Like most women, I love buying new clothes and undeniably shoes are my weakness. But I have never been one to enjoy tireless hours of traipsing up and down high streets and around shopping centres frequenting women's clothes stores. I am very much an online surfer, and if I ever have to venture out on a dreaded clothes quest I am not a browser, or a 'sale skulker'-not because I am a snob or because I can afford to miss out on a bargain, but because there is nothing that is appealing to me about the hustle and bustle of women's clothes shops, digging around endlessly for your size, then queing for the changing rooms and then once making your selection waiting to be served by one of the two members of staff that have decided to show up for the weekend shift.
It is for a combination of these reasons, why I have several items hanging in my wardrobe that I have never worn, due to a frenzied panic whilst shopping, inspired by a pressing desire to just get in and out. Which has often resulted in me purchasing the wrong size or realising later my oversight that my garment was emblazoned with an inappropriate sexual slogan or covered in skulls- what's with skulls on everything by the way! Anyway I digress... the items I have never worn and will never wear, are constant reminders that taunt me everytime I am frantically rummaging through drawers for a suitable Saturday night ensemble. But the alternative of enduring the dreaded ordeal of attempting to return the items at the customer service desk whilst queuing for what feels likes months whilst potentially losing the will to live is just too overwhelming a thought.
I really can't understand why everyone doesn't prefer the easier option of shopping online. There is nothing appealing about having to beckon the sales assistant over to help find a pair of jeans in your size whilst sifting through the mounds of size 6's on the shelf. Is anyone a size 6? Or is this just a ploy by the retail industry to make us feel even more depressed so that we enter into a vicious cycle of retail therapy? I only have one friend who is a size 6, who will remain nameless just incase I have multiple friends who consider themselves to also be, but certainly are not! No matter what size you are, love it and embrace it, but please can retailers start stocking sizes of the average woman too? Ever wonder why all the size 6's are left on the shelf!
Don't worry I am aware that my evident distain for all day shopping sprees means that I should not be expecting a call from the Sex in the City girls any time soon. Besides I don't think Carrie Bradshaw would appreciate my response to her invitation- 'No thanks, but what time are you stopping to eat and talk about boys? Can I join you then?'