A few weeks ago, Frances wrote a blog post about Women and Shopping. It popped up in my memory this weekend, because her way of doing it (with a companion, and including coffee and lunch) is not mine. With me, it’s more typically like this:
With the arrival of the Spring Sun (at the end of last week), I open my wardrobe and say to myself (because there’s no one else there): “I have nothing to wear!”
Now that phrase, in itself, I know is not very original. Millions of women must have said it before me!
However, just now it happens to be true (or at least it was last week); because since last spring, I have lost a lot of weight. From spring to autumn, I went down two sizes; and in September got started on exchanging my whole winter wardrobe. Most of the summer clothes I just left hanging, though – as there was no way to predict what size I might be when we got round to spring again!
Which brings us back to the Opening the Wardrobe scene above, and the exclamation “I have nothing to wear!” Because by now I’m down about four sizes compared to a year ago.
The way my mind works, this constitutes a Serious Shopping Situation, requiring Full Concentration; which means restaurants and chit-chat do not fit into it.
With or without companion, the fact is also that I don’t have the stamina to keep at it for very long at a time. Trying on lots and lots of clothes is not what my right (bad) shoulder likes best. So instead (in a Serious Situation like this), I find myself going shopping several days in a row; but only one or two shops at a time, and usually targeted on one kind of thing (even if of course I might just as well come home with something else).
This round of shopping frenzy went like this:
Friday: A pair of spring denim jeans was at the top of my list. (I.e. light blue rather than dark blue.) It was when trying on those that I discovered I’d gone down another size since November. This in turn led to buying two new tops as well. (Two for the price of 1½ – who buys just one??).
Saturday: By now I had tried on all my spring jackets and discovered that they had grown into Tents. So time to go hunting for a new allround Weatherproof one. (Waterproof and windproof but also breathing – I don’t know how they do it!) I found it, AND yipee, it was on sale for 2/3 of the original price.
Being on the roll, I also went back to the shop where I’d been the day before, and bought two tops on Supersale (15-20% of the original price), an expensive sporty kind of zipper cardigan, and a frock. (I never really seem to have any occasions to wear frocks; but I’ve been watching Trinny & Susanna on TV, and understand it’s a Must if you want to change your style. (Do I want to change my style, or am I happy just to downsize my old style? I’m not really sure!!!)
Sunday: Friday and Saturday afternoons I was able to also spend time just sitting and enjoying almost summer-warm sun on my balcony; which led to the realisation that (of course) I had no capri pants or shorts that fit me any more either. So off to the shops again. One pair of khaki twill jeans, one pair of capris, one pair of navy blue shorts.
Monday: Some light clouds and a bit chillier again. Oops, it seems we have a Situation on the buttoned cardigan front as well! And light summer tops for when the sun comes back… Okay, I know where to go…
PS. The photo below shows where all my discarded clothes go. A new second hand shop just opened only a few blocks from where I live (on my way into town). Every time I buy something new, I also get rid of something old!