Most of my friends will attest to the fact that I hate shopping with a vengeance. All those long lines, the endless shops, the manic crowd, the heat, the hopelessness of not finding something that catches your eye even after you’ve browsed through a million shops… I could go on. But there is one thing that makes me break my ‘Minimum Shopping‘ rule – Dresses.
I could go mad shopping for dresses. They are my one luxurious indulgence. Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved hunting for that perfect dress for each occasion.The thrill of finding one is quite magical.
Obviously being female, there are rules as to what dresses fall in that ‘perfect dress‘ category. The dress must hide all flabby curves and flatter appropriate angles. Certain colors flatter and must be hunted for relentlessly.
Contrary to how most people shop, I don’t take into account my body shape. First, I look for colors that catch my eyes. Upon closer inspection, I analyse the design. Any unnecessary ruffles, buttons, embroidery automatically shift the dress to the reject pile. Same goes for heavy, high maintenance materials. I believe that all my dresses should be easy-to-wear and suitable across occasions – drinks with friends, important meeting, family party etc. After all, each dress is an investment, another piece to my collection.
Last step, how does the dress feel?. Does it look good under the dressing room lights? Does it fit in all the right places? Would I be comfortable running around in this dress? Yes to all the above? Then, off to the counter we go.
This might seem like a long, drawn-out process. But when you find that perfect dress, it’s like ‘Ohmigod, where have you been all my life?‘ And that feeling my friends, is completely worth all that happens before.
What about you? Does shopping feel like sprinting hurdles to you? Let me know in the comments below.