I Think I Will Just Wear a Paper Bag: Please Don’t Make Me Shop For Clothes!
Fashion has never been something I have truly appreciated. I am not one to flip through magazines and sometimes an outfit catches my eyes, but most of the time clothing are not something that I even remotely think about. But there are times when I have to, we all have to, get dressed up for a special occasion and we have to drag ourselves to some sort of establishment that sells clothing that will make us look and feel good. Or at least buy something that doesn’t have a stain on it! Really, we cannot wear a paper bag out of the house no matter how much easier that would be!
Having read the Old Navy and Gap are Really MOM Jeans post I cried a little and thought about both my booty and my closet. There was no article of jeans in my closet that worked for my “ass”ets. And then I read the Letter to Bra Manufacturers and I mouthed Thank You to the computer screen.
These two articles help highlight one important fact: We are ALL shaped differently and we all look good (and bad) in different clothes. So a crazy, overwhelming, overabundance of clothing stores exists for us to shop at. Or walk through and wonder “Umm, what exactly do you wear with that?” or “Don’t these designers understand that I have to wear a bra!? THAT will never work.”
Our family photos are this weekend. My friends on Facebook must loathe when I have family photos because I cry about my failures at finding outfits. Luckily my friends are great and they give excellent suggestions on what to wear. But here’s the thing. I simply can’t translate what they say to do into actuality. I head to the mall and get LOST in aisles of clothing. I grab a few things to try on, look in the mirror, and am never truly satisfied with nice clothes that equal a few dollars more than I would like to pay.
Would coupons for clothing make shopping any better? Possibly, but maybe not. When you add coupons to the stress of clothes shopping a scenario that you never thought could happen, does happen. Say you have a $25/$100 Express Coupon. You have two shirts in your hand and your total is $75 (or so you think), so you grab a necklace that is fantastically priced at $25.99 and your total is magically bumped to that magic $100 mark. Now you didn’t need or want that necklace, but it was just the right price. As you are paying some magical discount appears on the screen and the second shirt goes from $38 to $15. Under many circumstances this would elicit jumps for joy, but by golly, you just worked HARD to reach that $100 mark and even grabbed a necklace you didn’t truly need to get there. Now you can’t even use that coupon and you feel like you just got a little screwed out of your free $25. The joy of having found what is possibly a great shirt just got squashed by that coupon that you couldn’t use.
Shopping for clothes is painful and I would rather wear a paper bag. Seriously. I look at the photo in this post and think to myself “Really? That is what you chose to wear for last years photos? Really?” I think I will grab a few paper bags, tape, and markers and create a new fashion. Care to join me?
Let’s hear it from the ladies who think shopping is a chore. Or more than a chore….torture perhaps? What would you rather do than shop for clothes?
On the other hand, if you really like fashion, but you also like getting a good deal, let us know a few good websites or store to shop!