Lot 48: it looked better on the rack

April 12, 2016

it looked better on the rack

*beware, this post is a bit of a rant.*

i would consider myself a low maintenance girly girl. the kind who wears converse sneakers and jeans but also loves a pair of 4 inch heels and getting all dressed up now and then.

i feel a stereotype with women is they love to go shopping.  "retail therapy." women bond over trying on clothes in dressing rooms and modeling them in the mirror and asking each other advice.  women walk into a clothing department and see what i could only compare to a candy store.  options, options, options.  #firstworldproblems.  

i am not one of the those people.  i don't remember a time when i ever liked shopping.  shopping has always been a chore for me. i dread it, never enjoy myself, and do it as fast as i can. here are the reasons why i dislike this anthropoligeic activity:

1) the looking 
looking through all the racks and trying to find something that a) is in your size and b) you actually like.  i always find it incredibly difficult for those two categories to come together.  the process usually goes "oh look! this shirt is so cute! but oh no! it's way too small......" then the hunt begins for the exact shirt in the appropriate size.

also when i go shopping  as i walk into those beautifully crafted white pillars (wherever you shop for clothes, it's always white somehow, a calming color. unless you're in target, then it's red, buy! buy!  buy!)

2) the trying on
i'm sure every one has this problem.  you find a shirt or pants, or shorts or whatever and take it into the dressing room to try on only to find that it looked waaay better on the rack. but it was so cute! that is one of the most disappointing feat of shopping.

but really, i have never once tried one clothes in a dressing room and thought to myself  'dang, i look goooood.  i love my body.  why aren't i model.  i should go audition for america's next top model right now.'  even if i like my body at that moment in time, the second i enter a dressing room, all self esteem goes out the window.  shirts are never long enough on my torso and loose enough on my boobs at the same time.  its very awkward.  and don't even get me started on pants.  and my legs are so muscly that every time i try on a dress i look like i escape field hockey practice.

i also hate the task of taking clothes on and off, on and off, on and off.  i find it incredibly annoying.  

3) sticking to your budget your planned beforehand and eliminating things you liked to not overspend.

if i do happen to find things that i do like on me that are actually cute, then i have to begin the process of eliminating clothes so i can stick to my budget.  if i somehow lucked out and found a lot of clothes that i really liked, eliminating is the hardest.  'well i do have a lot of blue shirts.  this shirt is pink.  i don't have a lot of pink shirts.  and so on and so on.  it's like you found some new friends and you want to hang out with all of them and take them to a party but you can only get a certain number of friends in.  tough. decisions. 

4) the amount of time it takes

given how much i dislike this task, i really don't like spending time doing it.  i find it boring and there are always a thousand other things that i would rather be doing than shopping. i try to get it done in a half hour.  even if i need to practically replace my entire wardrobe, i give myself only a half hour.  get it done as fast as possible. warp speed. i get really bossy with the sales people and bark "get this in an 8!" fast fast fast!! once i'm done, it's like being done with a chore that your mom forced you to do that you dreaded doing but you couldn't go play with your friends until it was done.  slap those hands together, you're finished!


i guess there is some thing i understand could be fun about shopping.  it's like taking home a new puppy.  i like shopping with friends for friends.  i like giving my friends advice on their clothes when they try things on and helping them pick things out.  i just don't like picking things out for myself.

does anybody feel the same way? 


  1. Have you ever thought of trying stitchfix? It's fantastic because you don't have to find time for shopping, it comes straight to you to try on and you just send back whatever you don't want. It can be pricey but you can pick the price point you want to stay in for different pieces. You fill out a form with sizes and such and pick which different styles you like. Plus, you can make up a pinterest board to connect it too to show your stylist what you like. My first fix I only kept 1 out of 5 pieces, but my 2nd was a 5/5. Here's my referral code if you want to check it out and try it: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/7125455

  2. AMEN! I hate shopping!

    I LOVE having new clothes. I'm not going to lie about that. But I hate shopping. I hate everything about it.

    (And in response to the above comment, I have considered StitchFix and that doesn't appeal to me either. I hate shopping, but not enough to pay someone to do it for me.)

  3. Yeah often things look good on the rack but not on me, although at times it is the other way around just not that often and shopping for jeans can be a nightmare

  4. I hear ya on this! I like to do online shopping (with lots of returns).



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