Clothes shopping

I hate buying clothes. I think I always have.  As a young person it was lack of financial resources that seemed like the problem.  Now I am really clear it is the process.  I feel overwhelmed with choice, I feel confused by what will suit me, I loathe the whole trying it on process.  The problem gets worse because  I go shopping for clothes so rarely that the pressure on each shopping trip is way too high. I have to find something that suits me/fits/is affordable/right for purpose of the outfit and it all feels like the last chance saloon, because if I don’t find it today, I ain’t coming back.

Online shopping doesn’t seem any easier.  I buy things and leave them in the parcel for days whilst I pluck up the energy/courage/enthusiasm to try them on.  I feel like a failure when I have to return anything.

This is all totally ridiculous and I have no idea where it comes from.  Right now, is a crisis period, I need some new clothes and it all feels far too difficult.  I suspect the old problem of lack of financial resources is a problem still.  In order to find bargains it seems like you need to really shop around, and that is just not going to happen.  I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe, but lack the confidence to decide what goes into it.

For a while a friend sold seconds of high street brands and she had an excellent eye for what suits me, so it was like having an amazing personal shopper with really bargain prices for the clothes.  Sadly, for me anyway, she decided to move on from that venture.

I probably just have to bite the bullet and blinking well go shopping don’t I?  Wish me luck.



2 thoughts on “Clothes shopping”

  1. I completely understand where you’re coming from. I feel just the same! Are you going to let us know whether you bought anything and how it went? I’d love some titbits of advice. Good luck!


    1. I bought loads actually. As soon as I posted this, I tried on the parcels of clothes which were awaiting me. I asked someone to help me judge fit and style and kept a couple of pairs of trousers and asked for exchanges on some tops that didn’t quite work. And then I decided to buy a new bag to “bring it all together”. Yesterday I bought some more things from Oxfam and received the replacement tops. So I am feeling a lot more able to get dresses now. But, I need to sort of stay in the habit of buying things I think. It is so difficult because I do it so rarely I suspect.


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