March 28, 2005

A Difference in Definitions

The word would be Conservative.

I don’t dress matronly, just casually and I would say very conservatively. I wear a lot of solid colors and other than the fact I like my shorts kinda short (I hate those long shorts), I keep my body pretty covered… nothing too tight or low cut. I just don’t have the bod for it.

My sister, she is very curvy. All of a size 2… maybe a 4, she is all curves. Currrr-vy. Curvy. Stacked comes to mind. Curvy. Where I got the more athletic boy bod, she got the womanly curvy bod. Did I say curvy? Yup. Curvy. Oh and bubbly and funny, and smart and… curvy.

So we’re shopping today and we stop in Ann Taylor Loft as they’re having a sale. I grab 4 pairs of shorts because I’m all about shorts and no shoes. She picks up some clothes for her new job.

We get in the dressing room and she comes out in this cute little flimsy top. It wasn’t tight… just rather… fitted. It showed her ‘curves’ well. It was sleevless and since I am not good with fashion, whereas she always looks like she JUST stepped out of a fashion magazine, I would say the blouse had a seam that went right under the bust, so the rest of the flimsy blouse just kind of hung there. I think they may call it Baby Doll. I don’t know. Anyway, the colors were good on her, it looked cute on her, but when she walked out, the first thing I noticed was her bust. Did I say she was curvy?

She says, “I think I like this. It’s kind of conservative.”

I stared. Then I said, “Where? You mean that it is conservative in the fact it… covers… all the parts?”

She laughed. “Yeah, it’s conservative. I could wear this to work.”

I stared again. Finally I said, “Well, maybe in your industry that's conservative, but in the aerospace industry that is not.” I wanted to say, “Hey! Maybe if you work in a bar that’s conservative!”

Whatever. She decided she didn’t like it that much because it ‘made her look fat’. I told her I wouldn’t buy it strictly because if you wear it to work people won’t ever look at your face. Not that the men probably look at her face anyway, but still. Geez.

She told me later when I was ragging on her about it that she would wear it with a jacket. I thought about it and decided “Yeah, OK, I can see that… maybe” and then she added, “and I’d take my jacket off at my desk.”

I think she was looking for the shock effect. Which she got.

Posted by Boudicca at March 28, 2005 11:43 PM

sounds exactly like my little sister, except for the "smart" part . . . ;)

Posted by: oddybobo at March 29, 2005 08:31 AM

My wife likes to wear clothes like that. I like her to wear clothes like that. :)

Posted by: Contagion at March 29, 2005 08:32 AM

Bou - I'm trying to be gentlemanly, but if you mention her curves one more time, I'm afraid I'll have to request pictures :-)

Posted by: Harvey at March 29, 2005 09:51 AM

How much you got Harvey??? $$$ ;-)

Posted by: Sissy at March 29, 2005 01:02 PM

Alex and I are constantly disputing my size in tops.

His argument is that if it fits me up top, it's too loose on my tummy, so he buys them two sizes too small to compensate.

I know the sort of top you mean, Bou, but I don't know what they're called. "Baby Doll" may be the correct description, but they look like maternity wear to me!

Posted by: Sally at March 29, 2005 02:25 PM

Part of my personal anti-shyness campiagn was to cut my hair, so I couldn't hide behind it, and start wearing clothes that didn't cover me from neck to ankle. So now, I tend towards the clothes you describe your sister wearing. Anyway, when I first met this woman (who is now one of my best friends) and she discovered I was a conservative Republican, she told me that she was surprised because I didn't dress that way! I'd never realized we had a uniform :)

Posted by: Ith at March 30, 2005 01:35 PM

Sally, I see can the logic there.
From a male point of view, there's no such thing as "too tight" when it comes to a female top ;)

Posted by: S at March 31, 2005 12:20 AM