Years ago I bought a skirt.
About 7 or 8 (or 9) years ago.
It wasn't a specially special kind of skirt to anyone but me - but to me, this was (and probably still is) my perfect skirt.
I saw it (randomly; clearly we weren't out clothes shopping) in a supermarket in Truro, when down in Cornwall, visiting one of my sisters).
It's a sort of flannel-y grey.
It's just above knee length.
It has good fastenings.
And it has a lovely drapey ruche-y front.
I totally adored it on sight. This is my love-at-first-sight sort of a skirt - I love grey, I love draping,
I just loved it.
I'd also just about started to put on some weight round about then.
I bought it in a size 16 without trying it on, convinced it would be perfect. (It wasn't expensive - but I WAS excited about finding my perfect skirt there).
Disappointingly, back at my sister's house when I tried it on, it was the teensiest bit tight ... just an inch or so that made me not comfortable in it. But of course I kept it. It was just an inch.
And in my wardrobe it stayed.
Over the last ten years I put on three stone (that's 3 x 14 pounds maths people - I can't do it in my head).
And the skirt stayed. Every time I tried it it was tighter.
But I still loved it.
Finally, this year, in April, I decided to start losing the weight - and now I've lost all but 7 pounds of it ...
What I didn't do earlier was check in with my favourite ever - yet unworn - skirt.
When I put it on today, thinking, 'oh well, if it's a little loose I'll still wear it' ... well ... it comes on and off without need of the fastenings.
So, goodbye perfect, favourite, unworn skirt - and I hope you fare better in your next home. (And I'll be continuing the search for one just like you - only a little smaller).
AND ... MORAL OF THE STORY!
Do not SAVE your favourite / perfect / ideal clothes for 'one day'.
I do kinda wish I'd tried this on earlier and worn it a few times.
(BUT .. I'd still rather have lost the weight! )