Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Shopping Rules for a Cross Eyed Rectangular Pirate Wench
Shopping is usually enjoyable for me but there are definitely a few exceptions. I like successful shopping which means I am actually one of those people who likes doing the grocery shopping. I am always successful at coming home with food. I like shopping for clothes and shoes when there is no pressing need because then it's much more relaxed and all about the pleasant surprise of getting something good. It's less fun to shop for something I need, like a bra. Bras and jeans are the worst and yet they are staples of my wardrobe so I have to shop for them once in awhile. It took me years to figure out what my proper bra size is. Despite reading the statistics that most women are wearing the wrong bra size and knowing that surely I was likely among them, I continued to buy bras that were too small and jeans that were too big. From this experience I have added two personal rules for shopping.
1. If you think you have just tried on the perfect bra size, try the next size up just in case.
2. Jeans have to take some effort to get on because they are going to stretch out after an hour's wear. Seriously, they are. Buy them tight, but not camel toe tight.
The other rules I need- or shall we call them guidelines-are rather specific to the kinds of places where I shop. I do a lot of shopping second hand. My wardrobe is largely second hand filled out with things from Target or the brand name discount store, Winners. Target is good for basics like tee shirts, belts, hosiery, and I have one or to sweaters from there as well. Winners can be great for a good deal but I must also remember that the items in stock are there because they didn't sell in their original store. That means they might be just a bit odd, fit poorly or be seconds. Sometimes that's okay but I have to remember to examine the clothes carefully for that. So here are more of my rules based on my shopping venues.
3. Inspect the items carefully and assume there is some kind of flaw or damage. They were donated or cast off by another retailer. There is a good chance there is something wrong with them.
4. Just because it's relatively cheap doesn't mean you need it.
Rule number four is one I really have to work on. Need is actually nearly irrelevant because I barely need anything. I recently read a set of shopping rules which suggested mostly shopping to fill your wardrobe gaps. Gaps? I don't have gaps unless you count my lack of red shoes. My lifestyle requires perhaps two pairs of jeans a week's worth of tops and one nice dress if I have to go somewhere fancy. But that's no fun! Shopping for second hand clothes allows me to play dress up and have fun with clothes because a skirt for $5 does not break my bank. The flip side of that is that I am prone to coming home with something that is good enough, or just okay, or will be the fifth black skirt in my closet. This is one of those special three sided coins though, so the other flip side is that at these prices I can afford to experiment and I can also afford to buy something that is good enough until I find a better version. Rule number four is the one I scoff at the most.
I like the idea of five rules so I'm adding one more. This one is about what to do after the shopping. I bought the clothes because they made me happy, but I am prone to leaving them in the closet waiting for the right moment to wear them. I know that is nonsense but I'm having some troubles allowing myself to wear something nice just for sitting around at home. When I am home of course I don't wear the shoes and usually forgo the jewelery except earrings, which I am never without. I want to change this habit and one of the best ways to follow through on something is to tell others you are going to do it. So today I am announcing that it is my goal to put on the clothes that make me happy and to share them on my blog even if I am not going out.
5. I deserve to wear my favourite clothes every day.
It took me a little while to figure out how I wanted to wear this outfit. Trial and error left me hating the look of it with a regular belt around my waist. I would like to try a wide one of contrasting colour but I don't own one. I do, however, own a plethora of scarves so I tied one around my waist and was quite satisfied.
The skirt is thrifted, the tee shirt is Walmart or Target, the shoes, are brand new SAS thrifted for me by my mother. She was so pleased with herself because she even applied her senior's discount. They are so comfortable I am likely to seek out more of that brand. The bangles are all thrifted as well.
As you know, I really needed another red bag. I found this one at the thrift shop for a few dollars. It's a little bit beaten up but I love the rustic look it has. The strap not showing is the part of it that has the most wear.
The pirate cat is already in her life raft. She must have seen the rats leaving the ship so I had better go too!
Do drop by and tell me what your shopping rules are. There are a few more life rafts around and about so you will be perfectly safe.