Monday, July 06, 2009
I used to love to shop. I could spend hours in very store trying on new clothes and used go wild mixing and matching and accessorizing. My closet was always overflowing. Over the years, I had less and less patience trudging from store to store and trying on things. Shopping became a necessity. I knew exactly what I wanted and would walk into one of two stores, buy the items and leave. Much to my old shopping partners°¶ (friends and family) chagrin, I was no longer fun. Forget about spending a cold weekend day in the mall fingering every clothing item. I was ready to leave before they could make it through one rack of clothing. I never thought that my disinterest in shopping was related to the limited selection available to me in the stores. The internet and virtual stores on the web became my best friends.
Well, the tide is turning. In the last few weeks, I had to go shopping (yes, I did!!!) because I was out of clothes. I have been limiting myself to a few clothes at a time since they are transitional as I am losing weight. I was in dire need of work clothes and as many of you know, have been shopping almost every weekend. The kicker is that I have actually started enjoying it. While I could easily go shopping with my husband over the last few years and be done before he could complain, I am now annoyed by his impatience. The problem is twofold: I don°¶t know what size I am at any given moment and thus have to try things on and secondly I now have all these choices. So now I have him standing outside the store, knocking on the window and pointing at his watch. So what°¶s a girl to do?
My solution is to ditch my husband and pick up with my old shopping partners again. I have come full circle. Shopping is fun again. I am visiting stores that I had never visited before. I find myself trying on cute jackets and admiring myself in the mirror. Thankfully, I still had a little common sense in me and put the jacket back. I am hot-blooded and barely wear jackets in the winter let alone in the summer (but the black one really looked good- Éľ) . I tore myself away and tried to be rational and practical, an impossible task these days when there is all this stuff out there and in my size.
So, I have tried to make my summer work wardrobe black and white. It gives me infinite combinations and I can throw in a splash of color here and there to change things dramatically. It also helps me to limit my choices so that I am not overwhelmed out there. But I can already tell that I am heading down a slippery slope. Shopping could just redevelop into a hobby for me.