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When I left the retail world, I gained weight slowly but steadily. To go from practically walking and climbing ladders for 50-70 hours a week to sitting on my butt for 40, it really changed my metabolism and clothing size. Over time I gathered quite a collection of pieces from my smaller me, hoping they would fit again. Pieces I felt were classics, well-made, worthy of real estate in my small home. This skirt was one of them. I got this in 2000 or so on the Gap clearance rack at Columbia Mall in Maryland and I remember paying $50 for it because there was a stain on it (which came out with a little Coach leather conditioner I already had on hand).
I forgot about this skirt until I saw Vahni from Grit & Glamour wear the same skirt on her blog this past spring. So I went up to my attic and found it. I couldn't believe that the tag said it was a size 8 – was I really ever that small? I tried it on… and couldn't get it up over my hips. I decided to hang it in my closet for inspiration. This weekend I grabbed it, thinking it was my Ann Taylor leather skirt. I pulled it on, and once it was up to my waist I realized it was the Gap skirt. And once it was up to my waist I realized IT WAS UP TO MY WAIST! I needed my husband to finish zipping it for me, but IT FIT! However, it was still too tight to wear in public.
So this week I have put it on after work to stretch it out a bit. I did the Denim Squat Dance a few times, and some times just hung out wearing it while sitting on the couch. Tried it this morning and it zipped up no problem. Hooray! So while it is technically a size 8, it's more like a 10 after my wiggles and dances.