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Thoughts For Thursday: Why I Hate Clothes Shopping

June 2, 2011 · 40 comments

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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:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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