue to love this very basic item and I have three, I’m planning on getting more. It’s good for the spring chill, and wrapping around your midsection at a restaurant when your shirt is riding up in back and showing your very pale lower back parts.

Gap lightly lined t-shirt bra – It’s two for $48.00 in the stores. Might be gone forever.

I recently went on a bra shopping extravaganza. I managed to get down to my last bra (I don’t know how) and went searching for a new brand. I spent hours in dressing rooms — tv at the Macy’s blaring children’s programs, Gap employees proving the cheerfulness is probably an act (but it’s better than the sullen “you can only have six items” I was expecting), Victoria’s Secret employees, um, completely ignoring me. I bought a bra at Macy’s and when I wore it, just at home, I felt the need to adjust it so often that Scott started asking what I was up to. I bought a couple bras from the Gap that didn’t have cup shapes which were suspiciously pointy, both were t-shirt versions. One made me fidgety, the other was just perfect. Ah. I returned the first and dove in to buy more of the comfortable one and wouldn’t you know it, they were out of the colors and size I wanted. None in that store, none in any other store, and none from the online store. How does online run out of things? Isn’t it an infinitely replicating supply? The girl at the shop assured me that they would restock, as they are one of the most popular styles. But I know better. Every time I find a bra that is perfect it is immediately discontinued and disappears from the face of the earth, forever. I am not the only one this happens to, right?

* Ages ago I was sick at home on a weekday and watched what I think was an American version of What Not To Wear. The show managed to take two sweet young Army wives, give them new hair and clothes and make them look about three decades older. At the reveal their husbands and friends grimaced into the camera and proclaimed “She sure does look, different.”

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