So, my shopping trip went off without a hitch. Three hours on my own, trying on clothes and shoes, attempting to test each item of clothing by recreating the contortions generally necessary in the course of my child-rearing life (squatting down like I’m hugging a child or kissing an owie, reaching high like I’m imitating a crane or trying to lift a child onto a piece of playground equipment).
And, of course, talking to myself out loud the whole time.
I joke that having my kids with me helps me seem less like a crazy lady when I’m talking to myself. When I’m alone, I should probably wear a hands-free device so people just think I’m rude. The first several times I encountered someone talking on a hands-free device in the office supply store or in the airport, I seriously thought they must be schizophrenic until I noticed the piece of plastic stuck in their ear. I’m sure someone (besides me) must have written about how our modern lifestyle mimics mental illness.
My cell phone is always dead, so I’m not sure what my excuse is. I just talk to myself. I’m excellent company.
What was I talking about?
Oh, yes! My new wardrobe!
I bought two pair of pants, five shirts, a cardigan, a blazer, three pair of socks, three pair of underwear, a matching necklace and earrings, a pair of cute shoes with little heels, and an awesome pair of Big Boots.
Here are some shots of one of the outfits I tossed together with the clothes I bought today, along with some close-ups of my new shoes:
I bought everything on sale, but still the total was staggering to a thrift-store/lost-and-found-box shopper like myself. My husband did a very good job of reassuring me that it’s okay to spend money on clothes (as long as I don’t spend this much at one time but once every ten years or so).
The clothes today are all in neutral tones, wardrobe “basics” that I can mix and match with anything else in my closet, basically. I’ll combine them with colored items I already own, like tops, skirts, and the beautiful silk pashmina I bought in 2004 but didn’t know how to wear until I looked it up online yesterday.
Oh, I have big plans for my new clothes. Especially those boots.