Cover Story: Apparel in Peril

"The summer sale at Sears is here! Clothing on sale to up to 40 percent. Save on men's and women's clothes, and buy summer outfits for the kids. But you better hurry! Sale ends soon."Twice that co

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"The summer sale at Sears is here! Clothing on sale to up to 40 percent. Save on men's and women's clothes, and buy summer outfits for the kids. But you better hurry! Sale ends soon."

Twice that commercial has come on today.

My mom talks about my family going, and I know what that means. She'll pick out these frilly flower dresses for me that will supposedly bring out my feminine side.

The only thing that makes me feel comfortable and relaxed are my baggy shorts and my oversized shirts, either that or my basketball gear.

It's not my fault. The women's department is just not what it used to be.

Pants are styled so tightly that you constantly have to pull your underwear out of your butt before you can get out of a chair. Shirts are split right down the middle, almost to the belly button, showing things that aren't really there.

I used to love shopping in the girl's department. They made the same style for the boys as for the girls except in pink, purple or red.

Now whenever my mom holds up a skirt or dress, examines it and tries to make me try it on, I duck under the clothes and make a quick run to the men's department.

The first time I went to the men's department, I thought I was free. I found all the clothes I wanted and at the price I could afford. Even though my mom was against me looking like a boy, I bought the clothes anyway and have been feeling better ever since.

Styles have changed in this new year, but I'm not changing with it.

Dresses and skirts just don't catch my eye anymore. Pants and shorts bring out the Jocelyn in me, and I don't have to worry if I look too fat in these clothes or too skinny in others.

Department stores should expand their women's departments. Not everybody wants to walk around in overly tight pants, too short shorts or shirts that make you have to pad yourself with tissue.

Clothes should be decent and comfortable. They also should be easy to fit into.

Life is difficult enough. Picking out clothes shouldn't be.



JOCELYN NICOLE TAYLOR, 14, is a student at Corryville Catholic School.

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