I was at the fabric store with The Mister earlier today. (I know. I’m wondering what he’s up to, also. Not only did he go with me, he willingly went along with me.) As I was looking at some fabric, he wondered aloud why I was fondling it since it would look terrible on me. He then pointed to some other fabrics and said that those weaves and colors would make excellent garments for me. He was right, of course. I told him that I was just admiring the fabric but wasn’t thinking about buying it. The fabrics he was pointing to were piques and linens in beautiful shades of blue (my favorite color) that were calling for me to make them into sheaths or summer suits (they didn’t come home with me…today).
But our short conversation made me think about how we get into shopping ruts. Our closet inventory exercise a few weeks ago may have illuminated a penchant for buying a certain type of garment–such as T-tops–to the detriment of a balanced wardrobe. Another rut may be the assumption that a certain style or color won’t look good on us OR that we always wear a certain size.
For this week’s Only Wear Beautiful Clothes™ assignment, you are to go “snoop shopping.” Now, if you sew, you may have already come across this term but for those that haven’t, snoop shopping is simply going on an imaginary shopping spree with the intention of trying on a variety of garments to help decide what garments to make in the near future. We’re going to broaden the concept a bit so that we can break out of the ruts that keep us from only wearing beautiful clothes.
Your Pretty Woman Assignment:
- Wearing an outfit you feel fabulous in, go to a large department store or mall that offers clothing a price point or two above what you normally wear. (Click here for the definitions for apparel price point categories)
- Choose garments you usually would choose and garments you would normally ignore
- Choose garments in a rainbow of shades and prints
- Take multiple sizes of the garments you choose and head into the dressing room
- Take photos of yourself, front and rear view, if possible, wearing each of the garments…no matter how you look in it. You’re not judging its merits at this point.
- Create a private Pinterest board and upload all of your images onto that board. Again, remain objective. You’re just uploading the images at this point. No judging allowed.
Have fun with this assignment. Make a day of it! If possible, pretend you are one of those “ladies who lunch” and have lunch in the department store dining room. If they still have one. If not, have a moment of silence for another lost example of gracious living.
Do you routinely go snoop shopping? Do you have any advice for your sisters in glamour who may be doing it for the first time?