I was reading a post over at Squirreler’s about shoes, and the article mentioned how women require more shoes than men.
I started thinking about all the TV shows and movies I have watched that showed women just loving their shoes, and needing new pairs very regularly. I then thought about my own closet. I have some shoes and some clothes, but I do not require a walk-in closet to hold my ‘vast’ wardrobe. I would love to magically have racks of nice clothes to choose from each day, but I do not. Mainly, because I cannot stand clothes shopping. My reasons are as follows:
- I am cheap. I cannot bring myself to pay full price for anything, and nice shirts are very hard to come by at a decent price. I quite often check the sales racks at certain stores, but quite often, “extra small” is the only size left in the clothes I like. (News flash: I have not been an extra small size for about 25 years.)
- I have no torso. I am 5 foot 2, which is considered short. However, I am not only short, but I am disproportionate. Being torso-less means that normal length shirts are abnormally long on me, and are not the most flattering. So, I have to try on a million shirts whenever I shop to find one that looks good. I could shop more frequently in the petite section, but quite often, petite clothes are designed to appeal to the older crowd. I may not be a style maven, but I do know that I don’t want to wear a shirt with strawberries embroidered on the front.
- I can’t find pants that fit. Since my torso is so short, my legs are a little longer. However, many petite sized pants are too short, and normal length pants are too long. Sure, I could have pants altered, but that is way too much work.
- I am ‘Style-Blind’. Quite often, I will overhear conversations between women, and they will be discussing the latest styles for the season. I was not born with a style-gene, so these conversations are totally lost on me. I am fine with the very basics, but I have no confidence in my ability to pull off some unique combination of clothes that some other people could probably make look great. I know not to match stripes with polka dots (good thing I hate both), but that is about where my knowledge ends. Oh, and don’t even get me started on how to wear fashionable boots.
- Dressing room mirrors and lighting. This needs no further explanation.
What about you? Are you a person that just loves to shop? Would you be miserable without a walk-in closet?