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Clothing Annoyances
As I checked my clothing out in the bathroom mirror this morning at work, making sure it was still looking discrete but nice, I mulled over a problem I often have. When I buy clothes, I really have no idea if I will like them. I mean, a lot of items will look good in the store mirrors, but they will prove to be annoying when I wear them for long periods of time. They might look rumpled quickly. Shirts sometimes ride up, pants prove uncomfortable when sitting for awhile... problems like that.

Occasionally however, an item will be completely delightful. It will hold its shape while staying comfortable but cute all day. I love it when that happens! The problem is that when I buy something, I don't know if it will fall into the "annoying so I hardly ever wear it" category, or the "this is great so I wish I could wear it every day" category.

This means that I hardly ever buy multiples of the same item. If I really like something, if I find a garment to be extra useful, I'd want to have the same thing in a few different colors. But when shopping, I don't actually know if I'll really like it. It's only after wearing it awhile that I know if it's any good or not. I don't want to waste money buying extras of something I won't like.

Of course by the time I realize that something is so great, and get around to returning to the store, it's no longer in stock. That's generally the way of women's clothing. So frequently I find my closet full of stuff that isn't quite right, and maybe one or two things I really like. Frustrating!

I'm very fond of the shirt I'm wearing today. I'll have to look at the tag and see where I got it. Maybe if I'm lucky I can find more of the same style.... but since I got it last year (I think), it's not very likely.
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From: kivrin Date: May 9th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know what's an awesome, fun way to get rid of the not-quite-right stuff? Clothes swap party. Get a bunch of your women friends of various sizes who want to clean out their closets, have everyone bring food and clothes to swap, designate a room for a changing room (or, depending on the mores of your circle, put the shades down and strip down to your undies) and start trying on each others' not-quite-right clothes. Don't worry about swapping item for item - just free-for-all it. Unclaimed items go to goodwill/salvation army/career closet/whatever.

I need to have another one of those parties.
From: writerwench Date: May 9th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's an excellent idea. I wish more of my face-to-face girlfriends were local, and even remotely near my size - this would be SUCH a cool way to recycle garments!

I'd end up with some really pretty scarves. And perhaps gloves.
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: May 9th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Men's clothing is like that, too. I have a Dockers dress shirt from Penny's that I'd like about five more of, but they no longer carry them.
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: May 9th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
my friend gets around this by buying multiple colors of the same outfit... if they don't please her during the week that she has them, they all go back. If they do make her happy, she keeps them all.

She has the same thing with shoes, which I can't rationaly explain. This isn't a guy not understanding a girl thing but she buys multiple black shoes from different places, and then just returns them (with out wearing them). She does this all the time.

She once told me that she just likes going shopping for black shoes.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 10th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
The shoe thing is too funny! I like shopping for shoes, but I generally do it at Payless so I don't go broke.

Part of the problem is that I dislike returning things, it's all inconvenience without any reward.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 10th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I actually WEAR the shoes I buy!
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