A few days ago Nina and I were in Aeropostale trying on some jeans. Well, Nina was. While we have been so very lucky that we get very nice, high brow hand me downs from Rorys** girls, we usually fill in the gaps with new pants. Anyhoo, I was chatting with the manager about how our girls always complain to us about the waist being too big in all the jeans ('oh, boo-hoo, get over it' I tell Nina). She showed me a pair of jeans she had just got in the store from a return, "from P.S., its a size 12." They looked too big for Nina, so I didn't dwell on them long. But I did stop to wonder what she meant when she was saying 'P.S.'. Normally I would've questioned her about it, but I didn't. Probably because I was sort of tickled that I could fit into Aero's things (so you know, Im really pushing it with the size XL). But hello, just because you can fit into the same things as your kids, doesn't mean that you should. However, if we didnt have moms going around dressing in styles meant for their kids, how on earth would the network fill the What Not To Wear time slot, right?
Yes, I will admit that I have bought a few things from Aero for myself lately. Its just, in this LaVidaRecessionista, they're so darn affordable. I try to stay away from the pieces that actually say 'AERO' on them. This is what bugs me about Aero. Their styles are cute, yes. But why do they have to plaster AERO on almost every single piece they design? While I'm happy to pay lower prices for their items, I feel like the fact that it blasts 'AERO' on the shirt shouts to all who see it "HEY, I DIDNT PAY MUCH FOR THIS!" Maybe it's just me but I dont really like to advertise that I'm a cheap cheeky monkey these days. Call it pride. But if you were shopping for clothes at WalMart or Target, would you really buy something that has those names plastered across the chest?
It's my own internal battle, because my kids, bless their hearts, are totally fine with shopping at Aero, Target, WalMart, even the second hand stores. And if the kids don't really care, then I'll try not to care. Dang, it's hard to do that.
Ok, so this morning I finally figured out what the manager at Aero was talking about when she mentioned 'P.S' . Its Aeropostale for the age 7-14 crowd. which in human-speak means the age 5-12 crowd :) Yes, yes, tis a sister store! I am going to order a few items to see how their sizes pan out. I'll let you know what I discover. And yes, their pieces are no different, they too are all covered in P.S. as well as AERO insignia. Oh well, can't really turn down a sassy, $15 hoodie now can we? No we cannot.
They do have stores, but none are located in any towns close. I forsee The District and/or South Towne getting one.someone remind me to apply for a job at Chilis.