Monday, October 18, 2010

Retail Therapy?


I hate shopping. Call me un-American. Call me unfeminine. But I can’t stand it. If I could, I would gladly hire a personal shopper to replenish my wardrobe if it meant I never had to step foot in a mall. I have friends who could happily spend hours digging through the racks at TJMaxx and come out looking like a model for some high end department store. Not me. I like looking nice. I just don’t like the process of getting there.


When I went back to work, I knew I needed a wardrobe upgrade, but I had no idea how badly I needed one. I thought I had plenty of clothes that were somewhat fashionable and job appropriate, but in the last month, I’ve purged half my closet. I found shirts that barely hid my belly button, pants that pre-dated my love for low-rise, and skirts that were short enough to make to make me blush. These clothes haven’t been touched in years, and some have traveled with me through 3 PCS moves with the title of “I’m sure I’ll wear this one day.” Now they’re awaiting either a trip to Good Will or a trip to the dump.


Looking at my sad and lonely closet, I had no other choice but to hit the mall. Over the weekend, Mr. Roller Coaster watched the kids, and I had a whole afternoon to shop to my heart’s content and bust my paycheck. Most women would kill for an afternoon like mine. Not me. The clothing options made my head spin. The dressing rooms made me claustrophobic. And the checkout lines made me impatient.


But 3 hours later, I came home with bags bulging full of clothes I can’t wait to wear. My closet is already thanking me. And I was able to shop without 2 kids running around the stores and escaping under dressing room stalls while I was half naked. So I can’t complain too much.


But I think the next time I have an afternoon all to myself, I’ll skip the mall and head to a spa.


11 comments:

  1. I love shopping....but I also love your idea of the spa!!

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  2. Lol. I love shopping... but I definitely get frustrated at times. I tend to hate most trends so it's hard for me to weed through it all and find some classic pieces that won't be out of style in a week. Prices generally annoy me too but with experience, I've learned how to get the best deals! I wish I could shop for you, I love shopping for my friends and family!

    xx

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  3. I feel the same way. Ryan and I went shopping for winter clothes last week as for my job I really needed some nice things. Ugh. I felt like I was trapped under those florescent lights! And needing to try on three sizes of any different thing thanks to an awkward (aka curvy) body shape made me want to run out to the car and hide under my husbands broken muffler.

    I am totally with you on the spa thing.

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  4. I hear you on this one...I hate shoping unless it for other people...bc other people seem to wear specific sizes you go, you grab, you go home...NOT me...I go spend all day trying on clothes getting hot sweaty and super discouraged becuase the hanger loves it but my body hates it...and nothing is as cute on me as it is the hanger...and then I go home with nothing...again...So I am extrememley with you an that "HATE Shopping" thing

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  5. You are NOT alone! I H-A-T-E to shop! So much, that I literally feel sick and anxious just trying to find things that match or will go with something else! My husband has alwys gone with me and picked out what I will try on and what I will buy! It worked perfect for us - all I had to do was sit down and wait to try on the clothes! Since he's been deployed I have driven myself C-R-A-Z-Y having to shop for myself. I barely bought anything for summer and have managed to pick out a couple of outfits for work (one was on a manequin - that was easy). I'm even recycling clothes from 3 years ago for Fall (only because I've lost some weight and can get back in them now) - they are like 'new clothes' all over again! :o)

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  6. I hate shopping too! But that stems from many years of working at a mall. Now i can't stand to be there. And i get really annoyed when the sales people aren't doing a good job. :)

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  7. Oh, not sure if my previous comment saved. Anyway - I'm a secret shopaholic - I wish I could do your shopping for you and save you the trouble! But I'll meet you at the spa, too...

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  8. Yay!! Congrats on getting a wardrobe update accomplished! I hate shopping as well. That's probably why I have about 5 shirts in my rotation and I'm heading into a cold season with no weather appropriate clothing. I think a shopping trip will be on my agenda very soon. Blah!

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  9. Yay for a new wardrobe! I actually dont really like shopping a whole lot either. Its just so much work. Blech.

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  10. I'm the same way, I don't really like to go shopping unless I have enough money and motivation. And I'm shopping at a specific store. :) Then I have fun.

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  11. Gee...that's why Al Gore "invented" the internet! Can't see wasting time driving to the mall, fighting for a parking space, and then trudging endlessly through packed stores facing off with unhappy shoppers and retail workers. I'm with you: Give me a trip to a spa any day!

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