Pamela Lutrell shopping at the Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio

Happy Fall, Y’all (yes, I really say y’all, several times a day in fact!). For the next two days, I am going to take you shopping with me and my friend, Iris.  As petite and borderline plus-size ladies, we discovered the in-store experience post pandemic to be a bit …hmmmm, challenging.

First off, I am wearing one of my “uniforms” for shopping.  I love a traditional blazer over denim.  These pieces are an Eileen Fisher V Neck tank and blazer; Soft Surroundings Jeans, Via Spiga leather slip on sneakers from Nordstrom Rack, and a leopard cross body from Chico’s.

SIZE ISSUES:  Because sizes are not standard and I am currently on the borderline, it helps if I can try on clothing.  In some places, I am a true Misses 16, in others an XL, in others a Woman’s Size 1X, in others a size 18.  It just depends. Of course, I like to stay out of the 1X area because pricing goes up. 

Iris shopping at The Shops at La Cantera

Iris wore to the mall a typical San Antonio look with vibrant color, linen skirt, and fun sandals.

SIZE ISSUES:  She is a petite and really needs clothes made for petites to get a proper fit. 


We quickly discovered that there was very little in many stores for either petite or larger ladies like me.  I was told in order to find sizes 16 and 18, I would need to shop online. (that doesn’t really help!).  The pandemic has drastically changed the shopping experience for several retailers.

Iris at White House Black market

However, Iris had luck at the sales racks and loved this faux suede skirt and ombre top so much, that she wore it out of the store.  The skirt did look as if it were made to go with her sandals!

I went ahead and tried on a couple of tops in Large. They were oversized, so I thought perhaps they would work since they did not have XL options.  The leopard is not the style I am looking for at this time, similar garments to the black already hang in my closet. 

White House Black Market did have great accessories and good pricing on sale pieces.  I wish there had been more in store for me to try. I really wanted to try on their faux suede leggings….no larger sizes in store.  


Pamela Lutrell in Johnny Was kimono

You saw our next stop in last week’s post about Johnny Was.  Again, there was very little we could try on…the boutique was filled with smaller sizes and no petites.  At this point, Iris. looked at me and said, “I need to go somewhere I know we will both find clothing to try on.”  So I followed her….

Tomorrow I will show you where we landed and where we both made purchases.  I am hoping this post might encourage retailers to return more size varieties to their stores. 

I understand the issues the pandemic brought to their doorsteps, however, there are many of us that need inventory in order to see proper fit. Please open the dressing rooms and bring back the sizes you carry online!

Well, this first day of fall blows away any “shopping frustrations” I might have.  Love that we still have a little cool breeze going in San Antonio and, yesterday, the Tropical Storm Beta brought a touch of rain our way.  

I made a bucket list for the season.  In case. you wonder about #8, I started a little series of Children’s Books a couple of years ago, and I am thinking I might pull it out and keep working on them. 

Pamela Lutrell's Autumn Bucket List

What would your own list look like?  I will report to you in November just how I am doing!  With number 6 in mind, I had my toes painted burnt orange yesterday…love it…though no one really sees them but me and Mr. B!

Hope to see you tomorrow for more shopping with me and Iris!  Until then, here is a slideshow for you to enjoy!



Taking Juice Plus+ for seven years on Over 50 Feeling 40

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