Saturday, 5 May 2012

Does My Bum Look Big in This?

Are you drawn to your local shopping mall like a magnet? Or do you prefer to settle into the sofa, laptop warming your legs, ready to shop up a storm from the comfort of your own home? 

Before the home shopping option was available, a Saturday spree was an outing in itself, and was often a sociable jaunt in the company of a best friend or relative. As a teenager, going shopping on a Saturday was akin to a rite of passage. Even though the booty was only likely to be a stick of lipstick, it would, nonetheless, constitute a full day’s activity. 

A successful day shopping could only be classed as such if your feet were aching, you’d stopped for lunch, and squeezed in at least two coffee breaks. Part of the fun was also having a companion with you. Someone who shamelessly encouraged your spending, picked out garments which you’d have normally dismissed immediately, and doled out helpful advice in the changing room. Normally, the kind of advice that saw you struggling into various garments ad infinitum until you were red in the face and frazzled. You’d end up wondering why you were friends with this person when you got home, tried on your new dress and realised that you were right all along to think you looked like a moron. This lapse of rational thinking can happily be excused though, by the constant distraction of trying to ensure that no one was able to see you in your undies in the changing rooms. 

The horror of a communal changing room is, thankfully, a thing of the past. Only pre-pubescent teens could ever have enjoyed that experience, as they smugly bemoaned to a friend that the size 8 was just too big. 

Worse still, is the sorry situation when a store has got the changing room experience just right. Helpful, but unobtrusive, members of staff fetch alternative sizes, comment on the appeal of your choices and allow you to make up your own mind as you twirl below the pitch-perfect lighting, designed to flatter to the utmost. It’s only when you get home and try on your purchase again in the cold light of day that you realise you’ve been duped. 

It’s usually at this point that you switch on the laptop and treat yourself to a conciliatory pair of shoes. At least if you haven’t been marching about the shops all day, you can rest assured that your feet won’t be fat!

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Thanks to the lovely Catherine for writing this guest post. Does this sound familiar to any of you? I know I've been in that situation a few times, and sometimes I'd much rather just shop from the comfort of my laptop!! ♥
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*I was paid to feature this guest post.

10 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this post, definitely reminds me of being a teenager!!

    xo

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it - I thought so too! xxx

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  2. I miss the days when I would literally go on shopping trips that lasted from 10am to 6pm. I used to love Tammy Girl and Miss Selfridge and I remember when I was a teenager Topshop wasn't that cool at all, how times change lol! I do prefer internet shopping now though, more choie & cheaper x

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    1. Yeah I miss those days too! Omg I totally forgot about Tammy Girl - that's what New Look used to be right? Haha Topshop definitely wasn't cool when I was young - although tbh I don't think it's all that cool now either :D xxx

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  3. I only shop by myself anymore, I always feel so bad dragging someone along with me! Internet shopping has definitely made me cut down though, if I go once a month it's enough. I do have a shopping date with the bf this week since we both desperately need jackets, I'm predicting that it ends up with him sitting on lots of "boyfriend couches", and me leaving the store depressed that nothing fits me haha...

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    1. I feel you! My boyfriend HATES shopping - I feel so bad because he always mopes around with my looking miserable, until we get to a GAME store of course and then I have to endure 2 hours (yeah it's been known to happen!) xxx

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  4. i loved reading this post, ts so true, i'm sure they have some sort of special lighting in the fitting rooms,
    where i used to work i won't mention shop names but the mirrors were designed to make you look slimmer than you were, i used to stand staring straight into them everyday!lol!
    i much prefer my online shopping, theres nothing more smug than knowing you got the last one in stock, and you can laugh at the comp screen :)
    can hardly do that in the shop when someone's round the same clothing rack as you, breathing down your neck, waiting for you to put it down.

    :)

    x x x x

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    1. Oh nooo I had no idea shops did that. I have to admit though my least fav is def Hollister for their changing rooms. They're so dark and cramped and the guy waiting makes you feel so much pressure to look like a super model surf babe in their clothes xxx

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  5. This was a great read, I remember those days as if it were yesterday but I've had enough bad experiences with in store shopping to last a life time. I remember one time the sales girl was so adamant to get me to buy it that she was willing to sell me a pair of jeans that was a size to small. Saying that after I wear it a few times the material will stretch so if I buy it to actually fit me it would end up being too big. lol
    I just walked out of the store and never shopped there again.

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    1. That's a crazy story I can't believe they'd do that!! I say good for you for never going back!! xxxx

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