Shift your eyes away from those wonderful shoes for a wee minute, because it's the leggings I'm talking about today. I bought a pile of new clothes recently, mostly from the new plus-size range at Wallis. I've spent almost all year in my jammies, so splurging on clothes seems a bit of a waste when I can't or don't wear them. However I've started at physio again (think it's around 10 years since I've been) and the first thing out of my mouth when the doctor mentioned the referral was "what am I going to wear?" Yes jammies are not suitable outdoor attire! He passed that anecdote onto the physio who said as soon as I came in "oh you found something to wear then"! I know I make life difficult, but I like to stay true to myself and I didn't want to suddenly start wearing tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt because that's what I "should" wear to the gym. It's really not me, I'd be self conscious, uncomfortable and I didn't see the point in splashing out on something I'd dread wearing. So I made do, wearing little jersey dresses and leggings that I already had. Primark Barbie the first week, Miss Selfridge Barbie the second! I also wore the only flats I own, a pair of Melissa & Barbie Ultragirl in white with a black shoe print, which I ditched after a couple of weeks because she asked me to take off my shoes anyway, so I figured I might as well wear heels! Of course I'm highly uncomfortable in my old clothes right now anyway. I suppose I've put on weight from the lack of activity and everything feels restrictive (hate bras) and at physio you just want to be comfortable, not constantly pulling your dress down or stopping your leggings from rolling down. So, I've been keeping an eye out for something else to wear, hence the haul at Wallis.
The absolute star item of everything I got, has to be these leggings. They are honestly "perfect". They call them 'trousers' on the site and though I don't think they are see-through when stretched, I'd still class them as 'leggings' personally, though good quality ones. The waist actually goes up to my waist, shock horror! My most hated thing is hipster leggings, that feel like they are constantly falling or rolling down, it's so uncomfortable yet these easily go over my bum and big tummy. The waistband is wide, flat elastic, which doesn't roll (another plus) and I feel secure and pulled in. The legs are super skinny, yet easy enough to get on and the overall length is pretty good on me. I just can't rave about these enough and had they not been sold out in my size, I'd have bought a back-up pair (seriously dudes, they are down to £15). The black pattern is kinda flocked on a silvery base (like "flocked wallpaper" according to the physio), but I want these in plain colours and as many other prints as possible, they are that good. Size wise, I'm usually an 18-20, more recently closer to the 20, but usually size down to a 16 in leggings. I bought an 18 in these and they are great, they fit true to size. I wore them with a sheer back, drop hem top from the range and they were awesome together (I've linked to it at House of Fraser because it is out of stock at Wallis and you can also find the leggings there). As much as I love them, I kinda wanted to cry once I'd tried on all my new clothes...I just didn't feel like the old me and though I'm trying to be 'good' and wear something comfortable and functional, at the same time I don't want to change myself for this illness you know? Being comfortable, shouldn't mean pushing yourself out of your comfort zone should it? That just doesn't seem logical. Then I went to physio and she pointed at my top and said "oh you're very plain this week, that's not very 'you' is it, no Barbie or Sindy?" Argh, I just though ffs, I'm bloody trying here! Anyway the Bambi shoes went down a treat and she asked me to bring along my ballerina pair too for the whole department to see. I lifted a 1lb weight too, 3 reps on each arm...She-Ra by Christmas I tell you ; ) What do you think, do I battle to stay myself or 'let it go' and become something I'm not?
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