Over on the Chameleons Forum, someone – Pat, I think – asked if any of us had been buying clothes during COVID19. Online or otherwise, but purchasing new threads, cosmetics, shoes, etc.
It’s a tricky thing shopping, IMO. On the one hand, finding a bargain or an item that complements or updates an outfit is rather nice. Yesteryear’s skirt and shoes made stylish by a new top or mixing up a much loved tunic with different jeans. Whatever the item, if it works with you and feels good: that’s a win in my book.
The flip side is shopping because we are bored. Maybe we’re looking to distract, validate ourselves, a treat because we’ve been working hard, or the (perceived) need for something new.
There was an article many years ago saying that the shopping thrill isn’t about the having, it’s the looking and finding. There was a similar piece that the Ever Lovely Mrs J passed on, stating that when some folk embark on a new hobby, they buy new things before actually doing the activity. While it must be tough to start running or painting without anything, I think there are ways to try the hobby before spending a mint on stuff. Classes, clubs, help from a friend, etc.
On a related note, I think it was Lauren Laverne who said that at one point she was desperate for either yoga trousers and/or the shoes. She went on to say that it wasn’t so much the look, as the lifestyle that went with that look. I wonder how many folk are looking across at the greener grass, thinking those on the other side have it better? Has it always been thus? Furthermore, if the thought that buying into the uniform gets you into that world – even if only as a temporary identity – does that explain my leanings towards the office look? To join the rat race, only in slightly fancier garb. 🙂
I still buy stuff, but I’m beginning to think of these points.
- How often will I wear this?
- Does this go with anything else I have?
- Am I replacing something that’s seen better days?
- Is it a bargain if I need new shoes or a new top to make it work?
- Am I buying into the lifestyle?
All of the above and that’s before we get to is it too trendy? (and likely to date terribly) or will this suit me?
There’s been a number of styles over the years that look amazing on some folk. Yet, on my frame, it seems like a sack of potatoes wrestling for control over a column of badly stacked broken bricks. 😛 Witness also the micro trend of either very tight sports luxe or the other extreme, paper bag style dresses and skirts with little to no shape.
So, no. I’ve not been buying much. Perhaps that will change when we start to meet up in September. Plus, I’m more of an Autumn/Winter person in terms of colours, looks, and layers. Here’s to cooler weather and enjoying wrapping up against the chill. Maybe I should simply ignore the things that don’t quite work for me, try a few new ideas once in a while, yet stay with variations on the styles that do.