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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

ack, clothes

I'm not a great clothing shopper. Clothes shopping awakens the inner 6-year-old me being dragged through the store by my mom.

...Can't we go to the bookstore now? Or spend that money on a vacation?

I used to rely on Grandma's annual clothing infusions at Christmas, but now she is older and just sends money. I have about 3 outfits, and they are all the same uniform: slacks, long sleeve tee, ancient pilled sweater that has outlasted its proper TJ Maxx lifespan, Earth shoes. (At least the shoes are snazzy.)

But suddenly I am faced with clothes shopping. I have all these talks lined up with alumni from my alma mater who rank high in their nonprofit organizations. I'm visiting their offices, and I don't want to look like I'm still in college.

I've figured out that I should find a dressy-but-not-formal outfit, such as white shirt, slacks, blazer. An outfit that says, "I am professional and put-together, and although I know and respect that this is not a job interview, it could be one in the near future, at which point I will be astute enough to wear a dark suit, but not before then."

But, damn!, professional clothing is expensive. It's no wonder I don't have any.


Blogger Ann F said...

Tell me about it. My single pair of jeans won't cut it when I decide to look for a new job. (Actually, I'm not entirely convinced they cut it at my current job, either, but nobody's said anything.)

Then there's the problem with finding something that fits and doesn't look stupid when brick-and-mortar stores don't carry your size. Like I want to pay S&H just to discover that the pockets stick out and the chest is too tight and I have to tug on everything to get it to feel comfortable.


10:17 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Exactly! Everything you said!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Narya said...

I don't remember the last time I shopped in a store. I buy my clothes online--the only exceptions would be (if I do finally get a Professional-Type Job) JJill (even if it is soccer-mom-ish) and Territory Ahead (even if their catalogue sounds like J. Peterman), because both have stores in my city and I wouldn't have to pay shipping that way. Incidentally, those two, plus LLBean, are my standbys. Title 9 is good for some things, too. (If you decide to buy from Bean, I have that card and can get you free shipping.)

I really hate shopping, though.

11:17 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

I found today that the in-store sales have better discounts than online. Maybe it's an inventory-moving thing.

11:16 PM  

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